TOUR 5: Jewels of the Northern Cape

Is there any reason why anyone should need to travel through the whole of South Africa, utilizing so much time and money?
The Northern Cape is the only province in South Africa with such great diversity and uniqueness, a world full of wonders and contrasts with spectacular attractions. The Northern Cape therefore has everything to your heart's desire, except overcrowded cities with all the hustle and bustle!

It has impressive parks with endless game and one of the most unique flora in the world. During this excellent two weeks' round about some of the most unique or worth seeing places we visit are Mokala and Kgalagadi National Parks for game drives and with a bit of luck, you might come across four of the "big five". Other highlights on this trip are Witsand Nature Reserve with beautiful trembling white dunes, South Africa's largest waterfalls at Augrabies Falls National Park, the flowering Namaqualand (August/September) and the tremendously rough landscape of the Richtersveld. Why waste your time for a slice at a time when you could have the whole cake in the same province. An unforgettable adventure awaits you. I would be more than happy to introduce you to the beauty of the Northern Cape.

Tour Program

DAY 1: We pick you up - fully equipped - at the Kimberley Airport around lunchtime.
Firstly go on a sightseeing tour of Kimberley's world famous symbol, the 'Big Hole'. Expect a lot of interesting information around the 'Girl's best friend', diamonds! After sight-seeing we drive from Kimberley to the Mokala National Park, where we'll spend our first 3 nights.
Overnight stay:         Chalet Mokala National Park
Meals:                      Dinner

DAY 2+3: From our base camp we undertake various safari drives through the park where we will come face to face with the impressive black and white rhinos, Zebras and Impalas, the grim Cape buffalo, the rare roan and sable antelope and tsessebe. This is a unique experience where you will have the opportunity to view the first two of the 'big five' in their natural habitat.
Overnight stay:         Chalet Mokala National Park
Meals:                      Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4: After a last game drive we drive to the next highlight, Witsand Nature Reserve.
Few eco-destinations in the Northern Cape are as scenic as Witsand Nature Reserve. It offers you sensual, flowing white dunes - twenty to sixty metres high - surrounded by copper-red Kalahari sand, Acacia woodland and the Langberg Mountain Range. It is home to the famous roaring sands of the Kalahari. Under the right conditions, these dunes utter an eerie rumbling sound when disturbed. Witsand Nature Reserve is highly recommended to all people who would love to experience their surroundings on foot. After climbing the dunes a splash in a crystal clear pool would refresh you.
Overnight stay:         Chalet Witsand Nature Reserve
Meals:                      Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5: After breakfast your next exceptional target of this tour awaits you.
We drive via Upington up to "Kgalagadi Lodge", just 5 km. far away from the entrance to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park, where we stay for the next 3 nights.
Overnight stay:         Calet Kgalagadi Lodge
Meals:                      Breakfast Only (There is a Restaurant available)

DAY 6: We spend another day in South Africa's second biggest National Park as day visitors. You will find game such as oryx, springbok, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest, which are seen very often. The Park is well-known for good sightings of the famous black-maned Kalahari lions and cheetahs and is a bird watcher's paradise with more than 20 larger raptor species.
Overnight stay:         Chalet Kgalagadi Lodge
Meals:                      Breakfast Only (There is a Restaurant available)

DAY 7: The early bird catches the worm - therefore we get up early not to miss out on anything exciting like a cheetah hunting his breakfast. Maybe too, a roaring predator might just cross our ways.
Overnight stay:         Chalet Kgalagadii Lodge
Meals:                      Breakfast Only (There is a Restaurant available)

DAY 8: Driving via Upington we continue further to Augrabies Falls National Park. En route we visit Tierberg Nature Reserve in Keimoes, from where one has a beautiful view over the lush green Orange River Valley. Visiting the water tunnels at Kakamas and paying a visit to the Augrabies Falls, which is the sixth largest waterfall in the world when South Africa's largest river, the Orange River, is in flood, are next on the list. Sightseeing and a game drive to awesome viewpoints like Ararat and Oranjekom on the Orange River Gorge, adds to the adventure. Giraffe, springbok, eland and klipspringer can be seen, while fish eagles and black eagles are common residents.
Overnight stay:         double room  Augrabies Falls Lodge
Meals:                      Breakfast Only (There is a Restaurant available)

DAY 9: A complete different landscape is waiting for you. Our drive through Namaqualand via Springbok and Steinkop to Port Nolloth on the coastline of the Atlantic ocean. After a lovely evening stroll along the beach enjoying a spectacular sundown you can enjoy a dinner at one of the restaurants specializing in fish menus.
Overnight stay:         Bed Rock Lodge Port Nolloth OR similar
Meals:                      No meals included.

DAY 10: We continue our journey further north along the coast up to Alexander Bay. Then further to Sendelingsdrift. Only a big copper mine exists in this little village and the Park Management Head Office of the Richtersveld National Park is also situated here. After booking formalities, we drive with our 4x4 vehicles over passes and plateaus through the unique and beautiful landscape of the Richtersveld down to the Orange River, and further downstream to "Tatasberg Wilderness camp" where we will overnight in lovely chalets on the banks of the river. During our refreshing bath in the river, we may be fortunate enough to witness fish eagle hunt, or you can always go for an interesting stroll afterwards.
Overnight stay:         Chalet at Camp Tatasberg OR Gannakurieb
Meals:                      Breakfast & Diner

DAY 11: While enjoying our breakfast peacefully, we will have a good view over the river that attracts plenty of different water birds. Today our drive leads us into the inner section of the park, with high plateaus and a wonderful view over the Richtersveld landscape. We have enough time to stop for some beautiful photos or go on a relaxing walk.
Overnight stay:         Chalet at Camp Tatasberg OR Gannakurieb
Meals:                      Breakfast & Diner



DAY 12: After breakfast the trip leads us further through the wild Richtersveld Park up to the Daba Pass (with fascinating view points) down to Daba River. Driving down the steep pass, we need low range gears to master the extreme decline. All mountain slopes in this area are covered with plenty of Botterboom trees. These trees look very much like little bonsai trees.
Overnight stay:         Chalet Sendelingsdrift
Meals:                      Breakfast & Diner

DAY 13: Our drive back to Springbok is through the spectacular landscape of the Namaqualand.
Overnight stay:         double room Springbok
Meals:                      Breakfast ONLY

DAY 14:  After breakfast our drive takes us back to Upington where we'll arrive in the early evening. Transfer to Tshahitsi Lodge where you can enjoy your last overnight stay.
Overnight stay:          Chalet Tshahitsi Lodge Upington
NO meals included:    There are Restaurants everywhere.

DAY 15: After Breakfast (included) short transfer to the nearby Airport.
IMPORTEND INFORMATION:
should you book this tour between end of JULY until about middle of SEPTEMBER we
HIGHLY RECOMMEND to lengthen this tour, with an ADDITIONAL Overnight stay at Springbok, because this would be the RIGHT TIME to observe the natural wonder when the wild flowers at the Namaqualand be in blossom.
 

For detailed information and valid price list please contact us.

 

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION

Since 1 June 2017 a NEW Tourist Tax of US$ 30 per Person is payable by ALL Visitor's from oversee visit Botswana. This tax can be paid by Credit Card on ANY Botswana Border post, and is NOT INCLUDED in the indicated Tour price!