TOUR 4: From the Kalahari trough the Flowering Namaqualand to the Richtersveld

The Richtersveld National Park is the last inviolate nature reserve in South Africa, maybe because of its extreme isolated location in the far northwest of the country. The park borders on the Orange River, which is also the natural border between South Africa and Namibia.

This park is known for its unique landscape and flora. The volcanic mountains bring about the scenic charm, which is further explored in the valleys and plateaus. The flora is represented by an incredible variety of succulents. Some of them are endemic and do not occur in any other place of the world, for example the "Halfmensboom". Curiosity might draw you towards this last, almost untouched part of South Africa. However, this is not easy as this area can only be reached by 4x4 vehicles with appropriate equipment. You are far away from any civilization. Luckily this is not a problem, because we have the necessary equipment and knowledge to offer you an unforgettable adventure.

This tour proposal - which can be booked as a Camping or Chalet tour - has many tourist highlights which we will visit:
» Safari to South Africas second biggest National Park "Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park".
» The Augrabies Falls National Park, with the biggest waterfalls in South Africa.
» Namaqualand with its beautiful wild flowers in spring.
» The diamond area along the coast at Port Nolloth and Alexander Bay.
» The Richtersveld on its own.


Tour Program

Day 1: We pick you up fully equipped and drive to Twee Rivieren, the entrance to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, where we stay for the first two nights.
Overnight stay: Chalet in Twee Rivieren / Camping Two Rivers
Meals: Dinner.

Day 2: We spend another day in South Africa’s second biggest National Park where 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 sighting 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 in Twee Rivieren / Camping Two Rivers
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Today we drive 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: Augrabies Falls
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: 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 meals. Overnight stay here is in chalets because of the unstable weather (either too cold or too wet).
Overnight stay: Bed Rock Lodge Port Nolloth
Meals: No meals included.

Day 5: The gravel road leads us 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, where we'll set up camp for the next 2 nights (Camping version at De Hoop)); or further downstream, Tatasberg where we will overnight in lovely chalets (if chalet version is chosen) on the banks of the river. During our refreshing bath in the river, we may be fortunate enough to witness a fish-eagle hunting, or you can always go for an interesting stroll afterwards.
Overnight stay: Richtersveld; Chalet at Camp Tatasberg or camping at De Hoop Camp
Meals: Full board

Day 6: While enjoying our breakfast peacefully, we will have a good view of 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: Richtersveld; Chalet at Camp Tatasberg or camping at De Hoop Camp
Meals: Full board

Day 7: 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: Sendelingsdrift Chalet OR camping Pootjiespram.
Meals: Full board

Day 8: After breakfast we drive back trough the Namaqualand to Springbok.
Overnight stay: Springbok
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: After breakfast our drive takes us back to Upington where we’ll arrive in the early evening. Transfer to the Guesthouse of your choice. We recommend you to overnight at “Island View” OR “La fugue Guesthouse” or “Tshahitsi Lodge”. For more information’s of these recommended places, please click “Links” on our homepage.

Further notes: Luggage - Only necessary clothes can be taken and must be packed in a soft travel bag. MAXIMUM: 10 kg per person!! All other luggage will be stored safely in Upington.

Equipment: All our 4x4 vehicles are in top condition and equipped with GPS, radio and compressor. Our camping equipment is also only the best. The drivers are specially trained.

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!