Kalahari and Cape West Coast
“Land of the San”
Day 1 Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay
From Cape Town the road leads northwards to the West Coast National Park with it’s wealth of migratory wading birds. The vantage point at the Shepherd’s hut gives a panoramic view of the Langebaan lagoon stretching for 30 kilometers.
Stop over at the lagoonside resort of Langebaan and take a short stroll along the beach before traveling northwards past Vredenburg to the peaceful hamlet of Elands Bay. Visit the age-old Bushman paintings nearby and maybe see the crayfish boats being rowed back to the unique harbour.
The Coastal road leads to the fishing village of Lambert’s Bay. Visit Bird Island, a breeding ground for penguins, seagulls and thousands of beautifully plumaged Cape Gannets. Stay overnight in one of the chalets or guest houses. Toast the sunset before enjoying a seafood dinner.
Day 2. Lambert’s Bay to Upington
An early breakfast and onwards past Pofadder to Upington. Visit the museum with it’s donkey-powered pump, the statue of a policeman mounted on his camel and the water canals which are the lifeblood of the riverside farmers. Book into a comfortable guest while your guide goes shopping for our provisions for the next few days.
Day 3. Upington to Kgaligadi Transfrontier Park
After breakfast we leave for Twee Rivieren, southernmost camp of the 36000 square kilometer park. Picnic lunch at Twee Rivieren. Relax till late afternoon and take a drive to look for the majestic gemsbok, (Oryx), springbok and numerous other animals and birds. Return shortly before the gates close to toast the sunset and enjoy a braai, (South African barbecue).
Day 4. Kgaligadi Transfrontier Park (Twee Rivieren to Nossob camp)
After breakfast, travel to the northerly camp of Nossob via the dune road. Marvel at the red hue of the dune sand as the road travels over the switchbacks. Intercept the dry bed of the Nossob river and follow it’s course northwards. Early afternoon should bring Nossob Camp into sight. After settling in , enjoy a light lunch and a rest till late afternoon for a short game drive. Braai or “potjiekos” dinner.
Fay 5. Kgaligadi Transfrontier Park (Nossob camp)
Very early start after coffee and a sandwich to quiet the worst hunger. A game drive northwards as soon as the rest camp gates open. Return before midday for a hearty brunch and relax during the midday heat. A late afternoon game drive southwards wherever previous sightings of animals have been reported. Another dinner surprise by your guide-turned-chef.
Day 6. Kgaligadi Transfrontier Park to Augrabies National Park
After breakfast travel southwards via the Nossob river to Twee Rivieren. Have a picnic lunch around midday in the park or en-route to Upington. On leaving the park stop at one of the wayside “stalls ” where the friendly local San people, (Bushmen), will be eager to show you their unique wares. Through Upington and head for Augrabies National Park to arrive late afternoon. Settle down in the park’s comfortable chalets and take a short stroll to the spectacular Augrabies Falls in the mighty Orange River.
Day 7. Augrabies National Park
Take a Game drive in the early morning and late afternoon. Relax during the midday heat in the camp area around the pool or under the shade trees. An early dinner before, or a late braai after a night game drive where a ranger will introduce you to some of the nocturnal dwellers.
Day 8. Augrabies National Park to Cape Town
Depart from Augrabies National Park past Pofadder and take a worthwhile detour to the little mission village of Pella. One of the sisters would be proud to give a guided tour of the lovely old church set amongst the scores of date palms. Arrive back in Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Alternate travel means
If your time is limited or you would prefer not to drive, the tour can be amended by flying to and from Upington from either Cape Town or Johannesburg. This would shorten the tour by two days,