13 Day – “Kalahari & Kgalagadi” Tour

This tour is perfect for those people that enjoy hiking and an adventure, or for those who have already visited South Africa on safari / tour and are now looking at travelling along a less beaten tourist track. We travel through the eastern Free State and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Hike up to the top of the awesome “Brandwag” Mountain and also “Mont-Aux-Sources”, which is one of the highest mountains in South Africa. Visit Kimberley that became famous for the discovery of diamonds in 1871. Drive through the “Green Kalahari” to see the impressive Augrabies Falls, before finishing the tour in the awe inspiring Kgalagadi Trans-frontier Park.

Minimum number of persons: 4

Size of group: Max 8

 

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Description

Dates – On Demand

Duration: – 12 Nights / 13 Days

Recommended Add-on Tour: 4 Nights – Cape Town or 4 Nights – Victoria Falls

Meals:(B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

Various standards of accommodation are available on a tour to South Africa

* Accommodation is subject to availability, if the under mentioned accommodation is not available we shall endeavor to supply comparable facilities.


Day 1:

Depart for the eastern Free State and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Stop in the village of Clarens, for lunch and a wonder around this picturesque little town. Then it is off to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel or take a hike up to the top of the awesome “Brandwag” Mountain. Dinner will be served at the lodge’s restaurant. Overnight near Clarens

Accommodation:: Golden Gate Hotel (D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star


Day 2:

Travel via Phuthaditjhaba to the “Barrier of Spears” – KwaZulu Natal Drakensburg Mountains for a hike of about 6 hours, at a height of 2850 metres, along the rim of the majestic “Mont-Aux-Sources”, the source of the second highest waterfall in the world – Tugela Falls. Overnight near Clarens.

Accommodation: Golden Gate Hotel (B & L) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star


Day 3 & 4:

Travel through the Eastern Free State to Kimberley via little towns of Fouriesburg, Ficksburg, Ladybrand and then the capital of the Free State – Bloemfontein. Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape Province and became famous for the discovery of diamonds in 1871. Here we visit some of the historical sites in and around town, including the “Big Hole” and an interesting underground tour of an old diamond mine. Overnight in Kimberley.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Kimberley (B) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star


Day 5 & 6:

Drive through the so called “Green Kalahari”, via the towns of Upington, Kiemoes and Kakamus to the impressive Augrabies Falls National Park. Stop at one of the wineries on route. You have the next day to view the falls, enjoy a morning game drive through the park and then an afternoon walk along the 7 km long “Klipspringer” hiking trail. All meals are served at the lodge’s restaurant. Overnight in the Augrabies Falls National Park

Accommodation: Augrabies Camp (B) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star

Big Hole


Day 7, 8 ,9 & 10:

Drive back to Upington to pick-up food and other supplies for our journey to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (between South Africa and Botswana). Spend the next couple of days travelling through this park from one camp to another. This park is in the “heart of the Kalahari” and is one of the most pristine conservation areas on earth with its majestic camelthorn trees bulging with sociable weaver nest, the unique gemsbok, the hugely impressive black mane Kalahari lion and the ever busy little suricate – “meerkat”. All meals will be cooked by your guide – good luck.

Accommodation: Various camps in the park
Twee Rivieren Camp (B, L & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star
Nossob Camp (B, L & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star


Optional activities: Nossob Camp – Afternoon or sunset game drive with the parks ranger.


Day 11:

After breakfast and a leisurely morning in the park, we return to Upington. Check-in at our hotel, you then have the afternoon and evening at leisure in Upington, an oasis in the Kalahari. Dinner can be enjoyed at one of the numerous restaurants in town.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Upington (B) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star


Day 12:

A long day’s travel, back towards Johannesburg. Overnight at Muldersdrift on the outskirts of Johannesburg & Pretoria. Our farewell dinner will be served at the Carnivore Restaurant, which is one of only two of its kind in the world.

Accommodation: Misty Hills Country Hotel (B & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star


Day 13:

The morning at leisure or we could visit the Sterkfontein Caves, also known as “The Cradle of Humankind” or visit Soweto – reflex on the “Apartheid” era of South Africa’s history. There will be time for last minute shopping before your departure. Transfer to O R Tambo International in time for you to catch your flight home.

Accommodation: (B)

OR

Recommended – Cape Town Add-on Tour:

Travel to Johannesburg, catch your flight to Cape Town. Your guide will meet you on arrival in Cape Town to transfer you to your hotel. Dinner can be enjoyed at one of the numerous restaurants on the V & A Waterfront. Overnight in Cape Town.

Accommodation: (-)
V & A City Lodge Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star or
President Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star or
Commodore Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star


Day 14:

Take a scenic drive around the “Cape Peninsula”. Visit Hout Bay and the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and Boulders – Penguins. Optional and weather permitting – we take the cableway up Table Mountain. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.

Accommodation: (B)
V & A City Lodge Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star or
President Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star or
Commodore Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star

Penguin

 


Day 15:

A day at leisure, where you can do the following optional activities – a city orientation tour of South Africa’s beautiful Mother City on the “hop-on hop-off bus” or visit a local township or visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 17 years or visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens or visit one of the numerous beautiful beaches around the Cape or for the energetic – take a hike up Table Mountain or for the brave – shark cage diving. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.

Accommodation: : (B)
V & A City Lodge Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star or
President Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star or
Commodore Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star


Day 16:

Wine tasting and cellar tour at one of the wine estates along the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route, also spend some time in the picturesque towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Enjoy your farewell dinner at Vijff Vlieghen (Five Flies) Restaurant. Overnight in Cape Town.

Accommodation: : (B & D)
V & A City Lodge Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star or
President Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star or
Commodore Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star


Day 17:

Morning at leisure. Lunch at the V & A Waterfront, time for last minute shopping and weather permitting an optional helicopter flip over the “Cape Peninsula”. Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight home.

Accommodation: (B)


 

AND/OR

Recommended Add-on Tour: 4 Nights – Victoria Falls



Included:

Air ticket – Johannesburg to Cape Town – add-on, accommodation (2 – 4*), transport, guide, meals as indicated, porter-age, conservation fees and all entrance fees as per itinerary.

Excluded:

Air tickets (international flight), passport and visa fees, airport tax, insurance, phone calls, facsimiles, beverages, gratuities, items of a personal nature and Excess baggage.

 
 

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