Northern Cape, Upington
Mention Upington and the mind conjures up visions of a desolate and sunbaked Kalahari desert town where man’s existence is a daily struggle. But how wrong can one be!
The Orange River runs like a glittering green ribbon through the beautiful Kalahari Desert. The main attractions are the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (250km) and Augrabies Falls National Park (120km).
For visitors it’s much easier to bring this contrasting ecosystems together with a tour guide that grew up and lived his whole life here.
View Camps of Kgalagadi
A — TRADITIONAL CAMPS – LODGES/CHALETS
Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata and Nossob
Mata Mata is on the Namibian side – no passport needed. A waterhole is situated close to the camp. Electricity from 5h00 to 22h00
Nossob – Botswana side – no passport needed. Waterhole close to the camp. Electricity 5h00 – 22h00.
All 3 camps have a swimming pool and lodges/chalets are fully equipped with linen, towels and batteries can be recharged.
B — WILDERNESS (UNFENCED) CAMPS – LODGES/CHALETS
Kalahari Tented camp (15 lodges and swimming pool) – 3km from Mata Mata.
Kielie Krankie (4 lodges) – surrounded by red dunes and overlooking a waterhole.
Urikaruus (4 lodges) – view of Auob river and waterhole.
Grootkolk (4 lodges) – 20km from Union’s End in the far north 280 km from Twee Rivieren.
Bitterpan (4 lodges) – overlooks a huge saltpan.
Gharagap (4 lodges) – 4×4 route
All lodges has it’s own kitchen, bathroom and bedroom and is fully equipped with linen and fridge. Solar panels provide lights and a geyser provides hot water. No plugs for recharging batteries! No shops.
IMPORTANT: The Wilderness camps are all unfenced, allowing you to feel at one with the Kalahari. Every camp has it’s own design, and natural materials such as wood, reeds and canvas are used to create a rustic feeling. An armed ranger lives close-by for your safety. NO WALKING BETWEEN THE UNITS AT NIGHT!
This park is one of the most pristine conservation areas on earth. It’s 38000km² of truly Kalahari semi desert vegetation, with the ancient Acacia trees, red sand, saltpans and wide variety of desert animals making it a photographers paradise.
The Nossob- and Auob rivers are ephemeral, meaning that it’s dry and only flows during a very good rainy season. (once every 20 years!)
Predators found here: Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Aardwolf, Black-backed jackal, Brown-and spotted hyena, Honey badger, Caracal, African Wildcat, as well as Cape- and Bat eared fox.
Antelopes: Gemsbok, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Eland, Springbok, Hartebeest and Steenbok.
Small mammals: Yellow mongoose, Meerkat (suricate), Aardvark, Porcupine, Ground squirrel, Pangolin and Springhare.
Birds: 264 species, of which 20 raptor species are present.
Together with the small creatures and hundreds of plants species, it all comes together to form a truly well balanced ecosystem. And after good rains the Kalahari explode in a symphony of colours…
“Aukoerebis” (place of the big noise) – as it was called by the Khoi people, is the 6 th largest falls in the world when the Orange river is in flood. The Orange river plunges 67m into a 17km long ravine. Activities at Augrabies are rafting, hiking, game drives to view the diverse ecological systems as well as visiting the spectacular viewpoints. Names like Ararat and Echo Corner tells it all: A lunar-like landscape with strange and wonderful sandstone formations… The “Kokerboom” abounds here, even a 800 year old grave of a little Bushman girl… And a walk on the “Moon rock” will give you a panoramic view of this wild and harsh place.
No wonder Augrabies Falls are a sought-after tourist destination!
Witsand Nature Reserve
In this scenic reserve you can hike in an Acacia woodland, watch birds coming to drink at an eye-level waterhole, or you can climb up the 60m high dunes.
Or simply relax at the pool after a long and busy day of exploring…
Sometimes the vervet monkeys or baboons join us for breakfast!
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Where do I stay before/after my Safari in Upington?
Please contact Pieter to book a 3, 4 or 5 star B&B Guest House on your behalf.
Pieter’s contact details:
- Mobile: +27 (0) 82 435 0007
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What food do you eat while on tour?
- Breakfast: cereals, coffe, tea, fruit-juice, eggs, toast, fruits.
- Lunch: light meal – usually enjoyed at a picnic spot between different camps – sandwiches, fruit-juice, coffee/tea.
- Dinner: Steak, lamb or chicken prepared on the ‘braai’ (barbeque fire) together with vegetables, rice and desert.
- Important: Kalahari Safaris also caters for vegetarians.
Do we walk long distances?
- NO – we walk only if you want to!
How do I get to Upington?
How do I get to my guesthouse on arrival in Upington?
Please ask your guesthouse to transfer you from the airport/bus station. Kalahari Safaris will pick you up on the day of your tour and deliver you safely at the guesthouse of your choice after your Kalahari Experience.
Is Kalahari a Malaria area?
The Kalahari is malaria free. For any other health issues (www.travelhealth.co.uk)
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