Tour L: Kalahari Camping Tours 6 Days 5 Nights

DAY 1

Rooiputs camping only

Depart 8h30 from your guesthouse to Rooiputs camping grounds in the Botswana side of Kgalagadi (300km)

IMPORTANT: This is an unfenced camp, with no water to shower, and long-drop toilets. Animals can walk freely between our tents and we might be visited by lions, leopard, heyena and jackals. We put up camp after arrival, have lunch and after a short rest we do a game drive north. Dinner under the stars. We might have a lion as dinner guest, but this is not a problem as you have an experienced guide to handle the situation. Should you need to visit the toilet during the night your guide will accompany you.

Overnight: Rooiputs camp – unfenced

DAY 2

Rooiputs camping only

Wake up at first light and have a coffee around the campfire. Today your guide will take you on a morning walk to see from the animal tracks what has happended during the night. Many times the predator tracks will be around your tent, and we will show you which animal it was, male or female. Please note animals are not dangerous when we obey some basic rules. We explore the area on foot, learning from your guide different plant- and insect species, even the tracks of scorpions can be seen and explained by your guide.

Overnight: Rooiputs camp – unfenced

DAY 3

Nossob camping or chalets

We pack up and depart on a game drive north in the dry Nossob river bed towards Nossob (120km) This is the time to see Gemsbok – the ‘prince’ of the Kalahari, as well as Hartebees, Springbok, Wildebeest and maybe even predators. The suricate and it’s smaller friends – the Ground squirrel and Mongoose can often be seen. On arrival at Nossob you can choose if you want to camp in a tent, or enjoy the luxury of a chalet. Optional night game drive with open vehicle to see the nocturnal animals usually not seen during the day. We spend the days doing several game drives, visiting waterholes, or just relaxing at the swimming pool or game hide.

Overnight: Nossob camping or chalet – fenced

DAY 4

Polentswa camping only

Early morning departure north to this unfenced camping ground (60km)

IMPORTANT: This is also an unfenced camp, with very basic facilities – like Rooiputs. The magic of these camps are the fact that we are very close to the magic of the Kalahari, making you feel much closer to nature.

We spend our time doing several game drives, driving up to the very north of Kgalagadi – Union’ End, or down towards Nossob. This is prime predator area, and if we are lucky we might see the big cats, or if we are really lucky the big cats will visit us at Polentswa. Again your guide will handle the situation, as we have been doing this tours for many years. Every morning we do a walk to inspect the animal tracks around our camp. Many times the Leopard visits us, most of the time the only evidence will be his tracks in the Kalahari sand.

Overnight: Polentswa camping – unfenced

DAY 5

Mata Mata camping or chalets

We wake up one hour before gates open, pack up and drive over the Kamqua dune road to Mata Mata on the Namibian side of Kgalagadi (210km) Today we are searching for the Giraffe, one of the loveliest animals of the Kalahari. A game hide at Mata Mata is available, with a spotlight shining on a waterhole. Late afternoon arrival at the camp, and you can decide to camp or stay in a comfortable chalet. Optional night drives with an open truck is available.

Meals: B + L + D

  • Overnight Mata Mata camping or chalets – fenced
  • Kalahari Tented Camp – luxury lodge – unfenced

DAY 6

Pack up one hour before gates open and depart south until we reach the Museum at Auchterlonie, where we will have lunch at an unfenced picnic spot. Here you can visit a museum to see how the old farmers lived before the Park was proclaimed. Game drive until Twee Rivieren, where we check out of the Park and drive to Upington. Tour ends at your hotel.

Included: Camping equipment like tent, mattress, chairs and tables, cooking utensils, as well as air-conditioned vehicle, driver/guide, accommodation fees and meals.

  • Maximum game drives everyday
  • 1 x small water per person per day

Please note the tour price will be higher if you prefer to stay in a chalet.

Excluded: Alcoholic drinks, optional night drives.

R300 Conservation fee (Nossob 1 night and Mata Mata 1 night

Guests need: Sleeping bag, sun block, hat, closed shoes, torch, insect repellant and personal toiletries.

Please keep luggage to a minimum.

We need to know:

1. Where to pick you up from on day of departure 8h30
2. Your dietary requirements
3. Any special interests we should know about?

ALTERATIONS TOURS: Accommodation may vary due to weather conditions and availability.


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