Tour KGAL PE – Kalahari – Port Elizabeth National Parks Tour – 10 Days / 9 Nights

Shortened Program

  • DAY 1 – Upington – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • DAY 2 – Kgalagadi TP
  • DAY 3 – Kgalagadi TP
  • DAY 4 – Kgalagadi – Augrabies Falls National Park
  • DAY 5 – Augrabies Falls – Karoo National Park
  • DAY 6 – Karoo National Park
  • DAY 7 – Karoo National Park – Mountain Zebra National Park
  • DAY 8 – Mountain Zebra National Park – Addo Elephant National Park
  • DAY 9 – Addo Elephant National Park
  • DAY 10 – Addo Elephant National Park – City of Port Elizabeth

Detailed Program

DAY 1 – Upington – Kgalagadi Frontier Park 260km

Depart 830 from your guesthouse Upington to Twee Rivieren. We do several game drives in this largest camp in KTP. Optional night drive with rangers.

Overnight: Twee Rivieren chalets

Meals: B L D

DAY 2 – Nossob 160km

Overnight: Nossob chalets

Meals: B L D

DAY 3 – Mata Mata 150km

Overnight: Mata Mata chalets

Meals: B L D

DAY 4 – Mata Mata – Augrabies Falls National Park 120+260+120km

Game drive 120km to Twee Rivieren, then Upington and Augrabies. Game such as giraffe, springbok, gemsbok, eland, kudu red hartebeest, Hartman’s zebra and klipspringer survive in this unique river ecosystem. Fish eagles and black eagles are common.

Overnight: Augrabies chalets

Meals: B L D

DAY 5-6 – Augrabies – Karoo National Park

Early departure to the Karoo National Park via Kenhardt, Van Wyksvlei, Carnavon & Loxton to Beaufort West.
The Great Karoo is a vast and unforgiving landscape. It’s the largest ecosystem in South Africa and the Karoo is home to a fascinating diversity of life, all having adapted to survive in these harsh conditions. Karoo National Park is dominated by the lofty Nuweveld Mountains and rolling plains, where many species that originally occurred here now occupy their former ranges.
The Karoo National Park has a wide variety of endemic wildlife. Many species have been relocated to their former ranges – such as black rhino and Cape buffalo, as well as Cape mountain zebra. Large herbivores such as Red Hartebeest, Black Wildebeest, Eland, Burchell’s and Hartmann’s Mountain zebra, kudu, springbok and Klipspringer are regularly seen. Carnivore species include caracal, bat-eared fox, Cape fox, aardwolf and African wildcat. The Park is also home to the endangered riverine rabbit. Over 20 breeding pairs of black eagle find sanctuary within the park. There is also a wide diversity of succulent plants and small reptiles.

Overnight: Karoo National Park chalets

Meals: B L D

DAY 7 – Karoo National Park – Mountain Zebra National Park

Early departure to Kamdeboo National Park near Graaff-Reinett. It was formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the Karoo of South Africa is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Camdeboo National Park covers 19 405 ha and surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape and provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo, not to mention awesome scenic beauty in the Valley of Desolation where dolerite pillars rise to heights of 90 – 120 metres.

Camdeboo National Park supports a diverse spectrum of wildlife including Cape buffalo, Cape Mountain Zebra, kudu, red hartebeest, gemsbok, steenbok, springbok, blesbok, black wildebeest grey duiker, klipspringer and 13 smaller carnivore species. At least 225 bird species have been recorded in the park, with species typical of both the Great Karoo and Eastern region.

After a short game- and scenic drive through the park, we drive to the Mountain Zebra National Park which lies near Cradock in the Eastern Cape. The proclamation of the park in 1937 saved the Cape mountain zebra from extinction, and currently their population stands at 300 where they roam 28 412 hectares of land. Other mammals found here include the Cape buffalo, black rhino, eland, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, gemsbok, blesbok, springbok, duiker and steenbok while mountain reedbuck, grey rhebok and klipspringer frequent the higher areas and kudu the wooded valleys. Cheetah, Caracal and brown hyena are the larger carnivores in the Park.

Ostrich, Secretarybird, Blue Crane and Ludwig’s Bustard are the larger more visible bird species and Verreaux’s (Black) and Martial Eagle and Jackal Buzzard are the most common larger raptor species. The park is home to various smaller species in different habitats including mountain plateau, wooded kloofs, acacia stands and grassland.

Overnight: Mountain Zebra National Park chalets

Meals: B L D

DAY 8 – 9 – Mountain Zebra National Park – Addo Elephant National Park

Early morning game drive, then we depart to the Addo Elephant National Park which covers 165 000 ha and lies within the dense valley bush of the Sundays River region of the Eastern Cape. The original Elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area.

Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, 50 black rhino, lions, spotted hyenas, leopard, a variety of antelope species including eland, kudu, red hartebeest, bushbuck as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. Due to a variety of habitats Addo offers excellent birding opportunities. Addo National Elephant Park is in the process of expanding into a 360 000 ha mega-park, including a 120 000 ha marine reserve.

Overnight: Addo Main Rest Camp

Meals: B L D

DAY 10 – Addo – Port Elizabeth

Early morning game drive, then we depart to Port Elizabeth. End of tour

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