In assocciation with Kalahari Wildlife Tours

Richtersveld-Diamond Coast Scheduled Tour

RICHTERSVELD – DIAMOND COAST 4X4 GUIDED SELF-DRIVE ORANGE RIVER – OLIFANTS RIVER

TOUR A: 16-23 DECEMBER 2019 / NORTH/SOUTH ROUTE
TOUR B: 27 DEC 2019 – 03 JAN 2020 / SOUTH/NORTH ROUTE

08 days / 07 nights
Malaria free area!!
Terrain: Tar & dirt roads, rocky & sand trails Maximum vehicles on tour: 8
Total Distance: 1 100 km Average travel time per day: 06 hrs
Trailers accepted

TOUR A – THIS TOUR GOES THROUGH A MALARIA FREE AREA!

8 Days
7 Nights

DAY 01 – 16 Dec Vioolsdrift

DAY 02 – 17 Dec Namakwa-02 4x4 Trail / Sendelingsdrift

DAY 03 – 18 Dec Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park / Brandkaros

DAY 04 – 19 Dec Diamond Coast / Hondeklip Bay

DAY 05 – 20 Dec Diamond Coast / Hondeklip Bay

DAY 06 – 21 Dec Diamond Coast / Groenrivier

DAY 07 – 22 DecDiamond Coast / Vanrhynsdorp

DAY 08 – 23 DecDeparture

DETAILED ITINERARY

Mountain desert and semi-desert coastline. This is what this tour offers the visitor. The first section of the tour runs through the barren unforgiving Richtersveld to the South African side of the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. Impressive landscapes, fascinating desert plants and mountain trails await the visitor. Diamond mining history, shipwrecks and sandy trails are part of the Diamond Coast section, covering more than 400 km of the South African coastline from the Orange River to the Olifants River.

DAY 01 16 Dec Upington – Vioolsdrift
Guests on Guided Tour: Time of departure will depend on clients’ travel schedule to Upington. Only flights arriving in the morning will leave enough time to reach Vioolsdrift by road. (Flight not included). Alternative option is to overnight in Upington on 14 December.

Depart from Upington to Vioolsdrift in the Richtersveld.

The route goes via Keimoes to Kakamas. Stop at Die Pienk Padstal (The Pink Road Stall) which stocks a variety of dried fruit products and local delicacies. Wine tasting at the Orange River Wine Cellar in Kakamas, the second largest cooperative wine cellar in the world. Except for wine and grape juice production, the lower Orange River Valley is the major raisin production area – and one of the major table grape production areas in South Africa.

Continue through the vast plains of the northern Bushmanland via the small, but known town Pofadder, to Springbok in the Namaqualand. No visit to Springbok is completed without visiting the Springbok Lodge. The history of Springbok and the copper mining industry are displayed on the walls and the huge collection of gemstones of the owner Mr Jopie Kotze is on display too.

Proceed north via Steinkopf to Vioolsdrift.

Guests on Guided Self-drive: Meet at accommodation at Vioolsdrift
Overnight: Chalet/Camping at Orange River Rafting Lodge
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 02 17 Dec Vioolsdrift – Ai-Ais Richtersveld T/Park (Namakwa-02 4x4 Trail)
Depart on the Namakwa-02 Eco 4x4 Trail passing through the barren Helskloof and Nababiep Nature Reserve in the Nababiep Mountains and the remote village Eksteenfontein. Continue past the Richtersveld Conservancy to the Ai-Ais – Richtersveld Trans Frontier Park.

The Richtersveld Mountain Desert is regarded as the only true desert and one of the last wilderness areas in South Africa and was recently declared a world heritage site. The rainfall in some areas is less than 50 mm per annum. The Park nestles in a 100 km loop of the Lower Orange River, which forms the border with Namibia.

The Richtersveld is regarded as one of the world’s most prolific and richest succulent areas, nurturing 30% of South Africa’s succulent species, including 3 Quiver tree species and the very rare legendary “halfmens”. Although game is not the main attraction of Richtersveld Park, there is species such as the very rare Hartman’s Zebra, Grey Reebok, Klipspringer, Duiker, Steenbok, Leopard, Caracal, Black backed jackal, Baboons and Vervet monkeys. The park harbours a small number of indigenous people, who live their lives as goatherds, unchanged from the time when their hardy ancestors lived.
Overnight: Chalet/Camping at Sendelingsdrift
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 170 km
Travel time: 05 hrs

DAY 03 18 Dec Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park – Brandkaros
Explore the Park on the 4x4 Trail via the Hand of God, Akkedis Pass and Helskloof. Exit the park at Helskloof Gate.

Continue direction Alexander Bay to Brandkaros near the Orange River.
Overnight: Chalet/Camping at Brandkaros
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 120 km
Travel time: 07 hrs

DAY 04 19 Dec Richtersveld – Diamond Coast
The Northern Cape West Coast, known as the Diamond Coast, stretches from the Orange River mouth southwards for about 400km. It has remained virtually unknown to the public at large as it is within the restricted and previously forbidden diamond mining areas. Today most of these areas are open to the public and the area between the Groen- and Spoeg Rivers have been introduced into the Namaqua National Park. The Diamond Coast offers alluvial diamond mine tours, a world-renowned resident seal colony containing more than 350 000 animals, shipwrecks, the Orange River mouth, which is a RAMSAR declared estuary, various conservation areas, South Africa’s only lichen field, eco-friendly 4x4 trails, excellent bird life, rough coastline with unspoiled beaches, spring flowers in season, mild summers and a seafood delicacy, crayfish.

Depart to Alexander Bay on the Diamond Coast on the cold Atlantic Ocean. Visit the estuary at the Orange River Mouth near Alexander Bay. This previous restricted diamond area is now open to public. The Orange River Wetland is declared as a RAMSAR site and is home to more than 60 bird species including pelicans and many flamingos.

After a drive to the mouth we continue to the Lichen Hill. The Richtersveld vegetation has unique species with awesome adoptions to survive in its semi desert climate. One km outside Alexander Bay, a hill of 5 hectares is covered with lichen – the only one of its kind in South Africa. Lichen is neither plant nor animal, consisting of algae and fungi living together in symbioses.

Continue south along the coastline to the small harbour town Port Nolloth. This is crayfish and diamond country. Visit the harbour where diamond dredgers are anchored..

Continue to Kleinzee. Enter the previously restricted diamond area own by Transhex. Continue via Koingnaas to Hondeklip Bay, which relies for its survival on a small crayfish industry and a few diamond boats operating from its harbour. This small remote seaside village has an unpretentious rural charm.
Overnight: Chalet/Camping at Honnepondokkies
Meals: B & L D at own cost at Dop & Kreef Restaurant or Rooi Spinnekop
Distance: 260 km
Travel time: 04 hrs

DAY 05 20 Dec Diamond Coast – Hondeklip Bay
Backtrack via Koingnaas to Noup. Meet local 4x4 guide.

Explore the Diamond Coast on the 37km Shipwreck 4x4 Route. Throughout the years the stormy Atlantic has prevented many ships to reach their destination. They found their final resting place at the coastline between Koingnaas and Kleinzee. The trail goes past three of these wrecks, the Piratiny, Arosa and Border, untouched beaches and other interesting sights.

Or

Explore the Strandveld 4x4 Route. This route goes through 1 000 ha of white sand dunes in a game reserve and crosses some challenging dunes.

4x4 Route will be finalised by the local 4x4 guide closer to arrival.

Return to Hondeklip Bay.
Overnight: Chalet/Camping at Honnepondokkies
Meals: B & L D at own cost at Dop & Kreef Restaurant or Rooi Spinnekop
Distance: 110 km
Travel time: 07 hrs

DAY 06 21 Dec Hondeklip Bay – Namaqua National Park (Groenriviersmond)
Visit the wrecks of the Jahleel in the bay and the Aristea, 05 km south of town.

The Jahleel, a diamond gravel boat, ran aground in Hondeklip Bay in 2003. During a strong West Coast storm the Jahleel drop anchor in Hondeklip Bay, after being refused safe port in Port Nolloth, because there wasn’t an anchor that could hold her. The owner of the ship refused to listen to the locals warning him against the small harbour and anchor ropes too weak to hold the ship. After about two weeks of bobbing and weaving, a storm broke loose, destroying the back anchor as well as two diamond boats. The front anchor broke too and the ship was smashed on the rocks in the bay, where it still lies on its side, perch for many sea birds today.

The Aristea was once a fishing trawler belonging to I&J. It was built in 1934 in Scotland and was first a coal trawler, taken over by the South African Navy in November 1939 for the duration of WW11 until December 1944, when it was handed back to its owners. It survived WWII, but not the mishandling by her drunk captain along the shores of Hondeklip Bay. She ran aground on the 4th July 1945. The captain was too drunk to take control of the ship in rough seas, just off the coast. In that stormy night a junior deckhand swam ashore with a rope to save his fellow sailors. From a crew of 24, one lost his life.

Enter the Namaqua National Park. Continue south on the Coastal Section of the Caracal 4x4 Trail to Groenriviersmond. The trail runs through impressive West Coast landscapes with excellent photographic and bird watching opportunities, including the rare black oystercatcher.

The scenic Spoeg River Estuary is an excellent birding spot, particularly for waders. The Spoegrivier Caves are a historical and cultural landmark, where the earliest signs of sheep farming in South Africa, 2000 years ago, was found.

Visit the Cape fur seal breeding colony near Bouldersbaai. Thousands of seals can be seen basking in the sun and wading in the waters off the beach. Breeding Cape Cormorants share their perch with the seals. While travelling along the coast, look out for heavyside dolphins, which is endemic to the West Coast.

The trail crosses the Bitter River Dunes (sand movement corridor). This is a good example of a dynamic, moving dune system. This particular system is in pristine condition, and the only unspoilt and properly functioning system left on the South African coast. The system stretch over 20 km and is protected in its entirety and is a major conservation feature of the park. The dunes offer a haven for breeding pairs of ostriches.

Exit the Park at Groenrivier Gate. Visit the Groenrivier Estuary. The estuary is home to many waterbirds, including Greater Flamingo. A hide overlooking the estuary offers good bird watching opportunities.

Afternoon at leisure. Dive for crayfish if interested. Permits need to be pre-obtained at Post Office.
Overnight: Chalet/room at Groenriviersmond Accommodation / Camping at Groenriviersmond
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 90 km
Travel time: 05 hrs

DAY 07 22 Dec Groenriviersmond – Olifants River Mouth – Vanrhynsdorp
Continue south via the Groenrivier Lighthouse on the Coastal 4x4 Trail and dirt roads via Namakwa Sands Mine near Brand se Baai and the irrigation fields of Koekenaap to Lutzville. Cross the bridge over the Olifants River and continue to Papendorp. Proceed to the Olifants River Mouth.

Continue along the Olifants River to Vredendal. Proceed to Vanrhynsdorp on the N7
Overnight: Chalet at Letsatsi Lodge/ Camping at Caravan Park
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 250 km
Travel time: 07 hrs

DAY 08 23 Dec Vanrhynsdorp – Departure
Depart.

Guests on Guided Tour will be dropped at Intercape Sleepliner Depot in Vanrhynsdorp to travel to Cape Town or continue with guide vehicle to Upington (Bus not included)

TOUR B – THIS TOUR GOES THROUGH A MALARIA FREE AREA!

8 Days
7 Nights

DAY 01 – 27 Dec Vanrhynsdorp
DAY 02 – 28 Dec Diamond Coast / Groenrivier
DAY 03 – 29 Dec Diamond Coast / Hondeklip Bay
DAY 04 – 30 Dec Diamond Coast / Hondeklip Bay
DAY 05 – 21 Dec Richtersveld / Brandkaros
DAY 06 – 01 Jan Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park / Sendelingsdrift
DAY 07 – 02 Jan Namakwa-02 4x4 Trail / Vioolsdrift
DAY 08 – 03 Jan Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Semi-desert coastline and mountain desert. This is what this tour offers the visitor. Diamond mining history, shipwrecks and sandy trails are part of the Diamond Coast section, covering more than 400 km of the South African coastline from the Olifants River to the Orange River. The second section of the tour runs through South African side of the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and the barren unforgiving Richtersveld. Impressive landscapes, fascinating desert plants and mountain trails await the visitor.

DAY 01 27 Dec Vanrhynsdorp
Guests on Guided Tour: Time of departure will depend on clients’ travel schedule to Upington. Only flights arriving in the morning will leave enough time to reach Vanrhynsdorp by road. (Flight not included). Alternative option is to overnight in Upington on 14 December.

Depart from Upington to Keimoes. Wine tasting at the Orange River Wine Cellar in Keimoes, the second largest cooperative wine cellar in the world. Except for wine and grape juice production, the lower Orange River Valley is the major raisin production area – and one of the major table grape production areas in South Africa.

Continue through the vast plains of the Bushmanland via Kenhardt to Brandvlei, via the Hantam Karoo, Calvinia and Niewoudtville to Vanrhynsdorp.

Guests on Guided Self-drive: Meet at accommodation at Vanrhynsdorp
Overnight: Chalet at Letsatsi Lodge/ Camping at Caravan Park
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 02 28 Dec Vanrhynsdorp – Olifants River Mouth – Groenriviersmond
Travel along the Olifants River, via Vredendal and Papendorp to the Olifants River Mouth.

Depart north. Cross the bridge at Lutzville and proceed via the irrigation fields of Koekenaap to Namakwa Sands Mine near Brand se Baai.

The Northern Cape West Coast, known as the Diamond Coast, stretches from the Orange River mouth southwards for about 400km. It has remained virtually unknown to the public at large as it is within the restricted and previously forbidden diamond mining areas. Today most of these areas are open to the public and the area between the Groen- and Spoeg Rivers have been introduced into the Namaqua National Park. The Diamond Coast offers alluvial diamond mine tours, a world-renowned resident seal colony containing more than 350 000 animals, shipwrecks, the Orange River mouth, which is a RAMSAR declared estuary, various conservation areas, South Africa’s only lichen field, eco-friendly 4x4 trails, excellent bird life, rough coastline with unspoiled beaches, spring flowers in season, mild summers and a seafood delicacy, crayfish.

Continue north on dirt road and the Coastal 4x4 Trail via the Groenrivier Lighthouse to Groenriviersmond. Visit the Groenrivier Estuary. The estuary is home to many waterbirds, including Greater Flamingo. A hide overlooking the estuary offers good bird watching opportunities.

Afternoon at leisure. Dive for crayfish if interested. Permits need to be pre-obtained at Post Office.
Overnight: Chalet/room at Groenriviersmond Accommodation / Camping at Groenriviersmond
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 250 km
Travel time: 07 hrs

DAY 03 29 Dec Namaqua National Park (Groenriviersmond) – Hondeklip Bay
Enter the Namaqua National Park at Groenrivier Gate. Continue north on the Coastal Section of the Caracal 4x4 Trail to Hodeklip Bay. The trail runs through impressive West Coast landscapes with excellent photographic and bird watching opportunities, including the rare black oystercatcher.

The trail crosses the Bitter River Dunes (sand movement corridor). This is a good example of a dynamic, moving dune system. This particular system is in pristine condition, and the only unspoilt and properly functioning system left on the South African coast. The system stretch over 20 km and is protected in its entirety and is a major conservation feature of the park. The dunes offer a haven for breeding pairs of ostriches.

Visit the Cape fur seal breeding colony near Bouldersbaai. Thousands of seals can be seen basking in the sun and wading in the waters off the beach. Breeding Cape Cormorants share their perch with the seals. While travelling along the coast, look out for heavyside dolphins, which is endemic to the West Coast.

The scenic Spoeg River Estuary is an excellent birding spot, particularly for waders. The Spoegrivier Caves are a historical and cultural landmark, where the earliest signs of sheep farming in South Africa, 2000 years ago, was found.
Continue to Hondeklip Bay, which relies for its survival on a small crayfish industry and a few diamond boats operating from its harbour. This small remote seaside village has an unpretentious rural charm.

Visit the wrecks of the Jahleel in the bay and the Aristea, 05 km south of town.

The Jahleel, a diamond gravel boat, ran aground in Hondeklip Bay in 2003. During a strong West Coast storm the Jahleel drop anchor in Hondeklip Bay, after being refused safe port in Port Nolloth, because there wasn’t an anchor that could hold her. The owner of the ship refused to listen to the locals warning him against the small harbour and anchor ropes too weak to hold the ship. After about two weeks of bobbing and weaving, a storm broke loose, destroying the back anchor as well as two diamond boats. The front anchor broke too and the ship was smashed on the rocks in the bay, where it still lies on its side, perch for many sea birds today.

The Aristea was once a fishing trawler belonging to I&J. It was built in 1934 in Scotland and was first a coal trawler, taken over by the South African Navy in November 1939 for the duration of WW11 until December 1944, when it was handed back to its owners. It survived WWII, but not the mishandling by her drunk captain along the shores of Hondeklip Bay. She ran aground on the 4th July 1945. The captain was too drunk to take control of the ship in rough seas, just off the coast. In that stormy night a junior deckhand swam ashore with a rope to save his fellow sailors. From a crew of 24, one lost his life.
Overnight: Chalet/Camping at Honnepondokkies
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 90 km
Travel time: 05 hrs

DAY 04 30 Dec Diamond Coast – Hondeklip Bay
Depart via Koingnaas to Noup. Enter the previously restricted diamond area own by Transhex. Meet local 4x4 guide.

Explore the Diamond Coast on the 37km Shipwreck 4x4 Route. Throughout the years the stormy Atlantic has prevented many ships to reach their destination. They found their final resting place at the coastline between Koingnaas and Kleinzee. The trail goes past three of these wrecks, the Piratiny, Arosa and Border, untouched beaches and other interesting sights.

Or

Explore the Strandveld 4x4 Route. This route goes through 1 000 ha of white sand dunes in a game reserve and crosses some challenging dunes.

4x4 Route will be finalised by the local 4x4 guide closer to arrival.

Return to Hondeklip Bay.
Overnight: Chalet/Camping at Honnepondokkies
Meals: B & L D at own cost at Dop & Kreef Restaurant or Rooi Spinnekop
Distance: 110 km
Travel time: 07 hrs

DAY 05 31 Dec Diamond Coast – Richtersveld
Depart via Koingnaas to Kleinzee. Continue north along the coastline to the small harbour town Port Nolloth. This is crayfish and diamond country. Visit the harbour where diamond dredgers are anchored.

Proceed to Alexander Bay on the Diamond Coast on the cold Atlantic Ocean.

Pass the Lichen Hill. The Richtersveld vegetation has unique species with awesome adoptions to survive in its semi desert climate. One km outside Alexander Bay, a hill of 5 hectares is covered with lichen – the only one of its kind in South Africa. Lichen is neither plant nor animal, consisting of algae and fungi living together in symbioses.

Visit the estuary at the Orange River Mouth near Alexander Bay. This previous restricted diamond area is now open to public. The Orange River Wetland is declared as a RAMSAR site and is home to more than 60 bird species including pelicans and many flamingos.

Continue inland to Brandkaros near the Orange River.
Overnight: Chalet/Camping at Brandkaros
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 260 km
Travel time: 04 hrs

DAY 06 01 Jan Brandkaros – Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
Depart to the Ai-Ais – Richtersveld Trans Frontier Park. The Richtersveld Mountain Desert is regarded as the only true desert and one of the last wilderness areas in South Africa and was recently declared a world heritage site. The rainfall in some areas is less than 50 mm per annum. The Park nestles in a 100 km loop of the Lower Orange River, which forms the border with Namibia.

The Richtersveld is regarded as one of the world’s most prolific and richest succulent areas, nurturing 30% of South Africa’s succulent species, including 3 Quiver tree species and the very rare legendary “halfmens”. Although game is not the main attraction of Richtersveld Park, there is species such as the very rare Hartman’s Zebra, Grey Reebok, Klipspringer, Duiker, Steenbok, Leopard, Caracal, Black backed jackal, Baboons and Vervet monkeys. The park harbours a small number of indigenous people, who live their lives as goatherds, unchanged from the time when their hardy ancestors lived.

Enter the park at Helskloof Gate. Explore the Park on the 4x4 Trail via Helskloof, Akkedis Pass and the Hand of God.
Overnight: Chalet/Camping at Sendelingsdrift
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 120 km
Travel time: 07 hrs

DAY 07 02 Jan Ai-Ais Richtersveld T/Park (Namakwa-02 4x4 Trail) – Vioolsdrift
Depart on the Namakwa-02 Eco 4x4 Trail going through the Richtersveld Conservancy, passing the remote village Eksteenfontein. Continue through the barren Helskloof and Nababiep Nature Reserve in the Nababiep Mountains to Vioolsdrift.
Overnight: Chalet/Camping at Orange River Rafting Lodge
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 170 km
Travel time: 05 hrs

DAY 08 03 Jan Departure (Vioolsdrift – Upington)
Depart.

Guests on Guided Tour: Depart to Upington. Only flights departing in the afternoon will leave enough time to reach Upington by road. (Flight not included). Alternative option is to overnight in Upington. (Accommodation not included)

It is expected from clients on camping tours to assist with pitching and packing up camp and with general camping duties on request

Accommodation can vary from the itinerary depending on availability on day of reservation.

RATES (in South African Rand)

ACCOMMODATION PERSONS NET RATES

ACCOMMODATION
PERSONS
NET RATES
Chalet/Lodge 02 R20 500
03 R15 500
04 R13 500
06 R11 000
08 R10 000
10 R 9 000
12+ R 8 500
Child 06-12 R 3 000
Child 13-18 R 6 000
Single supplement R 3 000

 

ACCOMMODATION
PERSONS
NET RATES
Camping 02 R18 000
03 R13 000
04 R10 500
06 R8 500
08 R7 000
10 R 6 500
12+ R 6 000
Child 06-12 R1 800
Child 13-18 R3 600

ACCOMMODATION PERSONS NET RATES

Extra costs for International Guests: R 500 per adult (12 years +) & R 250 per child (02 – 11 years) due to higher International Conservation Fees.

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PAYMENT:
Deposit 20% when reservation is confirmed (non-refundable)
Balance 80% 50 days prior to commencement of tour

Payment can be made by credit card authorisation, bank wire, electronic transfer or PayPal.
Visit the homepage of www.kalahari-tours.co.za and click on ‘Contact Us’ for PayPal details. Paypal payments can only be made in USD, EURO and Pound Sterling. Conversions can be made from ZAR to these currencies according to the exchange rate on the day of payment as on www.xe.com

CLIENTS HAVE THE FOLLOWING 02 OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM WHEN BOOKING A TOUR

A) Guided 4x4 Tour: Clients travel with a driver/guide in a 4x4 vehicle.
The guide vehicle has space for 02-04 persons, depending on type of vehicle used. If more clients need a driver/guide, the following rates will apply on top of the quoted rates above and the additional rented vehicle costs (if applicable).
DRIVER/GUIDE: R 1 300 per day
INCLUDED: Guide fees, guide accommodation, entrance fees & meals
ADDITIONAL TRAIL FEES: None
FUEL: R 600/day if applicable

B) Guided Self-Drive 4x4 Tour: Clients drive their own/rented 4x4 in a convoy lead by a guide vehicle.

Rented Vehicles: Kalahari Tours and Travel is a rental agent for Europcar. Double Cab 4x4 vehicles for Guided Self-drive Tours can be rented at very competitive rates. Contact us for Rates, Terms & Conditions and Ancillary Charges.

Fully equipped 4x4 campers have to be rented directly by clients from rental companies at point of departure. Contact Kalahari Tours and Travel for contact details.

INCLUDED:
4x4 Guide & assistant, guide vehicle including fuel
Local guide where applicable
Accommodation as per itinerary
Camping equipment for clients on Guided 4x4 Camping Tours (See CAMPING EQUIPMENT below)
All entrance fees to National Parks and Nature Reserves (Conservation Fees to Sanparks)
Meals as per itinerary (Full board, See MEALS below)
Bottled water & soft drinks
Activities as per itinerary (All scheduled game drives are in the tour vehicle & clients’ vehicles)
4x4 trail fees for clients’ vehicles & guide vehicle
Cross-border fees where applicable for guide vehicle only
Guidebooks about flora, fauna, geology, area etc. & maps in guide vehicle
Recovery equipment & basic tool kit
Two-way radios
Satellite phone for emergency calls only
12V/220V inverter for charging camera batteries etc in areas without electricity
15% VAT

EXCLUDED:
Flights or bus fare pre & post tour
Client’s vehicle & fuel for this vehicle
Vehicle equipment for client’s vehicle (See VEHICLE EQUIPMENT FOR CLIENT’S VEHICLE below)
Cross-border fees for clients’ vehicles where applicable
Camping equipment, sleeping bags & pillows, eating utensils for self-drive clients.
Accommodation pre/post tour in Upington if needed. (See ACCOMMODATION IN UPINGTON below)
Alcoholic and after hours private drinks
Travel insurance (Suggested to be obtained in country of residence)
Any activities not included in tour itinerary
Optional activities in red

CAMPING EQUIPMENT PROVIDED FOR CLIENTS ON CAMPING TOURS (RENTED VEHICLES)
2.5m x 2.5m x 1.9m Ground pitched canvass igloo tents
Camping beds
40mm fold-up mattresses
Sheets, pillows, sleeping bags
12 V light in tent
Bedside table
Chairs & tables
All eating utensils

VEHICLE EQUIPMENT FOR CLIENT’S VEHICLE ON GUIDED 4X4 SELF-DRIVE TOURS
Jack, wheel spanner & spare wheel rod
Tow strap & jumper cables
Spare keys
Extra V-belts & fuses
Basic tool kit
12 V pump & tyre repair kit
Tyre pressure gauge
Extra fuel containers and fuel pipe (if needed)
Extra water container(s)
Radiator net (if needed)
Spade
12V/220V inverter for charging camera batteries etc in areas without electricity
Vehicle registration documents for border crossings
Emergency phone number of vehicle dealership in case of breakdown
Insurance for tow-in in RSA & neighbouring countries
Valid passport (Check expiry date)

Equipment for Rented Vehicles will be provided and shared by the guide vehicle. Guide will contact client(s) before the tour to finalise equipment list

MEALS
Meals are provided in restaurants where available or prepared by the guide or crew member. Coffee/tea and a light breakfast are provided before early morning departures on game drives, followed by a brunch at a picnic area. On a normal schedule breakfast and light lunches are provided in restaurants or by guide/crew member. Dinners are in restaurants or catered for by guide/crew member and on some occasions it will be a typical South African Braai (BBQ). Coffee/tea, juice, soft drinks & bottled water are included with all meals.

It is important to inform Kalahari tours and Travel in advance of any special dietary requirements!

ACCOMMODATION IN UPINGTON
Kalahari Tours and Travel owns two Guest Houses, Mazurka Waters B&B***and De Duine B&B*** in Upington. Both Guest Houses are situated in the eastern suburb Keidebees and are 400m apart. Kalahari Tours and Travel operates our tours from Mazurka Waters B&B***. We have 10 en-suite units and rooms. We provide free transfers for our clients to the business area, bus station and airport.
Our net rates are: Single B&B R 500 – R 600 per person
Double & Sharing B&B R 700 – R 800 per room or unit

CLIENTS NEED:
Binoculars, sun block, hat, closed shoes or boots for evenings (scorpions), insect repellent, torch light or head light, passports when crossing international borders & malaria prophylaxis where applicable

INFORMATION NEEDED:
State of health and any dietary requirements (vegetarians, vegans etc.)

Please contact us if you need more information.

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