In assocciation with Kalahari Wildlife Tours

Tour 10: 6 Day Kgalagadi – Nossob Eco 4×4 Trail

This tour covers 1 Trans Frontier Park.

Terrain: Tar & dirt roads, sand trails
Total Distance: 965 km
No Trailers!

Maximum vehicles on tour: 5
Average travel time per day: 4,5 hrs

MALARIA FREE AREA!

6 Days
5 nights

DAY 01 Upington – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Twee Rivieren.
DAY 02 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Nossob Eco Trail
DAY 03 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Nossob Eco Trail
DAY 04 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Nossob Eco Trail
DAY 05 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Nossob
DAY 06 Upington – Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

The Nossob Eco 4x4 Trail is running through the Kalahari Duneveld in the Kaglagadi Transfrontier Park. The convoy of minimum 02 vehicles and maximum 05 vehicles is led by a Sanparks Ranger. This trail is about being out there in the wilderness, camping wild in designated areas and not so much about seeing wildlife.

DAY 01 Upington – Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park
Time of departure will depend on clients’ travel schedule to Upington. Flight schedule to be finalised. (Flight not included)

Depart from Upington on a 03-hour drive through the Kalahari duneveld (“veld” means natural vegetation), passing various pans (dry lakes), to the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park,

The word Kalahari derives from the word Makgadigadi, meaning salt pans (salt lakes) in the language spoken by the Kgalagadi people living in the Kgalagadi Region in south-western Botswana. The word Kgalagadi means salt pans too in their language. More than 1 000 pans are scattered throughout the park. The Kalahari is the largest area of sand in the world, covering 2.5 million square kilometres from the Orange River in South Africa in the south to slightly north of the equator. The area referred to as the arid Kalahari covers some 900 000 square kilometres in the south and covers parts of South Africa and Namibia and most of Botswana. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is situated in the southern part of the arid Kalahari in South Africa and Botswana and is jointly managed by South Africa National Parks (Sanparks) and Botswana Wildlife.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park covers 37 000 square km, which is one of the largest conservation areas in the world and one of the last truly unspoilt ecosystems.

Endemic game such as gemsbok, springbok, eland, giraffe, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest roam the sparsely vegetated red sand dunes and the dry river valleys of the Nossob and Auob where a variety of acacia species thrive.

The Park is well known for good sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah and spotted – and brown hyena are common residents. Because of an abundance of prey in the form of mice, whistling rats, birds and insects, smaller predators thrive in the park. The park is home to caracal, honey badger, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, cape fox, African wildcat, mongoose and the ever-popular suricate (meerkat).

Kgalagadi is a bird watcher’s paradise with more than 300 species recorded including at least 20 larger raptor species. The world’s heaviest flying bird, the Kori bustard and the stately secretary bird patrol the riverbeds while the noisy northern black korhaan rule in the dunes.

Check in at accommodation at Twee Rivieren. Depart on an afternoon game drive. The Twee Rivieren area is known for lion, leopard, cheetah and meerkat sightings.
Optional 03 hr sunset drive with Sanparks guide at own cost
Overnight: Camping at Twee Rivieren
Meals: B, L & D (Full board on all days)
Distance: 250 km
Travel time: 03 hrs

DAY 02 Nossob Eco Trail (Twee Rivieren – Witgat)
Convoy departs, led by a Park Ranger in his vehicle. The Nossob 4x4 Eco Trail starts on the South African side between Kij-Kij and Melkvlei. Continue through the Kalahari Duneveld to Witgat Campsite, visiting the fascinating irregular dunes, an Aardwolf midden and two breath-taking view points.

Campsites on the Nossob Eco Trail are not fenced and consist of a pit toilet, shower bag and fireplace without grids
Overnight Camping at Witgat (basic facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 90 km
Travel time: 05 hrs

DAY 03 Nossob Eco Trail (Witgat – Rosyntjiebos)
Continue on 4x4 trail to Rosyntiebos Camp,
Overnight Camping at Rosyntiebos (basic facilities)
Meals: B. L & D
Distance: 60 km
Travel time: 04 hrs

DAY 04 Nossob Eco Trail (Rosyntjiebos – Swartbas)
Continue on 4x4 trail to Swartbas Camp,
Overnight Camping at Swartbas (basic facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 50 km
Travel time: 05 hrs

DAY 05 Nossob Eco Trail – Nossob
Depart on 4x4 trail to Nossob River. Game drive along the Nossob Valley to Nossob Camp. Afternoon game drive in the Nossob area, The Nossob area is known for lion activities.

Optional 03 hr sunset drive or 02 hr night drive with Sanparks guide at own cost
Overnight Camping at Nossob
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 100 km
Travel time: 05 hrs

DAY 06 Nossob – Twee Rivieren – Upington
Game drive along the Nossob Valley to Twee Rivieren. Exit the Park and continue to Upington Airport or elsewhere. Flight schedule to be finalised. (Flight not included)
Meals: L
Distance: 415 km
Travel time: 08 hrs

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ITINERARY FOR START AT NOSSOB (NORTH – SOUTH TRAIL)
January, March, May, July, September & November

DAY 01 Upington – Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park
Time of departure will depend on clients’ travel schedule to Upington. Depart from Upington on a 03-hour drive through the Kalahari duneveld (“veld” means natural vegetation), passing various pans (dry lakes), to the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park,

The word Kalahari derives from the word Makgadigadi, meaning salt pans (salt lakes) in the language spoken by the Kgalagadi people living in the Kgalagadi Region in south-western Botswana. The word Kgalagadi means salt pans too in their language. More than 1 000 pans are scattered throughout the park. The Kalahari is the largest area of sand in the world, covering 2.5 million square kilometres from the Orange River in South Africa in the south to slightly north of the equator. The area referred to as the arid Kalahari covers some 900 000 square kilometres in the south and covers parts of South Africa and Namibia and most of Botswana. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is situated in the southern part of the arid Kalahari in South Africa and Botswana and is jointly managed by South Africa National Parks (Sanparks) and Botswana Wildlife.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park covers 37 000 square km, which is one of the largest conservation areas in the world and one of the last truly unspoilt ecosystems.

Endemic game such as gemsbok, springbok, eland, giraffe, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest roam the sparsely vegetated red sand dunes and the dry river valleys of the Nossob and Auob where a variety of acacia species thrive.

The Park is well known for good sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah and spotted – and brown hyena are common residents. Because of an abundance of prey in the form of mice, whistling rats, birds and insects, smaller predators thrive in the park. The park is home to caracal, honey badger, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, cape fox, African wildcat, mongoose and the ever-popular suricate (meerkat).

Kgalagadi is a bird watcher’s paradise with more than 300 species recorded including at least 20 larger raptor species. The world’s heaviest flying bird, the Kori bustard and the stately secretary bird patrol the riverbeds while the noisy northern black korhaan rule in the dunes.

Check in at Twee Rivieren. Depart on an afternoon game drive. The Twee Rivieren area is known for lion, leopard, cheetah and meerkat sightings.

Optional 3 hr sunset drive with Sanparks guide at own cost
Overnight: Camping at Twee Rivieren
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 250 km
Travel time: 03 hrs

DAY 02 Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park
Departs north on a game drive along the Nossob River Valley to Nossob Camp. Afternoon game drive in the Nossob area, The Nossob area is known for lion activities.

Optional 03 hr sunset drive or 02 hr night drive with Sanparks guide at own cost
Overnight Camping at Nossob
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 165 km
Travel time: 05 hrs

DAY 03 Nossob Eco Trail (Nossob – Swartbas)
Convoy led by a Sanparks Guide departs north to the starting point of the Nossob 4x4 Eco Trail near Polentswa. Continue through the Kalahari Duneveld to Swartbas Camp.

Campsites on the Nossob Eco Trail are not fenced and consist of a pit toilet, shower bag and fireplace without grids
Overnight Camping at Swartbas (basic facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 100 km
Travel time: 05 hrs

DAY 04 Nossob Eco Trail (Swartbas – Rosyntjiebos)
Continue on 4x4 trail to Rosyntiebos Camp,
Overnight Camping at Rosyntiebos (basic facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 50 km
Travel time: 04 hrs

DAY 05 Nossob Eco Trail (Rosyntjiebos – Witgat)
Continue on 4x4 trail to Witgat Camp,
Overnight Camping at Witgat (basic facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 60 km
Travel time: 05 hrs

DAY 06 Nossob Eco Trail – Twee Rivieren – Upington
Depart on 4x4 trail to Nossob River, visiting the fascinating irregular dunes, an Aardwolf midden and two breath-taking view points. Game drive along the Nossob Valley to Twee Rivieren. Exit the Park and continue to Upington Airport or elsewhere. Flight schedule to be finalised. (Flight not included)
Meals: L
Distance: 340 km
Travel time: 08 hrs

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 1 600 per day
INCLUDED: Guide fees, guide accommodation, entrance fees & meals
ADDITIONAL TRAIL FEES: R 3 200/vehicle
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.

Rates on request:
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