In assocciation with Kalahari Wildlife Tours

Tour 13: 10 Day Kgalagadi – Mabuasehube – Kaa Game Viewing Trail 4×4 Tour

This tour covers 01 Trans Frontier Park & 01 conservation area.

Terrain: Tar & dirt roads, sand trails
Total Distance: 1665 km
Trailers accepted!

Maximum vehicles on tour: 8
Average travel time per day: 5,5 hrs

MALARIA FREE AREA!

10 Days
9 Nights

DAY 01 Upington – McCarthy’s Rest
DAY 02 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Mabuasehube
DAY 03 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Mabuasehube
DAY 04 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Kaa Gate
DAY 05 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Kaa 4x4 Trail
DAY 06 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Kaa 4x4 Trail
DAY 07 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Kaa 4x4 Trail
DAY 08 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Polentswa
DAY 09 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Rooiputs
DAY 10 Upington – Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

This 4x4 tour covers the most remote parts of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, combining some loose sand tracks with good wildlife and wild camping in real wilderness areas. Tourist density is low due to limited number of campsites. Some campsites have no facilities and some have very basic facilities. Campsites are visited regularly by predators at night.

DAY 01 Arrival – McCarthy’s Rest
Depart at 10:00 from Upington or meet at 13:00 at Kuruman.

Depart to McCarthy’s Rest Border Post via Hotazel and Black Rock. Accommodation is on the South African side of the border.
Overnight: Cullinan Holiday Farm camping
Meals: B, L & D (Full Board on all days)
Distance: 430 km
Travel time: 6 hrs (190 km and 3 hrs from Kuruman)

DAY 02 McCarthy’s Rest – Mabuasehube
Depart to McCarthy’s Rest Border Post. Exit South Africa and enter Botswana. Proceed to Tshabong. Refuel.

Continue on a 02-hour drive on gravel and sand trail through the Kalahari to the Mabuasehube Section in the far eastern part of 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. All species except giraffe are found in Mabuasehube.

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.

Mabuasehube has higher annual rainfall and the landscape is bushier than the western side. The campsites are far apart and very private. Mabuasehube campsites are situated on the edge of big pans, some overlooking waterholes. Afternoon game drive if time allows.
Overnight: One of the camps camping (basic facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 170 km
Travel time: 5 hrs

DAY 03 Mabuasehube
Morning and afternoon game drives in Mabuasehube.
Overnight: One of the camps camping (basic facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 60 km
Travel time: 6 hrs

DAY 04 Mabuasehube – Kaa
Game drive to Mabuasehube Gate. Depart north to the small town Hukuntsi. Refuel and replenish supplies. Proceed to Kaa Gate through the Kaa Concession on the northern border of the Botswana part of the Park.
The Kaa Kalahari Concession lies in the southwest of Botswana and borders on the north of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and is one of the last great unfenced wilderness areas in Southern Africa covering 1,3 million ha. Roughly 800 people live in a few small villages. There are two major ethnic groups; the Bakgalagadi and Basarwa or San. The latter lives here for 3 000 years.
Vast herds of game can still be seen in typical Kalahari veld with rolling grass plains and Acacia woodland. The area is dotted with pans (dry lakes) which fill up with water after good rains in summer and attract large herds of eland, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, some predators and many birds. Over 50 species of raptors have been recorded here. Kaa Concession is of ecological importance as it is the migratory corridor between the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Overnight: Kaa Gate Camp camping (basic facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 270 km
Travel time: 8 hrs

DAY 05 Kaa Game Viewing 4x4 Trail
Continue to Swartpan on the Kaa 4x4 Trail. Swartpan is situated in a very remote area close to the Namibian border in the northwest corner of the Park. The two campsites overlook a waterhole.
Overnight: Swartpan (no facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 70 km
Travel time: 4 hrs

DAY 06 Kaa Game Viewing 4x4 Trail
Short game drives on the Kaa 4x4Trail and around Swartpan. Relax in camp.
Overnight: Swartpan (no facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 30 km
Travel time: 2 hrs

DAY 07 Kaa Game Viewing 4x4 Trail
Continue on the Kaa 4x4 Trail to Thupapedi campsite.
Overnight: Thupapedi (no facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 70 km
Travel time: 4 hrs

DAY 8 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Depart to Kaa Gate. Continue along the 4x4 Excess Trail to the Nossob Valley. Eland are seen very often on this route. Game drive south to Polentswa Camp. (The facilities at Polentswa are very basic. Each campsite has an A-frame shade structure, pit toilet and a shelter for shower bag.)
Overnight: Polentswa on the Botswana side (basic facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 180 km
Travel time: 6 hrs

DAY 9 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Game drive south via the Nossob River Valley to Rooiputs Camp. (The facilities at Rooiputs are very basic. Each campsite has an A-frame shade structure, pit toilet and a shelter for shower bag.
Overnight: Rooiputs Camp on the Botswana side (basic facilities)
Meals: B, L & D
Distance: 140 km
Travel time: 6 hrs

DAY 10 Kgalagadi – Upington
Game drive to Twee Rivieren. Duration of game drive will depend on clients’ travel schedule from Upington.

Depart to Upington. En route stop at the last indigenous San tribe in South Africa, the Khomani. Today these earliest residents of the Kalahari, living here for 40 000 years, consist of only 400 people and are resident in an area between 40 and 70 km south of Twee Rivieren. Clients will have the opportunity to view and purchase their handcraft at one of the roadside stalls. The presence of the San at the roadside stalls can’t be guaranteed.

Continue to Upington to be in time for departing flight. Flight schedule to be finalised. (Flight not included)
Meals: L
Distance: 275 km
Travel time: 4 hrs

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.

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