In assocciation with Kalahari Wildlife Tours

KGALAGADI – MOKALA WILDLIFE & ANGLO-BOER WAR GUIDED TOUR

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

12 Days
11 Nights

DAY 01 – 02 Dec Kgalagadi – Transfrontier Park / Twee Rivieren
DAY 02 – 03 Dec Kgalagadi – Transfrontier Park / Nossob
DAY 03 – 04 Dec – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Polentswa
DAY 04 – 05 Dec – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Polentswa
DAY 05 – 06 Dec – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Mata Mata
DAY 06 – 07 Dec – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Rooiputs
DAY 07 – 08 Dec – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Rooiputs
DAY 08 – 09 Dec – Tshabong / Camel Park
DAY 09 – 10 Dec – Kimberley
DAY 10 – 11 Dec – Magersfontein / Mokala National Park / Motswedi
DAY 10 – 12 Dec – Mokala National Park / Motswedi
DAY 12 – 13 Dec – Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 01, 02 Dec
Upington – Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park (South Africa)

Time of departure will depend on clients’ travel schedule to Upington. Flight/bus schedule to be finalised. (Flight/bus 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 and 02 hr night drive on open vehicle with Sanparks guide at own cost at all Sanparks Camps
Overnight: Camping at Twee Rivieren
Meals: B, L & D (Full Board on all days)

DAY 02, 03 Dec
Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park

Game drive north along the Nossob River Valley to Nossob Camp. Afternoon game drive in the Nossob area. The Nossob area is known for lion activities.

Nossob Camp has a hide overlooking an illuminated waterhole.

Afternoon game drive
Overnight Camping at Nossob
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 03, 04 Dec
Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park (Botswana)

Early morning game drive to Marie se Draai, a popular loop route with regular predator sightings.

Continue on a game drive along the Nossob River Valley to Polentswa Camp Ground on the Botswana side of the Park, north of Nossob Camp.

Afternoon game drive in the area. Visit Polentswa Waterhole, known for regular visits by predators and raptors.

Polentswa has no protective fencing. This remote campsite overlooks the vegetated Polentswa Pan and is known for beautiful sunsets. Lions, hyenas and brown hyenas are regular visitors to Polentswa at night.
Overnight Camping at Polentswa (Basic Facilities; A-frame, pit toilet & open air shower)
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 04, 05 Dec
Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park (Botswana)

Morning and afternoon game drives in the northern part of the Park.
Overnight Camping at Polentswa
Meals: B. L & D

DAY 05, 06 Dec
Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park

Game drive via Nossob Camp, Upper Dune Road and the Auob River Valley to Mata Mata on the Namibian Border. Mata Mata is situated on the banks of the Auob River Valley. This is cheetah territory and is one the best, if not the best, places in Southern Africa to see cheetah.

The Mata Mata area is also known for lion, brown and spotted hyena sightings.

Mata Mata Camp has a hide overlooking an illuminated waterhole.
Overnight Camping at at Mata Mata
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 06, 07 Dec
Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park (Botswana)

Game drive along the Auob River Valley and Nossob River Valley to Rooiputs Camp Ground on the Botswana side. Pitch camp. Depart on an afternoon game drive. The Rooiputs area is known for lion, cheetah, spotted & brown hyena and meerkat sightings.

Experience the park, camping in the wild with no protective fencing. Enjoy dinner around the fire, while listening to the sounds of the night. Don’t be surprised if you hear lion, hyena, leopard and black backed jackal during the night. Lions are regular visitors to Rooiputs at night.
Overnight: Camping at Rooiputs (Basic Facilities; A-frame, pit toilet & open air shower)
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 07, 08 Dec
Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park (Botswana)

Morning and afternoon game drives in the southern Part of Kgalagadi.
Overnight Camping at Rooiputs
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 08, 09 Dec
Kgalagadi – Tshabong (Botswana)

Morning game drive. Exit the park and continue to Tshabong in south Botswana.
Overnight Camping at Camel Park
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 09, 10 Dec
Tshabong – Kimberley

Depart to McCarthy’s Rest Border Post. Enter South Africa. Continue to Kuruman.

Visit Moffat Museum. It was at first a mission station of the London Missionary Society founded by Robert Moffat in 1821. Moffat was the first person to translate the Bible in an African language, Setswana, spoken by the local Batswana tribe. It was also the place where David Livingstone arrived for his first position as missionary in 1841. He later married Mary, the daughter of Robert Moffat and he set off from Kuruman on his African expeditions. Visit Livingstone Room

Continue direction Danielskuil to the Wonderwerk Cave. Wonderwerk Cave is an ancient solution cavity, exposed at one end by hillside erosion, and running horizontally for 139 m into the base of a low conical foothill on the eastern flank of the Kuruman Hills. Its geological context is stratified dolomitic limestone of the 2.3 billion year-old Ghaap Plateau Dolomite Formation. Permanent water sources in the area are presently limited to a seep some 5 km to the south on Gakorosa Hill and a large sinkhole now known as Boesmans Gat (meaning “Bushman’s waterhole”), about 12 km away where the deepest freshwater dive in the world has been done.

Research has shown that bedrock in the front portion of the cave is overlain by 4 m of deposits consisting of almost horizontal layers of wind-blown dust with a variable admixture of roof-slabs. Initial radiocarbon, Uranium-series and palaeomagnetic readings indicate that the uppermost metre of sediments, 45 m in from the cave mouth, spans the past 300 000 years, while extrapolation, based on that result, suggests that the lower levels range back very much further. Palaeomagnetic evidence recently indicated that the base of the sequence may reach back as far as 1.77 to 1.95 million years. The small irregular stone cores and flakes in those lowest levels could be Oldowan. There is archaeological evidence of human occupation in all layers, making this one of the longest inhabited caves on earth.

Proceed to Kimberley.
Overnight Room in Kimberley
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 10, 11 Dec
Kimberley – Magersfontein – Mokala National Park

Today is the commemoration of the Battle of Magersfontein during the Anglo-Boer War in 1899.

Depart to the Anglo-Boer War Battlefield of Magersfontein. The Battle of Magersfontein was fought on 11 December 1899 on the borders of the Cape Colony and the independent Republic of the Orange Free State. British forces under Lieutenant General Lord Methuen were advancing north along the railway line from the Cape in order to relieve the Siege of Kimberley, but their path was blocked at Magersfontein by a Boer force that was entrenched in the surrounding hills. The British had already fought a series of battles with the Boers, most recently at Modder River, where the advance was temporarily halted.

Lord Methuen failed to perform adequate reconnaissance in preparation for the impending battle, and was unaware that Boer Veggeneraal (Combat General) De la Rey had entrenched his forces at the foot of the hills rather than the forward slopes as was the accepted practice. This allowed the Boers to survive the initial British artillery bombardment. When the British troops failed to deploy from a compact formation during their advance, the defenders were able to inflict heavy casualties. The Highland Brigade suffered the worst casualties, while on the Boer side, the Scandinavian Corps was destroyed. The Boers attained a tactical victory and succeeded in holding the British in their advance on Kimberley. The battle was the second of three battles during what became known as the Black Week of the Second Boer War.

Following their defeat, the British delayed at the Modder River for another two months while reinforcements were brought forward. General Lord Roberts was appointed Commander in Chief of the British forces in South Africa and moved to take personal command of this front. He subsequently lifted the Siege of Kimberley and forced Boer General Cronje to surrender with 5 000 men on 27 Feb 1900 at the Battle of Paardeberg after holding out for 11 days, being surrounded and attacked by a British Force of 15 000. This was a serious setback in defending the two Boer Republics of the Orange Free State and Transvaal against the advancing British Forces. The war lasted until 31 May 1902 when the Boer forces surrendered.

Depart to Mokala National Park. Mokala National Park is South Africa’s newest park and is situated 80 km south of the diamond city Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province. The land of the previous Vaalbos National Park near Barkly West was handed back to local people and in a huge operation more than 800 head of game was trans-located from Vaalbos to Mokala. The grassy plains studded with camelthorn trees and isolated dolerite hills give Mokala a typical African feeling.

Mokala is home to many endangered species including black- and white rhino, Cape buffalo, roan antelope, sable antelope and tsessebe. Other species include black & blue wildebeest, giraffe, eland, kudu, gemsbok, red hartebeest, Burchell’s zebra, waterbuck and mountain reedbuck.

Various bird species, including a white-backed vulture breeding colony numbering 200 birds and many lizard species can be seen in Mokala and leopard tortoises are common sightings in summer.

Game drive to Motswedi Campground. The campground overlooks a waterhole.

Optional activities include sunset drive and San rock art drive
Overnight: Camping at Motswedi with private ablution facilities
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 11, 12 Dec
Mokala National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in Mokala..
Overnight: Camping at Motswedi with private ablution facilities
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 12,13 Dec
Mokala – Upington (Kimberley)

Depart to Upington. Guests departing by flight/bus from Kimberley will be dropped off in Kimberley. Arrive mid-afternoon in Upington. (Flight/bus and/or accommodation not included)
Meals: L

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

 

ACCOMMODATION PERSONS NET RATES PER PERSON
Camping x 10; Room x 01
02 R33 500
03 R27 000
04+ R23 000

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PAYMENT:
Deposit: R 6 000 when reservation is confirmed
Balance: Applicable amount before 12 Oct 2020

Payment can be made by credit card authorisation, bank wire or electronic transfer

INCLUDED:
Air conditioned transport & driver/guide (Type of vehicle will depend on number of persons on tour)
Accommodation as per itinerary
Camping equipment on 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)
Bottled water & soft drinks
Activities as per itinerary (All scheduled game drives are in the tour vehicle)
Guidebooks about flora, fauna, area etc. in vehicle
Satellite phone for emergency calls only
15% VAT

EXCLUDED:
Flights or bus pre & post tour
Accommodation pre/post tour in Upington if needed.
Alcoholic and after hours private drinks
Travel insurance (Suggested to be obtained in country of residence)
Any activities not included in tour itinerary
All activities & meals in red.

CAMPING EQUIPMENT FOR CLIENTS ON CAMPING TOURS:
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

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!

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

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

Please contact us if you need more information.

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