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Northern Cape and Kgalagadi 

ITINERARY
 

Day 1 – OR Tambo International Airport to Bloemfontein

Depart from OR Tambo International Airport to Bloemfontein – the city of roses, the capital city of the Free State Province and the 6th largest city in the country.  See stars at the first digital planetarium in Sub-Saharan Africa, trace the origin of democracy at Mapikela House, admire the tropical flowers at the Orchid House Arboretum, do some last-minute shopping or just relax in your room.  Tomorrow will be a long, interesting drive.

Day 2:  Kimberley

Kimberley is the capital city of the Northern Cape Province.  Notable personalities such as Cecil John Rhodes and Barney Barnato made their fortunes here.  Kimberley Big Hole, the Kimberley Mine Museum, Magersfontein Battlefield, Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre or the Flamingo Casino are just a few of the attractions.

Tonight, you will spend the night in Dronfield Nature Reserve.  Dronfield is home to a breeding colony of white-backed vultures, eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, zebra, kudu, springbok, duiker, steenbok, roan and sable antelope.

Day 3: Kuruman

En route to Kuruman, visit the Wonderwerk cave – a massive cave excavated by the San.  A must-see is the Eye of Kuruman – an inexhaustible spring that has never run dry, even during droughts.  Every day, 20 million litres of pure, sweet water pours from this spring.  Pay a visit to the renowned Moffat Mission, before retreating to your accommodation for the night.

Red Sands Country Lodge is nestled among the Kuruman hills, a mere 15km west of Kuruman.  Set in the middle of a 1 800-hectare Private Nature Reserve, peace and quiet are guaranteed.

Day 4: Van Zylsrus

Visit Hotazel – a small mining town in the middle of nowhere.  Hotazel means “As hot as hell” – enough said.  Once you leave the mines behind, enjoy the beautiful vistas of red Kalahari dunes and huge camel thorn trees along the way.  Make sure to visit the acclaimed Kalahari Meerkat Project.  Spend the night at the beautiful, historical Van Zylsrus Hotel.

Day 5: Kgalagadi

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park lies in the heart of the Kalahari Desert.  Imposing camel thorn trees provide shade for magnificent black-mane lions, gemsbok, eland, wildebeest and vast herds of springbok.  Truly a place like no other.

Day 6 & 7: Kgalagadi

Tonight, you will spend a night in an unfenced camp – an unforgettable experience.  With an abundance of all types of fauna and flora, you are highly likely to see large numbers of gemsbok, springbok and other animals are drawn to the waterhole in the dry river bed.  You might even be lucky enough to see a pride of lions coming to quench their thirst.

Day 8: Kgalagadi

Magnificent red sand dunes are the monolithic setting for tonight’s accommodation.  An excellent camp, great for seclusion and magnificent for photography.  Being so far away from other camps, you tend to have sightings to yourself.

Day 9: Askham

After roughing it for the past few days, it is time for a little luxury.  Spend the night at Molopo Kalahari Lodge.  Take part in the array of activities on offer, or just relax next to the pool with something cold to drink.

Day 10: Augrabies Falls National Park

Augrabies – “Place of Great Noise”.  When in flood, you will be awed by the water thundering down the gorge.  In the so-called “dry season”, the Park still has a charm of its own.  An arid, alien landscape, home to the enigmatic quiver tree and the shy brown hyena.

Day 11: Upington

Visit the famous waterwheels of Kakamas and the donkey statue in Upington.  Upington is a beautiful town, nestled on the banks of the Orange river.  Home to several wine cellars and deli’s, it is time to spoil yourself a little.

Day 12: Bloemfontein

Beautiful vistas await upon your return trip to Bloemfontein.

 

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - a magical place, made for those who place a premium on peace and quiet.  Red sand dunes, dry river beds, vast open plains and magical sunsets.  This tour also includes a visit to Augrabies National Park and Kimberley.  

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