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This trip takes you from the Kalahari right down to Cape Town, covering some of the most amazing scenery in Southern Africa. This part of South Africa is still relatively unknown to international tourists yet offers some stunning arid landscapes and less well known wildlife such as the Oryx and Jackal. The cultural heritage of the Eastern Cape is also rich as these open landscapes are the traditional hunting grounds of the San people. This tour contrasts both the modern international city life of Cape Town with the traditional lifestyles of the San whose culture is thousands of years old.
Arrival at Johannesburg airport where you will catch a flight to Upington. Here you will meet your guide and drive to Klipkolk Lodge. Overnight Klipkolk Lodge (Dinner only)
Depart for Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and spend 2 days in one of World's largest conservation areas, known for good lion & cheetah sightings, birds and large raptor species. Overnight at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on HB basis
After full day in Kgalagadi, you will continue south past Twee Rivieren & stay on the banks of the dry Molopo River. This area is known for the Khomani, the last remaining San Tribe in South Africa. Overnight at the Molopo Lodge on HB basis
Depart for Augrabies Falls NP via Tierberg Nature Reserve. Augrabies ('Place of Great Noise') is the 6th largest waterfall in the World. You will also do some wine tasting at Orange River cooperative wine cellar. Overnight at the Augrabies Falls National Park on HB basis
Depart for Calvinia via the Persian Water Wheels at Kakamas. Hantam House is built in 1854 in Cape Dutch style and is now a national monument. Overnight at Hantam House on HB basis
Depart for Cederberg area known for its unique rock formations. You will also have the opportunity to do a hiking trail and see 9 San rock art paintings. Overnight on Waenhuis Farm on BB basis
Early start to Elandsberg Eco-tourism project, providing information on Fynbos, rock formations and Rooibos tea processing. You will also visit Rocherpan Marine & Nature Reserve and spend some time in one of the birdhides. Overnight at the Blue Dolphin Guesthouse on HB basis
After a great breakfast you will visit Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and climb the lighthouse. West Coast National Park is known for its azure waters, 1000s of seabirds, pristine golden beaches and salt marshes with waders. Overnight at the Blue Dolphin Guesthouse on HB basis
Early start for the last part of the journey to Cape Town. Along the way you stop at Riebeek Kasteel, Kloovenburg Vineyard and Wellington. Overnight at An African Villa on BB basis
You will visit amongst others Cape Point, The Boulders penguin colony and Rondevlei Nature Reserve. Overnight at An African Villa on BB basis
Return transfer to Cape Town Airport for your departing flight.
National Parks such as Kgalagadi Transfrontier and Augrabies Falls NP work hard on improving relationships with local communities through their Park forums. Rural communities are encouraged to actively participate in the management of their local park and raise issues affecting their lives and the environment through the Park Forums. SANParks are also involved in projects to train, promote self-empowerment and create job opportunities for unskilled rural people.
Klipkolk Lodge is the only community owned lodge in the area and your hosts Gertruida and Hendrik Bott are very involved in the development of tourism products to spread the benefits from tourism amongst the local community living in one of the most remote areas of the country.
The Khomani San is the last remaining San tribe in South Africa and are living in the immediate surroundings of the Molopo Kalahari Lodge, where also their arts & craft centre is located. Tourism provides the San with alternative incomes from amongst others selling arts & crafts, keeping their traditional life styles alive, demonstrating rock & ostrich eggshell painting, burn work on bone and through guided walks showing desert tracking & survival skills.
This trip can be arranged on a guided or self-drive basis at any time of the year, please contact BAOBAB for further details and a quote.
* This itinerary is available with an International Flight. Prices vary according to date of departure so please contact us for an exact quote. BAOBAB Travel is an ATOL bonded tour operator (ATOL 9168)
Terms and Conditions apply. Price is subject to availability and subject to change due to currency fluctuation.
Experienced & accredited tour guide with transport in air-conditioned vehicle
11 Nights accommodation on mixed board basis
All activities as in itinerary
Entrance & park fees
Meals and activities not stated in itinerary
Items of a personal nature
Tips and gratuities
*International British Airways flight incl. airport taxes.
The above itinerary can be used as a starting point and can be tailored to suit your needs. Contact us for more information.