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Namaqualand Wildflowers - Privately Guided Safari


SPO8U
8 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
International flights quoted separately
Between August & September, arid Namaqualand springs to life & is covered by a colourful carpet of wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Travel with your private guide to view this natural phenomenon, before visiting the thundering Augrabies Falls, the 6th largest in the world. Then enjoy a safari in Kgalagadi, known for its predator sightings. English speaking guide, all transfers, park fees & game drives included.
Namaqualand Wildflowers South Africa Tour Kalahari Augrabies Falls
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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Black Maned Lion
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Meerkats
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Oryx
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Bushman
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Augrabies Falls
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Namaqualand
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Wildflowers
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Photography
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Star Gazing
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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Black Maned Lion
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Meerkats
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Oryx
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Bushman
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Augrabies Falls
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Namaqualand
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Wildflowers
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Photography
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Star Gazing
Day 1
You will be met at Upington Airport and transferred to your hotel in this small town that acts as the gateway to the vast Kalahari.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue South African skies.
Day 2
Today we travel 4-hours from Upington into the heart of Namaqualand (picnic lunch included).
 
As you approach Springbok, you can expect to see miles and miles of brightly coloured wildflowers that bloom here each year during August and September – carpeting what is normally an arid semi-desert landscape. This spectacular natural phenomenon occurs for only a few weeks, with the quality and timing of the floral displays depending upon the mid-year rainfall. Check into your hotel in the heart of the wildflower region.
Days 3 To 4
A full day to enjoy viewing and photographing the spectacular wildflowers of Namaqualand - including Goegap Nature Reserve near Springbok - as well as more remote regions such as Kamieskroon, depending upon where the flowers are the best (please note flower areas only open at 11am).
 
Enjoy viewing these carpets of brightly coloured and delicate flowers, covering what is normally an arid semi-desert landscape – a truly remarkable sight. Also absorb the atmosphere of these quaint rural towns in this far-flung part of the country (picnic lunch included).
Day 5
This morning we depart from Namaqualand and travel 3-hours to Augrabies Falls.
 
At Augrabies Falls, "the Place of Great Noise”, the mighty Orange River dramatically crashes over the rim of a granite canyon during the summer flood, to plunge 270 ft into the gorge below, forming South Africa’s largest waterfall and the sixth largest in the world. Accommodation is in simple but comfortable air-conditioned chalets, with your guide having an allowance to purchase breakfast and dinner at the camp restaurant.
 
Check in and and view Augrabies Falls, where conditions for photography are excellent..
Day 6
This morning we travel 4-hours through the vast and arid Kalahari, one of the world’s last unspoilt ecosystems and one of Africa’s greatest wilderness areas. In this land of far horizons, marvel at the gigantic nests of the sociable weaver birds set high in camel thorn trees and stop to examine some of the amazing succulent desert plants which have adapted to survive in such harsh conditions.
  
The malaria-free Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a visionary 3.7-million hectare joint venture between South African and Botswana. There are several  self-catering rest camps, with accommodation in simple but comfortable air-conditioned chalets and tents. Your guide has an allowance to cover your breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner every day you are in the park.
Day 7
Today is devoted to game viewing, as we explore the vast Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. As you will have the services of your own driver/guide throughout your safari, you will have the flexibility of discussing preferred routings and travelling times with him each day. However we recommend setting off early each morning as the camp gates open (05h30 to 06h00 depending on the season), to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day. All game drives will be in your guide's air-conditioned vehicle.
 
Wildlife is plentiful in the red sand dunes and semi-desert of this vast game sanctuary, which is twice the size of the Kruger National Park. Of the many species of mammals and reptiles that have successfully adapted to the harsh desert conditions, the most famous is the black-maned Kalahari lion. Kgalagadi is also renowned for the magnificent oryx, cheetah and leopards - which are more easily seen in the sparse vegetation. You will see some of Africa’s most unusual animals in the Kalahari and many of the “great cats” – lion, cheetah and leopard – but the vegetation does not support elephants, rhino or buffalo.
 
We should see large herds of antelope including springbok, eland and blue wildebeest. We also hope to see the brown and spotted hyena, black-backed jackals, curious meerkats, yellow mongoose, porcupines, honey badgers, bat-eared foxes, Cape foxes, African wild cats and many other interesting animals. Bird life is also prolific, with over 260 species, including 20 different raptors.
 
You can spend the full day on the road, or return to your rest camp for breakfast and some relaxation, before setting out again at the time of your choice (usually the late afternoon) for another game drive.
Day 8
Enjoy some final game viewing in Kgalagadi National Park today before we travel south for 3-hours to Upington.
 
We stop at a Bushman craft stall to give you the opportunity of supporting this community by buying one of their hand-made products, before checking in to our hotel in Upington.
Day 9
Transfer to Upington Airport for your flight home.
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