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Adorable meerkat at Tswalu

Kalahari Safari + Wildflowers + Cape Town


1PK12C
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,495
International flights quoted separately
This private tour is superb for viewing the seasonal wild flowers of Namaqualand, which bloom from mid-August to mid-September each year and transform the barren landscape with a carpet of many colours. Complete your holiday with a visit to the thundering Augrabies Falls and enjoying a thriling a malaria free safari in the fascinating Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Photo Wildflowers South Africa Wheelchair Safari Kalahari Cape Town
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Cape Point
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Winelands
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West Coast
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St Helena Bay
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Cederberg
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Namaqualand
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Augrabies Falls
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Kgalagadi Park
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Cape Point
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Winelands
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West Coast
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St Helena Bay
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Cederberg
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Namaqualand
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Augrabies Falls
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Kgalagadi Park
Day 1
You will be met at Upington Airport and transferred to your guest farm near this small town that acts as the gateway to the vast Kalahari.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue South African skies.
Day 2
This morning we travel 3-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.
Days 3 To 4
Today is devoted to game viewing, as we explore the vast Kgalagadi National Park. You will have the flexibility of discussing preferred routings and travelling times with your driver/guide 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.
 
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 and its 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 hope to see some big cats before returning to camp at around 09h00 for breakfast. The rest of the morning can be spent relaxing at camp, reading or bird watching, before setting out again at the time of your choice (usually the late afternoon) for another game drive.
 
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.
Day 5
After some final game viewing in Kgalagadi National Park, today we travel south for 4-hours through Bushmanland to Augrabies Falls. On the way we enjoy a picnic lunch (included) and stop at a Bushmen craft stall to give you the opportunity of supporting this community by buying one of their hand-made products.
  
At Augrabies - “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 on foot, where conditions for photography are excellent.
Day 6
This morning we leave Augrabies Falls and drive 3-hours into the heart of Namaqualand.
 
As we 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.
 
Day 7
A full day to enjoy viewing and photographing the spectacular wildflowers of Namaqualand - including Goegap Nature Reserve in 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 both 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 8
Today we travel 4-hours from Namaqualand to the scenic Cederberg Mountains, passing through the small towns of Garies and Bitterfontein (picnic lunch included).
 
Garies produces kaolin, which is an essential element in the production of paper and fine porcelain, and Bitterfontein produces and exports green granite. At Vanrhynsdorp we visit its Succulent Nursery that is home to the world’s largest collection of indigenous succulents.
 
On arrival in the Cederberg, check into your hotel in this region of dramatically beautiful rocky mountain scenery.
Day 9
This morning we leave Cedarberg and travel 2-hours to the coastal town of Paternoster, a peaceful fishing village that has sustained a local community for many decades. In this area, depending upon the rainfall, from mid August to mid September you may see spectacular fields of wild flowers.
 
We continue for 3-hours along the West Coast, stopping at Blaauberg Strand with postcard views of Table Mountain, before checking into your hotel in beautiful Cape Town.
Day 10
Today your guide will collect you for a full day tour of Cape Town.
 
We start with a short tour of the key historical and architectural sites of the 'Mother City'. Weather permitting, we then ascend Table Mountain by cable car to enjoy one of the world’s most famous views (alternatively we drive up Signal Hill, with its wonderful view point).
 
Afterwards we continue to Kirstenbosch Gardens, which is world renowned for its wide diversity of fynbos and protea. Here we enjoy lunch (own account), before spending the afternoon exploring these beautiful gardens.
Day 11
Today your guide will collect you for a full day tour to the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
  
Enjoy wonderful ocean views as we drive around the Cape Peninsula to naval Simonstown, where we visit the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
 
We continue to Cape Point where we hope to see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July to November). We take an accessible funicular ride up to the Old Lighthouse, before returning via spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Town.
Day 12
Today enjoy a full day excursion to the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands.
 
Our first stop is at the Cheetah Outreach project in Somerset West, a community-based programme seeking to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and campaign for its survival.
 
We continue to the historic university town of Stellenbosch, with its open air craft market and wonderful museums, before continuing to a wine estate for a light lunch (own account). We visit another wine estate along this famous wine route to taste its fine wines, before returning to Cape Town.
Day 13
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.
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