5 Day Backroad Kalahari Experience

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Designed especially for the independent traveller and backpackers

5 Days 4 Nights Kgalagadi Transfrontier Peace Park, salt pans, rolling Kalahari Dunes, Riemvasmaak hot springs, Molopo Gorge, Orange river trip, Your tour ends at Augrabies Falls, with river rafting or an optional canoe trail - an unforgettable combination of river and desert.



Day 1:

Early morning pick-up in Upington. Orientation tour before driving through the desert to the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. Afternoon game drive to Nossob. Overnight at Nossob or Mata-Mata, depending on availability. (450 km)

Day 2:

Full-day game drives to Union’s End, Mata-Mata or the dune road, using local reports of game sightings: lion, leopard, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest, jackal and hyena, a wide variety of raptors and many other game species.

Day 3:

Game drive to Twee Rivieren. Souvenir and supply shopping at Twee Rivieren. Lunch en-route whilst driving along the Molopo River to Riemvasmaak (570 km). Stop off at Noenieput before arriving at Riemvasmaak in the late afternoon.

Relax in the hot springs while viewing the infinite canopy of stars of the Milky Way above the gorge.

Day 4:

Morning walk to the waterfalls (3 km) Last swim in the hot springs before driving to Augrabies (100 km). View the spectacular Augrabies Falls followed by sundowners in the Augrabies Falls National Park. Overnight at the Kalahari Adventure Centre, 10 km from the Park. (320 km)

Day 5:

Augrabies Rush white water rafting (grade 2/3) through a pristine part of the Park not otherwise accessible to the public. Lunch in the picnic site. Last view of the Park before being dropped off in Upington.

Includes all transport ex Upington, entry fees and meals. Tents, camp chairs, eating utensils and camping mats are also included. Coolerboxes with ice provided daily for your personal use to store your drinks.

Alternative luxury accommodation may sometimes be available at the client’s expense or we can arrange your accommodation for you at a premium over and above the normal price of the trip. Accommodation varies from guesthouses to National Park chalets, luxury tented camps, backpackers and lodges.



You need to bring a sleeping bag, liquid refreshments, sun block and clothing suitable for both the desert and the morning on the river, torch and a camera.

Wet gear: Hat, sunglasses with ties, wading boots, costume, shorts, long sleeved shirts, waterproof windbreaker. Dry gear: Tracksuit, shirts, underwear, dry shoes or boots, environment friendly toiletries, torch and camera. Personal medications..

Camping gear: Sleeping bag.We supply tents, mattresses and camp hands

Drinks: Cans are best. No glass please except decent bottles of wine. It can get hot so be generous with your calculations. (i.e. times 2). We supply ice. The river is entirely drinkable but not to everyone's taste. Your liquid intake will be high. It is HOT out there.

During the winter months a warm sweater or fleece, beanie, gloves and thick socks are recommended. Clients are requested to keep luggage to a minimum.

Please note that this route takes you to some remote regions and covers vast distances. Although we try to keep to the itinerary as far as possible, road and weather conditions may dictate that alternative routes be taken. No matter where the road takes you, the Kalahari experience is unforgettable.



Intercape ex Cape Town:

Departs Sunday PM

Fly-in with SA Airlink


Intercape departs Sunday AM

Rented self drive cost effective for two or more.

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