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Botswana | Kalahari Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Route #1)

Entry at Twee Rivieren - exit at Mabua Gate into Botswana on the Tshabong Road.  Scroll down for dates.

Join us on "The Highwayman's Adventure Route" on deep sand tracks through the vast expanse of the world's largest continuous sand mass - the Kalahari. Bring your camera, there are some amazing photographic opportunities in an area twice the size of the Kruger National Park.

Our journey takes us into the four million hectare "Mabenyani a Kalahari" (Jewel of the Kalahari) concession area in Botswana and, if that is not enough, we then enter Mabuasehube and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

tour duration 8 Days
from R15,250
next trip 01 Feb 2023
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Starting in Twee Rivieren where the red dunes and scrub fade into infinity, our tour takes us north where imposing camel thorn trees provide shade for huge black-mane lions - this is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park which lies in the large sand-filled basin in the west of the southern African subcontinent, known as the Kalahari.

The Kgalagadi is popular for its sightings of majestic birds of prey and if we’re lucky, we’ll get to spot raptors and eagles. If we’re in the right place at the right time, we might even be honoured with a sighting of the rare Lesser Spotted Eagle.

Included

All meals
Professional guide
Tented Accommodation

Excluded

Border Crossing fees & road taxes
Guide Gratuity
Out of country medical emergency evacuation cover

Tour Dates

01 Feb 2023 - 08 Feb 2023 - R15,250.00
10 Feb 2023 - 17 Feb 2023 - R15,250.00
19 Feb 2023 - 26 Feb 2023 - R15,250.00

Day 1

Twee Rivieren

Today our magical adventure through the Kalahari begins.  We all settle in at our first campsite at Twee Rivieren in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.  A later afternoon game drive is options.  There is a swimming pool at Twee Rivieren for those who wish to cool off after a long drive.

Our bush chef will be preparing your first delicious meal and your evening is spent socializing around the fire and getting to know one another.

Day 2

Nossob

Today we all pack up and leave for Nossob Camp where we will stay for the next two nights.  On our way, we visit the Auchterlonie Museum with displays of the Park's history, stopping en route for lunch.  When we arrive at camp, our tents will be ready and waiting for us, with tea and coffee ready.  

After a delicious dinner, we will relax and chat around the fire.

Day 3

Nossob

After early morning coffee and rusks, and a light breakfast, you may either explore the camp environs or go further afield and do a game drive to enjoy what the park has to offer.  The waterhole at the campsite provides some entertaining moments for those who wish to remain around the camp.  Brunch will be served later in the morning.

Again, we spend the evening sharing our days adventures around the fire.

Day 4

Matope

After an early rise and breakfast, we cross the border into the Botswana section of the Park driving along the Bosobogolo Trail (aka Boso Trail) which will take us to Mabuasehube. 

The distance to our camp in Mabua is a long drive so we stopover at Matope Camp which is right in the middle of the wilderness and even more remote than any of the Mabuasehube campsites!  Unlike the Mabua sites, Matope doesn’t sit next to a pan but between Matope 1 and Matope 2 there is a small pan that sits about two kilometers from the site to the east.

The site does have a little shade and a cement outhouse but there is no water so this evening we make use of one of the Bhejane Showers.  The sunsets here are spectacular and after a lovely dinner we turn in with the barking gheko’s providing a wonderful chorus!

Day 5, 6 and 7

Mabuasehube

After breakfast we pack up and head for Mabuasehube and Khiding Camp, where we spend three nights on the edge of Mabua Pan where we will spend our days game viewing in an area known for lion, leopard, cheetah, honey badger and brown hyaena sightings.

Khiding the only site in all of Mabua with two toilets but there is no water at Khiding sites so our crew will provide water for use in the Mabua Shower Facilities.

Day 8

Home

After a lavish breakfast, we must sadly pack up and head for home.  We will all travel together on sandy cutlines to the little town of Tshabong where we will bid our travelling companions farewell.  From here, it is approximately 20km on a tarred road to the border post and a further 215km to Kuruman.

Answer

From start to finish approximately 1 200kms

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South Africa & Botswana

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Twee Rivieren

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4x4 with good ground clearance and low range
Standard Tyres
Fuel range of 600kms in sandy driving conditions
Petrol Vehicles: 150L inclusive of what is already in your on board tank
Diesel Vehicles: 130L inclusive of what is already in your on board tank
(ie: 100L tank will require an additional 50L)
Accessible recovery points attached to the chassis

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Preferably not

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Yes

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Twee Rivieren and Nossob only
Thereafter, bucket showers and pit toilets (Kaa Community and Mabua Camp)
Clients will need to bring 10L per person for the first night at Kaa, then we refill en route

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On the first three nights only

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None

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Not required for South African passport holders