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  • Xaus Lodge
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • Goegap Nature Reserve
  • Namaqua Wild Flowers
  • Goegap nature reserve
  • Namaqualand Nature Reserve
  • Namaqualand Nature Reserve

The Namaqualand flowers of South Africa occur only once a year just before spring and after a good winter rainfall period in the Northern Cape of South Africa. The Namaqualand comes alive with a mesmerizing display of wildflowers during the spring months, turning the once arid South African landscape into a vivid canvas of colors. This extraordinary phenomenon features a dazzling array of native flowers, including daisies, lilies, and numerous other species, creating a floral paradise that is truly a photographer’s dream.

Included:

  • Professional Guide
  • Comfortable safari vehicle
  • Accommodation as per Itinerary
  • Meals as per Itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • 12 Nights Accommodated (4-5 Star)
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Activities as per Itinerary

Excluded:

  • Restaurant Meals as indicated
  • Visa’s, Airport Transfers, Curios and Tips
  • Optional Excursions and Activities not in itinerary
  • Beverages

Highlights:

Day 1: Upington (Upington Inn or similar) (B)

Upon your arrival at Upington International Airport, a warm welcome awaits as you are met by your friendly English-speaking guide. This marks the beginning of your exciting 13 Day Namaqualand Flower Safari. The evening is yours to savor, with dinner options available either at the comfortable Upington Inn or at the charming “Kerkmuis” and Orange River Wine Cellars Restaurant.

Day 2: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Xaus Lodge) (B, L, D) (322km)

After a hearty breakfast, embark on a mid-morning journey northward from Upington, headed for the remarkable Xaus Lodge nestled within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This expansive wilderness spans the border between South Africa and Botswana, renowned for its breathtaking red sand dunes, arid landscapes, and diverse wildlife. Among its inhabitants are iconic creatures such as lions, cheetahs, and meerkats.

At 14:30, rendezvous with your Xaus Lodge guide at the Kamqua Picnic site. From there, you’ll venture westward in a rugged 4×4 vehicle, traversing the mesmerizing red sand dune sea for a thrilling two-hour drive. By 5 pm, you’ll arrive at Xaus Lodge. After dinner, set out on an exhilarating night safari aboard an open game viewer, where you’ll have the chance to spot the intriguing nocturnal animals of the Kalahari Desert.

Day 3: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Xaus Lodge) (B, L, D)

Today, fully immerse yourself in the captivating activities offered by Xaus Lodge in the Kalahari. Although not a Big 5 area, the Kalahari is home to unique desert-adapted wildlife, including the graceful oryx, the sturdy blue wildebeest, and the elusive lions, which are a rare but thrilling sight. Delve into the world of smaller wildlife, especially the charming “Meerkat” and their fascinating social behaviors.

During the heat of midday, indulge in a refreshing siesta before embarking on another exciting late evening activity. As the sun sets, relish a dinner under the breathtaking desert night sky, a celestial display like no other.

Day 4: Augrabies Falls (Khamkirri) (B, L, D) (203km) (430km)

Begin the day with an early morning nature walk, a delightful opportunity to get up close to the morning activities of Kalahari wildlife. Your knowledgeable guide will share insights into the tracks of beetles, gerbils, and the local vegetation used by the indigenous bushmen.

After breakfast, embark on a 4×4 journey that will take you back to the south, retracing your path toward Upington. Along the way, you’ll travel alongside the Orange River, ultimately arriving at your lodge by mid-afternoon. Here, you’ll enjoy a picturesque sunset cocktail on the deck overlooking the magnificent Augrabies Falls. These falls are a stunning natural wonder where the Orange River plunges dramatically into a deep gorge, creating a breathtaking spectacle amidst the arid desert landscapes.

Day 5: Augrabies Falls to Fish River Canyon (Canon Lodge or similar) (B, L, D) (370km)

Today marks your departure from South Africa, as you cross the border into Namibia. Be sure to have your passports and re-entry visas ready, as you’ll spend some time at the border crossing. The route takes you through Karasburg to the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon.

In the mid-afternoon, you’ll reach your camp, conveniently located near the entrance to the Fish River Canyon. After settling in, you’ll embark on a short journey to the edge of the canyon. Here, bask in the warm afternoon sun and marvel at the grandeur of the world’s second-largest canyon. This geological wonder, formed over 500 million years ago through water erosion and geological movements, stretches 160 kilometers in length, 27 kilometers in width, and features a staggering 500-meter vertical drop, providing a truly awe-inspiring view.

Day 6: Fish River Canyon (Canon Lodge or similar) (B, L, D)

Spend your morning exploring the canyon’s edge, both by car and on foot. Take in the breathtaking views offered by the Fish River Canyon and delve into its geological history, spanning millions of years. Additionally, learn about the recent history, including the presence of Bushmen and the German occupation before World War I.

During the midday heat, indulge in a well-deserved siesta before participating in a sunset open vehicle drive on the lodge property, further deepening your appreciation of this magnificent natural wonder.

Day 7: Fish River Canyon – Springbok (Agama Tented Camp or similar) (B, L, D) (372km)

This morning, you’ll journey south to the border, re-entering South Africa (remember your re-entry Visas). Along the way, make a stop at Goegap Nature Reserve, where you’ll catch your first glimpse of the Namaqua Flower season. Goegap Nature Reserve is a pristine and diverse natural sanctuary located in the Northern Cape of South Africa, renowned for its stunning desert landscapes, unique succulent plant species, and rich biodiversity.

In the late afternoon, arrive at Agama Tented Camp in time for sundowners and a delectable dinner.

Day 8: Springbok (Agama Tented Camp or similar) (B, L, D) (140km)

During the flower season, the ideal temperature must surpass 18°C for the flowers to fully bloom, creating a mesmerizing carpet of vibrant colors, ranging from bright orange to yellow and purple.

The wildflowers of Namaqualand Nature Reserve are a breathtaking spectacle, transforming this arid South African landscape into a vibrant tapestry of colors during the spring months. This natural wonder showcases a stunning array of indigenous blooms, including daisies, lilies, and more, making it a floral paradise and a dream come true for photographers.

In the late afternoon, return to Agama Tented Camp for a relaxed evening and a traditional-style dinner.

Day 9: Springbok – Kagga Kamma (B, L, D) (515km)

Today’s route continues south, taking you through the charming town of Vanrynsdorp. Here, make a brief stop at a popular café, where you can sample locally made jams, fudge, pies, or savor a fresh coffee. Continue your journey to the citrus farming town and the Rooibos capital of South Africa – Clanwilliam. Here, you’ll make a quick stop at the “House of Rooibos” and enjoy lunch at a local café. Your adventure continues through Citrusdal and over a mountain pass, ultimately leading you to Kagga Kamma.

Kagga Kamma is a distinctive and remote nature reserve located in South Africa, celebrated for its otherworldly rock formations, ancient San Bushman rock art, and stargazing opportunities. It offers a surreal desert landscape and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural and natural heritage of the region.

Day 10: Kagga Kamma – Cape Town (La Spendida or similar) (B, L) (240km)

Start your day with a leisurely morning, where breakfast is served at Kagga Kamma. Later in the morning, enjoy an open vehicle drive to explore the Bushman rock art of Kagga Kamma. These captivating rock paintings and engravings, created by San Bushman communities, offer a window into the region’s rich cultural and historical heritage. They depict hunting scenes, rituals, and daily life, serving as a valuable testament to the artistic and spiritual traditions of the indigenous people who once thrived in this remote South African landscape.

In the midday, set out for Cape Town, arriving late afternoon at your hotel, which boasts stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and a glimpse of Robben Island. For dinner, you have the option to dine at the hotel or explore one of the restaurants within walking distance.

Day 11: Cape Peninsula (La Splendida or similar) (B)

Embark on a full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula, departing from your hotel at 9 am. Your journey takes you through Sea Point and Camps Bay before reaching Hout Bay, where you’ll make a brief stop at the harbor. Continue your adventure over Chapmans Peak, passing through Noordhoek, Kommetjie, and Scarborough. Mid-morning, arrive at the entrance to Cape Point.

Here, you have the choice to either take a scenic walk up to Cape Point or opt for a ride on the Vanicular, the choice is yours and is at your own expense. Enjoy lunch at the Cape Point restaurant before heading to Boulders Beach in Simonstown. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the charming and beloved African penguins, who inhabit this protected area. These endearing birds, also known as Jackass penguins due to their distinctive braying call, can be found waddling along the beaches and rocks, offering a delightful and accessible opportunity for visitors to observe and appreciate these playful creatures in their natural habitat.

In the late afternoon, return to your hotel, where the evening is yours to enjoy. You have the option to dine at a restaurant of your choice.

Day 12: Cape Town: (La Splendida Hotel or similar) (B)

Today is your day to savor the beauty of Cape Town at your own pace. You are free to choose from a variety of activities that best suit your interests. Whether it’s a hike or a cable car ride up Table Mountain, a scenic wine route tour, or a trip to Hermanus to catch a glimpse of the majestic whales, the choice is yours.

Day 13: Departure (B)

Your journey concludes with an included airport transfer, where we bid you farewell as you embark on your journey back home.

*Sandy Tracks reserves the right to amend the published accommodation in the itinerary at any time due to availability at the time of booking