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Kalahari Mabuasehube 4x4 Camping tour with The Safari Guys

Lions in the Sand
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Duration 9 nights / 10 days
Kilometres Approx 2700km
Tour Start Johannesburg
Tour Finish Johannesburg

Overview

Day Destination Country
1 Kuruman South Africa
2 Augrabies Falls National Park South Africa
3 Augrabies Falls National Park South Africa
4 Twee Rivieren Rest Camp South Africa
5 Bitterpan Rest Camp South Africa
6 Matopi Campsite Botswana
7 Mabuasehube Campsite Botswana
8 Mabuasehube Campsite Botswana
9 Martin's Drift Campsite Botswana
10 Johannesburg Botswana

Description

Visiting Africa’s first formally declared Transfrontier National Park will provide you with endless red dunes, camel thorn trees and scrub which is home to black-maned lions, herds of gemsbok and vantage points to view many of the raptors. The dry riverbeds and sparse vegetation afford you many opportunities to see antelope and predators and for the birding enthusiast this is home to the Sociable Weaver and Pygmy Falcon.


Starting in Johannesburg we first visit the small town of Kuruman. This was the base used by David Livingstone before he "discovered" the Victoria Falls. In the Augrabies National Park, we enjoy a sundowner whilst listening to the rumble of the Gariep River cascading down the 80m waterfall into the gorge below. Entering the Kgalagadi at Twee Rivieren we overnight there and re-stock for the next few days.

We then move northward towards Nossob Camp. The waterholes on route provide good photographic opportunities of not only the game and birds but also the stark landscapes and wiry flora. On arrival at nossob we replenish for the next 4 days as we will be at remote camp sites. The rugged road eastwards to Bitterpan and Mabuasehube is a test of the 4X4. Taking the remote roads, which are one vehicle wide, require the roads to be one way and are strictly 4X4 access only. Soft dunes and long grass are but just the start of the challenge, but the scenery and the remoteness of the areas make it worthwhile.

Lion cub

Augrabies Waterfall in flood
The western regions of the National Park have many waterholes and hence offer bigger game viewing, however the eastern part of the National Park has more unspoilt rugged scenery with open landscapes and shrubby bushveld. Moving towards Mabuasehube you encounter the 3 pans of the area, these along with white and red dunes offer very different scenery.  There are wilderness trails in and around Mabuasehube offering extreme 4X4 activities. Departing Mabuasehube we continue to move eastwards into Botswana; overnight at Martins Drift before returning to South Africa and home.

 

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