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Kgalagadi Radical Raptor Safari



Prepare yourself for a very special and unique birding experience. This route will take us 1200km north of Cape Town to the semi desert/desert/savannah area of the Northern Cape. The red dunes with their sparse grass cover and acacia thorn trees makes this a unique desert region. The Kgalagadi boasts some of the finest raptor populations in the world. Summers are extremely hot and winter nights can go as low as -10 degrees celcius. So come prepared.

 

 

 

Day 1 Cape Town - Gifberg

We will leave Cape Town early and travel north up the N7,onwards through the wheat fields and orange orchards to Gifberg near Van Rynsdorp, a welcome stopover that will enchant you.

  • Accommodation - Lodge
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 300 km
  • Duration – 3,5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar
  • Specials along the way - Western Clapper Lark, Cape Longclaw, Jackal Buzzard

Day 2 Gifberg - Augrabies

Be prepared for a long haul. Today we head for the Augrabies National Park that lies astride the mighty Orange river. Our arrivals in the late afternoon, giving you time to view the spectacular Augrabies Falls, where the Orange River crashes through a narrow gorge and down a 56mdrop.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow or safari tent
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 500 km
  • Duration – 7 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar
  • Specials along the way - Sociable Weaver, Pygmy Falcon, Familiar Chat

Day 3 Augrabies to Twee Rivieren

At dawn we will enjoy a game drive, where after we tackle the rest of the road via Upington to the Kalahari National Park, arriving in the late afternoon, in time for a refreshing swim and sundowners at Twee Rivieren Rest camp. Night drives are highly recommended (optional extra provided by the Park) and need to be pre-booked, so advise if you wish to go on one.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow or safari tent
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 480 km
  • Duration – 8 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar
  • Specials along the way - Pale Wing Starling, Acacia Pied Barbet, Orange River White-Eye

Day 4 and 5 Twee Rivieren - Mata Mata

We will spend a further night at Twee Rivieren  before heading off to Mata-Mata. On the way we are almost guaranteed to see giraffe amongst a host of other desert animals and birds.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow or safari tent
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 120 km
  • Duration – 8 hrs
  • Conditions – Gravel
  • Specials along the way - Crimson Breasted Shrike, Bateleur Eagle, Lappet Faced Vulture

Day 6 Mata Mata - Nossob

We will spend two nights at this rustic rest campon the Namibia border. The camp boasts a good hide overlooking the waterhole.Flocks of sand grouse and doves frequent it regularly. From here we will do regular game drives.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow or safari tent
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 185 km
  • Duration – 8 hrs
  • Conditions – Gravel
  • Specials along the way - Martial Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Violet Eared Waxbill

Day 7 and 8 Nossob

We have now crossed over to Nossob, arguably the crown jewel of the park and also the gateway to the Botswana side of the park. Birding at waterholes such as Kubitje Quap are absolutely out of the top draw. This camp also has a great hide overlooking a waterhole and great game drives possibilities both north and south.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow or safari tent
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 200 km
  • Duration – 8 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar
  • Specials along the way - Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Spike-Heeled Lark, Verreaux's Eagle-Owl

Day 9 Nossob - Twee Rivieren

Now it is time to head back to Twee Rivieren and our last night in the park before the heading south.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow or safari ten
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 182 km
  • Duration – 8 hrs
  • Conditions – Gravel
  • Specials along the way - Marico Flycatcher, Red Billed Quelea, Burchell's Sandgrouse

Day 10 and 11 Twee Rivieren - Mokala National Park

We will get an early start on the sun and head south as far as Upington  before heading west towards Kimberley and the newest jewel in the SAN parks crown, Mokala National Park. Here we will not only kind many rare species of antelope but also many savannah birds. We will take a day's break to explore this pristine wilderness taking advantage of their pool and restaurant.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow or safari tent
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 621 km
  • Duration – 8 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar
  • Specials along the way - Tawny Eagle, Greater Striped Swallow, Scaley Feathered Finch

Day 12 and 13 Mokala National Park

Today we head for the Karoo National Park.   We should reach the park by late afternoon and be in time to do a game drive before dinner.  We will be up early the following morning which will be the last day of the safari. After breakfast we can do a short game drive before heading back to Cape Town.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow or safari tent
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 492 km
  • Duration – 6 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar
  • Specials along the way - African Grey Hornbill, Short Toed Rock Thrush, Cinnamon Breasted Bunting

Day 14 and 15 Karoo National Park - Cape Town

Today we head for the Karoo National Park.   We should reach the park by late afternoon and be in time to do a game drive before dinner.  We will be up early the following morning which will be the last day of the safari. After breakfast we can do a short game drive before heading back to Cape Town.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow or safari tent
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 462 km
  • Duration – 6 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar
  • Specials along the way - Dusky Sunbird, Red Headed Finch, Pale Chanting Goshawk

Cost - 15 day MEGA Tour : €3,075/ $4,152/ £2,188 per person sharing (minimum 2 guests/maximum of 8 guests)

        -  10 day LITE Tour : €1,950/ $2,630/ £1,390 per person sharing (minimum 2 guests/maximum of 8 guests)

Crimson-breasted Shrike  Laniarius atrococcineus 

 



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Kgalagadi Transfontier Birding Safari

The home of the red dunes and the raptor capital of Southern Africa.


African Grey Hornbill  (Tockus nasutus)
Common Ostrich  (Struthio camelus)
Crimson-breasted Shrike  (Laniarius atrococcineus)
Gabar Goshawk  (Micronisus gabar)
Laughing Dove  (Spilopelia senegalensis)
Marico Flycatcher  (Bradornis mariquensis)
Scaly-feathered Weaver (Sporopipes squamifrons)
Western Barn Owl  (Tyto alba)
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver  (Plocepasser mahali)
Bateleur Eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus)
Burchell's Sandgrouse  (Pterocles burchelli)
Cape Sparrow  (Passer melanurus) and Southern Grey-headed Sparrow  (Passer diffusus)
Cape Starling  (Lamprotornis nitens)
Karoo Scrub Robin  (Erythropygia coryphaeus)
Lilac-breasted Roller  (Coracias caudatus)
Acacia Pied Barbet  (Tricholaema leucomelas)
Black-chested Prinia  (Prinia flavicans)
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater  (Merops hirundineus)
Purple Roller  (Coracias naevius)
Red-billed Quelea  (Quelea quelea)
Sociable Weaver  (Philetairus socius)
Brubru  (Nilaus afer)
Pale Chanting Goshawk  (Melierax canorus)
Black-winged Kite  (Elanus caeruleus)
Black-faced Waxbill  (Estrilda erythronotos)
Pale-winged Starling  (Onychognathus nabouroup)
Kalahari Scrub Robin  (Erythropygia paena)
Kori Bustard  (Ardeotis kori)
Red-necked Falcon  (Falco chicquera)
Red-faced Mousebird  (Urocolius indicus)