ABOUT THE KALAHARI TRIP
This will be a 5 night/6day adventure into the what is locally known as the “Green Kalahari”- the area North of Upington. Come and shoot your routes into the Red Kalahari sand
Kalahari, South Africa
23 - 27 September 2020
R8 200 per person
Red Dunes Kalahari Tour
The people form the Kalahari warns the one should not sit on one of the Red Kalahari dunes for too long if one does not intend to stay in the Kalahari. When you do sit and watch one of the infamous Kalahari sunsets in the dunes, unbeknown to you, you will shoot your roots into the dunes… and 6 or 8 months later an inexplicable longing will take over your live… that is the Kalahari calling you back to your routes!
This is a comfortable family orientated tour over the long weekend in September where you and your family will have the pleasure of seeing some of the more remote parts of the Kalahari with a guided group. One of the major benefits of the trip is that we will be making use of existing accommodation, and no camping equipment is needed. The tour will take you to stunning off the beaten track locations and hone your sand driving skills. Do not worry, no previous experience in sand is require. You will be in the capable hands of a Ford Adventure Club guide accompanied by a medic.
- All Meals
- Guide for the trip
- 2 Way Vehicle Radios
- Guesthouse/Lodge accommodation
- Medic on the trip
- Your vehicle and fuel cost
- Drinks and snacks
- Children under 10, are free!
Day 1 (23 September) - We will meet in the afternoon about 100km north of Upington at a place called Goera Pan. This will be the location for our first night. The lodge is situated on the edge of this magnificent salt pan with some stunning dunes in the surrounds. We will spend the afternoon to settle in and get to meet the group.
Day 2 (24 September) – After breakfast we will enjoy some of the 4x4 routes at Goera Pan to get a feeling for sand driving and our vehicles. There are various routes with various grades of difficulties for us to enjoy. There after we will head to Askham to fill up and have some coffee. From there we will head to Loch Maree Field camp where we will spend the night. When we arrive there in the afternoon, we will have a go at their “challenge dune”.
Day 3 (25 September) – Breakfast and Zoutpansput 4x4. Then we will drive the scenic route to Rietfontein via Oxford pan to fill up and then book in at Kalahari Info B&B and tented camp. Have a sundowner on a dune and drink in the Kalahari (careful not to shoot routes).
Day 4 (26 September) – After Breakfast head to Kampspanne. The route takes us close to the Namibian border and then turns east against the park border in the Mier community area. We will cross numerous dunes in our drive during the day and by this time everyone should have the hang of sand. We will spend the night at Kampspanne, a remote and unique location.
Day 5 (27 September) – After breakfast we will head to the park and do a day visit into the park exploring some of the magnificent wildlife this park offers. The Kalahari is known for their Black Mane Lions, and hopefully we can spot them! Then in the afternoon head to Kalagadi Lodge.
Day 6 (28 September) – Depart from the park Kalagadi Lodge homewards after an magnificent time in the Kalahari!
What do you need for the trip?
A Ford Ranger/Everest or Raptor 4x4 (no, unfortunately our roads are not accessible with 4x2). You do not need any specific off-road experience, but if you have completed our Level 1 or 2 courses it will be VERY beneficial. Our tour leaders will have all the necessary recovery gear with them. You will also need the following:
- A driver’s licence and licenced vehicle
- Fill up with fuel in Upington before you depart
- A grass seed net to cover your radiator (available from most outdoor stores)
- Drinking water (there are water at all our destinations, but not suitable for drinking due to the high salt content)
Don’t let the distances fool you, the total trip will be +/-400 Km. But the sand driving will be slow and we will take our time, and that’s the only way to experience Africa, take your time! The Swiss might have invented the watch, but Africa owns the time!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- Your vehicle
- Some snacks & drinks for during the day to nibble on
- Drinking water
- Seed net
- Flash lights