Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: Exploring the Highwayman's Adventure Route

2017-11-16 13:06 - In partnership with Bhejane 4x4 Adventures
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This experience along deep sand tracks through the vast expanse of the world's largest continuous sand mass - the Kalahari - should be on your adventure list for 2018.

  • When: 6 – 13 Feb 2018 
  • Where: Greater Kalahari Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • What: 7 night / 8 day adventure - tented accommodation
  • Cost: R11 650.00 per person / children under 10 @ 50%
  • Contact: Tel/Fax: 535 9033 or bookings@bhejane.com

The Highwayman's Adventure Route  

Bring your camera as you hit the Highwayman's Adventure Route and 'shoot' a lion. You'll be tracking these animals with Bushman trackers 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.

Towards the end of summer, presuming reasonable rains have fallen in the area, the Kgalagadi is noted for its large number of resident eagles, such as the Martial, Tawny, Black Breasted, Snake and Bateleur. These are joined in February and March by the migrant raptors, the Booted Eagle and Steppe Buzzard, and the rare Lesser Spotted Eagle. We hope to be there when the numbers of eagles will be at their highest. However, we must not forget all the other wildlife we expect to see in the harsh but magnificent Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

NB: Please note that this is a true adventure safari as we will be bush camping almost every night. However, the Bhejane crew will make it as comfortable as possible.

What your 8-day itinerary will look like:

Day 1: Twee Rivieren in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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 optional.  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 the first of the culinary delights you will enjoy on this safari. The evening is spent socializing around the fire and getting to know one another.

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Days 2 & 3: Nossob Camp

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.

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.

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Days 4 & 5:  Bushman guides, heavenly night skies and the solitude of wild camping

After an early rise and light breakfast, we head north, crossing the Nossob River into the Botswana section of the Tranfrontier Park, heading towards the Kaa gate.  It is a beautiful day's drive through some of the most amazing dune fields and we will stop for lunch en route.  Later in the afternoon we will leave through Kaa gate, entering the community concession areas.

We will spend the next two days travelling through one of the wildest and most remote places in Southern Africa.  The roads will consist of two-spoor tracks, cutlines, and bush driving through the red Kalahari sand and savannah.  The area is renowned for its low lying pans, where giant eland, springbok, gemsbok and the famous Kalahari lions come to quench their thirst.  We will be in an area where the game has free access to wilderness more than twice the size of the Kruger National Park.  Except for the rustic vehicle tracks, there is nothing else man-made and, without light pollution, the heavenly night skies and solitude will take your breath away.

During our two days here, we will be joined by a qualified community Bushman guide, who will share his knowledge, stories and history of the area and his people with us.

For these two nights we will be camping wild, alongside two of the magnificent salt pans, listening to the silence and sounds of the night time wilds.

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Days 6 & 7: Campsite on the edge of Mabua Pan

After an early rise and breakfast, we make our way to the little Botswana village of Hukuntsi in the northern part of the concession where we will replenish much needed water and fuel supplies.  We then head south again for Mabuasehube on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park where we spend two nights in the same campsite on the edge of Mabua Pan.  

Sunsets here are spectacular and the days are spent game viewing in an area known for lion, leopard, cheetah, honey badger and brown hyaena sightings.


(Photo:bhejane.com)

(Photo:bhejane.com)


Day 8: The final stretch to a fond farewell in Kuruman

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.

(Photo: bhejane.com)

The Team

Your tour leader will be an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times and impart a wealth of biological, cultural, historic and four-wheel drive knowledge.

Three meals a day will be prepared by our experienced bush chef in his mobile kitchen, with fresh salads, potjiekos, braais and many other surprises appearing on the menu. The good old “koffie pot” will be on the fire from six till late.

Our logistics crew will pitch and take down the camps at all the overnight stops we visit. Tents and tables are provided by Bhejane Adventures.

This is a true adventure trip with lots of sand and off road driving, but the Bhejane crew do have the “know how” and recovery equipment to assist with off-road problems.

Though our bush-camps will be interesting and rustic, you will at all times be safe, the crew will spare no effort to make you comfortable, provide you with good wholesome food and, most importantly, see that you have a good time.

The Bhejane team supplies:

·         All camp fees

·         All park entrance fees

·         All advertised activities

·         Bhejane Adventures provides all the tents, cutlery and crockery

·         Coffee & Tea – all day every day whilst in camp

What you need to bring:

·         Your vehicle & fuel

·         Your own mattresses and/or stretcher and sleeping bags and pillows

·         Your own fold-up chairs

·         Your own drinks and in-between snacks

·         Your own out of country / medical emergency and evacuation insurance cover

·         Your own border crossing fees and road taxes

What you need to know to secure this 4x4, wild camping adventure:  

When: 6 – 13 Feb 2018 

Where: Greater Kalahari Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

What: 7 night / 8 day adventure (tented accommodation)

Cost: R11 650.00 per person (children under 10 @ 50%)

Contact: Tel/Fax: 535 9033 or bookings@bhejane.com