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Spotting the black-maned Kalahari lions and other carnivores at Kgalagadi
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Enjoying the botanical and feathered wonders at Kirstenbosch Gardens
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Getting up-close to Cape Rock-jumper and African Penguins near Betty's Bay
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Spotting endemic birds and large mammals among wildflowers at West Coast N.P.
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Photographing the Quiver Trees and other succulents near Springbok

South Africa: The Cape and the Kalahari

Aug 25 - Sep 11, 2021

18 days | South Africa | Quest Nature Tours

Tour Leader Pete Read hosted a webinar about this tour and what he's most looking forward to. Click here to watch (30 min.)

We’ve re-vamped this itinerary to dramatically reduce our driving time and to better showcase the exceptional diversity of western South Africa. We explore ‘the Cape’ in the austral spring, when arid landscapes respond to spring rains by transforming into desert gardens. Indeed, the vegetation may provide an unexpected and magical embellishment to the wildlife experience.

We’ll begin in that mythical region of the Kalahari (Kgalagadi). Here we’ll enjoy the most ‘quintessential’ African experience as we encounter the wildlife we associate most with this continent. Among others, Cheetahs, Giraffe and Kalahari’s famous black-maned African Lions roam the semi-desert. We’ll then move south through stony country into the mythical Namaqualand where we may find a land cloaked in an unparalleled floral show. The uncanny habitats are accented by captivating succulents such as the tiny Lithops and the imposing Quiver Tree.

We’ll continue southward towards West Coast National Park, where vast areas should be awash in blossoms. We’ll watch for some of the many peculiar birds including the Black Harrier and Blue Crane and encounter signature mammals including the threatened Cape Mountain Zebra with its distinctive stripe pattern.

Finally, we descend firmly into the heart of the fynbos, the distinctive shrubland habitat containing the world’s highest concentration of endemic plants, many simply bizarre and astonishing such as the dazzling Proteas. The habitats and scenery are striking and form a fine backdrop for the area’s wonderful bird life. Among the distinctive ones, we’ll watch for the Cape Rockjumper and visit an African Penguin colony. Whales may breach offshore!

If you enjoy sweeping and eclectic landscapes and the chance to see peculiar and endemic wildlife, consider joining us on this fabulous tour. Tasting the Cape’s famous wines is optional!

A post-tour extension to Blyde River Canyon and Kruger National Park is available. Please enquire.
 
Justin penned a blog article about zebras, including the Cape Mountain Zebra that we should see on this tour.
 
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6720 (Incl. US$450 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 14 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, all meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$450 are included.

"That South Africa trip was exceptional!" - Rhoda & Remi
"As always, our trip was superb" - Ann & Alan

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive at Upington
2To the Kalahari (Kgalagadi)
3 - 4Northern Kalahari
5South Kalahari
6To Augrabies
7Augrabies National Park
8West to Springbok
9Goegap Reserve at Springbok
10Nieuwoudtville
11-12Clanwilliam
13West Coast National Park
14-15Hermanus
16-17Cape Town area
18Depart
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Pete Read travels the world on the lookout for amazing landscapes of the most remote kind. A well-known naturalist, Pete brings a special focus on wildlife and wild places to our tours.

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Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6720 (Incl. US$450 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 14 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, all meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$450 are included.

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