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Visiting the world-famous Kirstenbosch Gardens
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Watching bird life and large mammals among wildflowers at West Coast NP
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Walking among the Quiver Trees and other succulents near Springbok
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Getting up-close to Cape Rockjumper and African Penguins near Betty’s Bay
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Seeing the black-named Kalahari lions at Kgalagadi

South Africa: The Cape & Kalahari

Aug 18 - Sep 03, 2023

17 days | South Africa | Quest Nature Tours

REVAMPED ITINERARY!

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!
Quest Nature Tours Worldwide Explorers Club
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$7395  Includes all 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, taxes and gratuities; accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader.

"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)
3-4Explore the Kalahari
5 To Augrabies
6Augrabies N.P.
7West to Springbok
8Goegap Reserve at Springbok
9To Clanwilliam
10Nieuwoudtville
11To Langebaan
12West Coast N.P.
13To Hermanus
14Hermanus area
15-16Cape Town area
17Depart Cape Town
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Your Tour Leader

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 Worldwide Explorers Club
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$7395  Includes all 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, taxes and gratuities; accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader.

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