KALAHARI TRAILS NATURE RESERVE
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KALAHARI TRAILS NATURE RESERVE WITH GUEST HOUSE, CAMPING AND TENTED ACCOMMODATION ALONG WITH TOURS AND ACTIVITIES IN UPINGTON, NORTHERN CAPE
Kalahari Trails is situated just 35km south of the main entrance gate to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park at Twee Rivieren, in the heart of the red Kalahari dune fields. Here we offer visitors an unique chance to wander on foot through this awe-inspiring landscape where the sky and the rolling sand dunes give the impression of limitless space and the bowl of the heavens stretches from horizon to horizon.
At Kalahari Trails, visitors can experience a Kalahari that they would not see from a car. Although all local game species are present here, as well as nearly 200 species of birds. it is the small creatures that make this desert so unique. Join us on our guided walks and drives and come to learn about and appreciate the amazing biodiversity of this region. Read "Last night's newspaper" from the tracks left in the sand on our early morning guided walk, an eye-opener not to be missed. Kalahari Trails offers naturalists, photographers, birders, botanists, astronomers and those who are just interested in Nature an experience they will not soon forget.
GUEST HOUSE, CAMPING AND TENTED ACCOMMODATION IN UPINGTON, NORTHERN CAPE
Kalahari Trails offers a wide range of accommodation at reasonable prices. The main guesthouse commands impressive views of the Nossob riverbed and the dune fields stretching to the horizon. It has a large verandah (stoep) where guests can sit in comfort and visitors are welcome to use the barbecue (braai) facilities.
To eat your meal on the stoep in the quiet of the desert night under the stars is an unforgettable experience. For bird-watchers, there is a small waterhole in front of the house where flocks of desert birds come to drink every day. We also have a small botanical garden with typical plants found on the Reserve. For those chilly winter evenings there is a large, comfortable living room with a fireplace as well as a small dining area to seat twelve people. Kalahari Trails is set up for self-catering, but groups can be catered for if we are given notice of this at least ten days in advance.
There is a large communal kitchen which is fully equipped with everything necessary to keep and prepare your food (refrigerators, freezers, gas cookers, microwave oven, toaster, all cooking utensils, dishes, cutlery, glasses etc.). We also have a small shop selling basic foods, snacks, a wide array of soft drinks and beers meat and wood for barbecue (braai) fires.
We recommend that guests bring their fresh food (especially meat, fruit, vegetables, bread etc.) with them because this is difficult to obtain in the desert. Upington has several supermarkets with a wide choice of available foodstuffs.
- Main Guesthouse
Two large rooms with a double bed and one single bed in each with their own bathroom and toilet at:
Double - R 500 per room a night
Single - R 300 per night
Two twin bed rooms with two bathrooms accross the corridor at:
Double - R 400 per room a night
Single - R 250 per night
Room with three single beds sharing a bath and toilet at R 450 per night
- Private Chalet
Situated 2km from the main guesthouse with 4 single beds in two separate rooms, fully equipped kitchen, shower and toilet, stoep overlooking a birdbath and waterhole, braai facilities at R 1000 per night.
- Camping Area
Duneside campsite with private covered camping sites, ablution block, kitchen area and lapa with fireplace at R 80 per person a night (Children under 10 free)
- Tented Chalets
For those guests who want to experience the Kalahari Pure, 6km from the main guesthouse we have 4 tented chalets in the heart of the Reserve overlooking a waterhole. Every tent has 2 beds (bedding and towels included), a furnished stoep and its own braai facilities. Each pair of tents shares ablutions facilities (shower, toilet, washbasin) and small kitchen area. Surrounded by the Reserves wildlife, this is an opportunity to spend the night under the stars and listen to the desert's silence, at:
Double - R 500 per tent a night
Single - R 300 per night
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES - EXPLORE THE WONDERFUL KALAHARI!
All guests can walk freely through the Nature Reserve. We provide a map with clearly marked roads and landmarks for orientation. Before leaving, guests are asked to inform the management as to the direction in which they are going and approximate time of return. We strongly advise visitors to take good sun blocker, hat and at least one litre of water with them.
- Guided Walks (Tours with an expert biologist or tracker)
On these tours (2-3 hours) you are accompanied by an expert biologist who will tell you about the geology, animals and plants of the Kalahari dunes and interpret for you the tracks that have been active during the night. The tour begins approximately 1 hour after sunrise. This is an experience not to be missed - an introduction to the dune life from the insects to the large mammals, including the tracks of many that are rarely seen because they are not active during the daytime. This popular tour will open the visitor`s eyes to the amazing variety of creatures that call the seemingly "barren" dunes their home.
Recommended: Sun blocker, hat, water, camera
Cost: R 100 per person (minimum 2 persons)
- Explorer night walks
Kalahari Trails is the only place in the Kalahari desert where you can take a walk at night with an expert biologist who will tell you about the night-active animals, what they are and their amazing adaptations to life in this arid climate. At night, the Kalahari comes alive! These tours are only offered during the warmer months (October - April), when the small creatures are active.
Tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
Recommended: Torch (can be provided), 1 liter of water and during the cooler months, a sweater.
Cost: R 120 per person (minimum 2 persons)
- Daytime Dune game drive with Tracking walks
Come game spotting over our adventurous dune roads with a zoologist and try to spot as many of the bird and mammal species present on the Reserve as you can! Learn about the lives of the of the different species that you see. Track the game on foot across the dunes at any point along the route or stop anywhere to take a closer look at things of interest. This is the way to really get to know the Kalahari Duineveldt. The tour lasts 2-3 hours, depending on how many stops are made.
Recommended: Sun blocker, hat, at least 1 liter of water, binoculars, camera
Cost: R 150 per person (minimum 2 persons)
- Spotlighted Night Drives
This tour begins shortly after sundown and visitors are driven through the reserve to see the rarely sighted nocturnal animals and are provided with hand-held spotlights to look at them clearly. It lasts approximately 2 hours and is only offered from October 1st to May 1st. A windbreaker or jacket should be taken along as well as good binoculars.
From October to May only.
Recommended: Warm clothing, binoculars, 1 liter water.
Cost: R 150 per person (minimum 2 persons)
Visitors leave the guesthouse about 1.5 hours before sunset and guests can choose their drinks beforehand, which will be packed in a cool box for the drive. After a game drive through the Reserve, we stop on a high dune where, while enjoying their drinks, guests can watch the glorious sunset. The silence is only broken by the calls of the barking geckos and the evening songs of the dune birds. Once darkness has fallen, the tour continues with a spotlighted night drive home to see the nocturnal animals. This trip is "Kalahari Pure" and should not be missed! The entire tour lasts approximately 3 hours.
Recommended: Warm clothing, binoculars, camera
Cost: R 200 per person (minimum 2 persons) Drinks not included
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