Archive: July 2019: Southern Africa with Simon King
This eight night desert-orientated Exceptional Journey with Simon King takes you to the extremely remote and little-visited Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on the southern corner of Botswana, characterised by its red sand dunes and the arid Nossob River valley. From the Kgalagadi fly by private charter to South Africa and onto Tswalu, the largest private game reserve in country.
In the Nossob River valley the open acacia savannas and grassy plains make the region an excellent hunting ground for predators, which include the black maned Kalahari lion, leopard, cheetah, brown and spotted hyena, jackal and wildcat. Tswalu offers more unusual species of wildlife and Meerkat viewing is unparalleled as the reserve has two colonies of meerkats, that have grown to trust people and allow close approach and observation. Tswalu is also probably the best place on earth to view aardvark and pangolin.
Simon King OBE is an acclaimed naturalist, author and broadcaster, not to mention expert cameraman, receiving an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2011. With many years’ experience of leading guided tours the world over, Simon is an exceptionally charming and knowledgeable safari host. Providing a unique wildlife experience, his inimitable enthusiasm for all fauna, from the most magnificent of mammals to the tiniest of creatures underfoot, is infectious, while his friendly, yet professional nature engages with guests in a manner allowing a rare and in depth understanding of the surrounding environment.
Ta’Shebube Rooiputs Lodge 7th July – 11th July
This charming lodge is located in a private concession within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on the Botswanan side. Perched along the Nossob River Valley, the lodge offers extensive panoramic views of savannah, rolling red Kgalagadi sand dunes and grassy plains as well as an active waterhole. Constructed of canvas, wood and thatch, and built on an elevated wooden deck, the main lodge is comfortable and uncomplicated, with a lounge, bar and dining room. Settle comfortably in expansive open spaces, keeping an eye out for the animals which wander through the area, and admiring the stunning stretches of landscape.
Tswalu Tarkuni Lodge 11th July – 15th July
Against the dramatic backdrop of the Korannaberg Mountains, Tswalu Tarkuni is an isolated oasis which lies baking beneath the Kalahari sun. Overlooking the stretches of arid savannah grasslands, the exclusive-use property is scenically beautiful, and ideal for families or small groups. Tarkuni is the Oppenheimer family’s personal home in Tswalu.
7th July 2019
On arrival into Johannesburg airport you will be assisted with your onward flight to Upington. From Upington you will drive north to the border with Botswana and continue to Rooiputs Lodge.
DAYS TWO – FOUR
8th – 10th July 2019
Enjoy morning, afternoon and night game drives through the Kgalagadi with Simon King as your private guide.
11th July 2019
You will be driven back across the border with South Africa where a private charter flight will fly you to Tswalu, taking in some spectacular birdseye views along the way. Vehicles will be waiting at the landing strip to drive you to Tarkuni Lodge, your luxury home for the next four nights.
DAYS SIX – EIGHT
12th – 14th July 2019
In the hands of Simon King and your own private vehicles, you will drive through the Kalahari biosphere seeking out rare desert-adapted black rhino, meerkat colonies, pangolin and aardvark. Those keen to learn more about wildlife conservation as well as how to capture wildlife and landscapes on camera, could not be in better hands.
15th July 2019
After a late breakfast you will be transferred back to Tswalu airstrip where you will depart on the onward scheduled flight to Johannesburg. Those extending their stay in Africa will be looked after by our bespoke travel team. Others connecting back to London will have the option to spend some time at the Intercontinental Hotel to rest between flights.
From £9,815 per person sharing. Please get in touch for further details.