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On this South African holiday you will visit 4 of Africa’s deserts, the second largest canyon in the world and spend three days rafting the mighty River Orange. Not only that, but you also get to go on safari as well! After 12 days on this adventure, we can guarantee that Africa will be well and truly under your skin.
Your twelve day adventure begins in Cape Town where you will leave the coast and city life and head inland towards the vast deserts of Africa. Passing through the beautiful mountain town of Ceres, home to many of South Africa’s fruit producers, you will then leave the lush valley behind you and enter the semi desert of the Ceres-Karoo. Driving through this flat, rocky landscape covered with scrubby bush, you will start to get a feel for how vast South Africa is! You will finally reach Brandvlei, a quiet oasis town which will be your home for the night.
On the next day, you will drive deeper into the hinterland before reaching the magnificent Orange river – the longest in South Africa. After enjoying a delicious picnic lunch taking in the views, you will head to Augrabue Falls. The waterfall is 60 metres high and an awe-inspiring sight. The sound of the water cascading into the gorge below is almost hypnotic. Legend has it that there is a never ending supply of diamonds at the foot of the waterfall, if you squint your eyes you might see them glisten..
Onwards on the following day to the hottest town in South Africa, Upington. Here, you will stock up on supplies before continuing to Kaglagadi National Park. Enjoy watching an outstanding sunset above the rusty coloured sand and rocky shrubs of the Kalahari desert, before settling down to camp for the night. Take in the beautiful night sky and the sounds of the desert from your tent and prepare yourself for some serious wildlife spotting in the morning.
The park is home to huge herds of wildebeest, elands and springboks which make appetising prey for the predatory hyenas, lions and leopards also resident here. After 2 game drives, you will hopefully have seen many of these, but no fear if you have missed some, as you will transfer to another part of the park for more chances to see wild animals including giraffes and meercats.
Leaving the game spotting behind, you will set off for your third desert; the Namib. Your home for the night will be at a campsite right near to the Fish River Canyon. The second largest canyon in the world is quite a sight to behold and as you drink your sundowner here, we guarantee you will be lost for words.
Your rafting trip starts the next day as you begin your exploration of the 4th desert, the Richtersveld desert reserve. Your luggage will be taken care of, so all you need to do is paddle and explore the lush riverbanks with the rugged mountains as a backdrop.
Whilst you will be sad to leave the tranquillity of the river behind you, after 2 nights of camping wild on the banks of the river, you will be glad to have a shower! Chill out in a hammock at the rafting base camp before starting your journey back to the real world the next day.
You will return to Cape Town via the relaxed town of Elands Bay on the West Coast. Your final night will be spent here, where you will enjoy a delicious fresh seafood meal and a stroll along the endless beach before your trip of a lifetime comes to an end.
South Africa is a vast country and the distances involved in this journey are large, so you will be spending a fair amount of time in the car. Transport is in the form of a Land Rover, so sit back and enjoy the sights of the desert from the comfort of your vehicle. This is an adventure holiday, a chance to get well and truly off the beaten track, it is not about luxury. Your accommodation will be in a mixture of hotels and tents, so whilst you will have a roof (or canvas) above your head, it is basic camping, embrace it and enjoy the night sky and campfires, but don’t bring your hairdryer!! Your three days rafting trip is obviously on the water, whilst you don’t need to be able to swim, as life jackets are provided, it does help if you are confident in the water.
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