On my last odyssey, I ventured out to explore this region, where the desert landscape becomes the setting for an exciting safari. Let me take your imagination through this story, in which I will share my experiences and emotions of an unforgettable trip.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: The Living Desert
My journey began in the spectacular Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, a place that transcends borders and stretches between Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Despite its desolate appearance, the landscape is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife. In the blink of an eye, I spottedspringbok, gemsbok, wildbeest, jackals, ostriches and owls resting under the African sky. To experience seeing these animals in their natural environment is something I will never forget.
Riemvasmark: The Wonders of the Canyon
My next stop on my trip through South Africa took me to Riemvasmark, a place that left me speechless at the majesty of its canyons and their impressive dimensions. The canyon lends itself to a moderate hike, followed by a refreshing swim in its natural hot springs. The bathing area offers naturally warm water. Here, nature comes alive in a way that defies expectations.
Augrabies National Park: A Dream Safari and Breathtaking Waterfalls
Augrabies National Park was another highlight of my trip. Here, I was able to embark on an exciting safari trip and marvel at the spectacular Augrabies Falls. The catwalks and helicopter rides added a touch of excitement to the experience. Although the falls may flow with less water at certain times of the year, I was lucky enough to see them in all their splendor.
One of the most memorable experiences of my trip was an animal track on foot, guided by a Bushman from the Khomami San tribe. We learned to identify the presence of animals through footprints and tracks, and at the end, we were invited to share a bread roll with traditional cheese and a homemade ginger beer, prepared by our hosts. In a nearby meerkat sanctuary area, I had the opportunity to get moderately close to these adorable creatures. In addition, I found a tame meerkat that shared its time with the sanctuary workers. The small animal ventured into the clothing of visitors in the cool African mornings.
Wine and Culinary Delights Tasting
The Upington region is home to beautiful vineyards, and I had the opportunity to visit wineries and enjoy tastings of local wines, brandies and gins. I also indulged in a relaxing massage and spa treatment before indulging in a private paired dinner at the African Vineyard Hotel Boutique&Spa. The chef guided us through a culinary experience that awakened all my senses.
As we prepare to conclude this fascinating tour of this region of South Africa, let me offer some essential suggestions to enrich your travel experience. Join me on this last part of the trip, where I will guide you through practical tips and pearls of local wisdom, so you can fully immerse yourself in the magic and mystery of South Africa.
- Culinary Delights: Start your gastronomic adventure by tasting artisan Biltong. This dried meat is not only a local delicacy, but a cultural experience in itself. Perfect for snacking between meals, its flavor will catch your taste buds and give you an authentic South African flavor.
- Preparations for Augrabies: If your trip takes you to Augrabies, an essential tip is to bring mosquito netting. These little inhabitants can be quite annoying, and being prepared will allow you to enjoy the natural majesty of the area without distractions.
- Local Gastronomy: Don’t miss the opportunity to try the game meat pies, a specialty that delights any palate. This dish is an expression of the region’s rich culinary heritage and an opportunity to experience unique flavors.
- Refreshing Flavors: Local salads, known for their freshness, are a perfect complement to any meal. These salads are not only delicious, but also offer you a taste of the freshest ingredients from the region.
- Explore the Orange River Wine Route: The Green Kalahari, with its meandering Orange River, is known for its thriving vineyards and charming wineries. I recommend spending a day touring this picturesque wine route. Not only will you have the opportunity to taste some of South Africa’s finest wines, but also to enjoy breathtaking views of the local landscape. The region’s wineries offer a variety of wine tastings and tours, where you can learn about the winemaking process and the history of viticulture in the area. This experience is not only a delight for wine lovers, but also a fascinating window into the culture and heritage of the Green Kalahari region.
- Adequate equipment for a safari: Take a camera with a good zoom or telephoto lens. This is crucial for photographing wildlife from a safe distance and without disturbing it. If possible, also carry a tripod or monopod to stabilize your shots, especially in low light conditions.
- Patience and Respect for Wildlife: Wildlife photography requires patience. Wait for the animals to adjust to your presence. Respect their space and avoid making loud noises or sudden movements that may frighten them.
- Climate and Terrain Preparation: The climate in the Kalahari can be extreme. Bring protection for your equipment against dust and heat, and dress appropriately for desert conditions.
- Practical tip: Finally, carrying a power bank is essential, as power outages in this part of South Africa are common. This simple accessory will ensure that you are always connected and can capture every magical moment of your trip without worry.
My trip to the Green Kalahari was an unforgettable adventure full of wonder and surprise. If you are looking for an authentic and exciting experience in South Africa, this corner has everything you need.