wildlife of South Africa

(from/to Upington)

The park in this tour is home to many big cats and over 300 species of birds and it is one of the largest wildlife conservations in the world. Experience the wilderness like never before with this personal experience on the conservation. Spot lions, leopards, cheetahs and other major predators as some of them even come in close range to your vehicle. Then, enjoy beautiful nights with nature as the animals howl within hearing distance. This tour will bring many memories as you become closer to the wildlife of South Africa .

Proposed Itinerary

DAY 1: Upington to Kgalagadi

On the first day of your trip you will depart from Upington to the largest camp in Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park for an afternoon game drive in this 37 000 square km park, which is one of the largest conservation areas in the world and one of the last truly unspoiled ecosystems. Endemic game such as gemsbok, springbok, eland, giraffe, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest roam the sparsely vegetated red sand dunes and the dry river valleys of the Nossob and Auob where a variety of acacia species thrive. The Park is also well known for sightings of lions, leopards, cheetahs and spotted brown hyena. Because of an abundance of prey in the form of mice, whistling rats, birds and insects, smaller predators thrive in the park. The park is home to caracal, honey badgers, black-backed jackals, bat-eared foxes, cape foxes, African wildcats, mongoose and the ever-popular suricate (meerkat). After your game drive you will have the option to take a 3 hr sunset drive or 2 hr night drive and a 3 hr morning walk (if available).

Accommodation: Twee Rivieren. Meals : BD

DAY 2: Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park

Day two is another full day game drive to a different part of the park and the route will be determined by rainfall and game migration. Kgalagadi is also a bird watcher's paradise with more than 300 species recorded including at least 20 larger raptor species. The world's heaviest flying bird, the Kori bustard and the stately secretary bird patrol the riverbeds while the noisy northern black korhaan rule in the dunes. After your game drive you will have the option to take a 3 hr sunset drive or 2 hr night drive and a 3 hr morning walk (if available).

Accommodation : Camp in Park. Meals : BD

DAY 3: Kgalagadi - Upington

For your third and final day you will go on a game drive till midday. Then you will depart back to Upington. En route we stop at the last indigenous San tribe in South Africa , the Khomani. Today these earliest residents of the Kalahari, living here for 40 000 years, consist of only 400 people and are residents in an area between 40 and 70 km south of Twee Rivieren. Clients will have the opportunity to view and purchase their handcraft at one of the roadside stalls.

Accommodation : None. Meals : B

NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and may be altered to accommodate changes in field conditions.

Dates and Price


ONLY for Global Crossroad volunteers

Average Temperature

  • Persons
  • 2 Persons
  • 3 Persons
  • 4 Persons
  • Camp
  • $874
  • $705
  • $627
  • Chalet
  • $991
  • $822
  • $731

To be determined by In-Country Coordinator (most likely at the end or middle of participant's respective volunteer program)

What's Included
  • All games drives in open 4x4 vehicles
  • Night drives in Kruger park
  • Big Five Game Walk or Cycling in Kruger Park
  • Nature walk in Private Reserve
  • Sunset Cruise through the Blyde river Canyon
  • Camping in Kruger park in permanent dome tents with sleeping bags
  • All ground transportation
  • Services of experienced, qualified driver/guide
  • Meals and entrance fees per itinerary
What's Not Included
  • Transportation to/from project to travel start point
  • Bus to Johannesburg (from cape Town )
  • Personal items/drinks
  • Optional Activities
  • Tips