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Kalahari Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Kalahari , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language English, Afrikaans
Time Difference 2 hours
Currency South African Rand
Voltage 230V

Picture sweeping savannahs, swaying grasslands, red sand-dunes and the Korannaberg’s pristine peaks - a spectacular show of Mother Nature in South Africa’s ‘green’ wilderness of the southern Kalahari Desert. Along dust-swirled tracks, discover the country’s largest (malaria-free) private game reserve, home to over eighty species of mammals, hundreds of different birds and countless insects. Guaranteeing extraordinary wildlife encounters and the ultimate safari experience, no more than thirty guests and ten private vehicles will stay at the reserve at any one time. Bespoke itineraries include guided horseback and walking safaris, ensuring that every day is a unique adventure; a chance to see or do something new.

Expect thrilling sightings of zebra, giraffe, buffalo, meerkats, antelope, and much, much more! Days end with fiery sunsets and delectable bush feasts, offering menus that showcase the region’s traditional dishes and wholesome ingredients. Unwind in the African bush, beneath a clear, black-velvet sky filled with stars.

Highlights+
Wildlife

Imagine typical Kalahari scenes of springbok and Kudu bull, silhouetted against the crimson-red sand. Spot the elusive eland, a horned mammal and the symbol of the original Bushmen, alongside splendid, Black-Maned lions roaming the savannahs, and White rhino chomping grass. Track the highly-endangered Desert Black rhino, look out for breeding herds of Roan and Sable antelope, encounter the jumpy Hartmann’s Mountain zebra, and glimpse the slender, long-legged cheetah basking in the sunshine. Embark on a thrilling night walk through the bush, spotting meerkats, aadvarks, pangolin, pardwolf, Bat-Eared Foxes, African Wild cats, and more!

Family

Family adventures at Tswalu Kalahari teach children about our precious planet and the environment, as well as the Kalahari people, wildlife and the importance of conservation in this treasured desert. Children can join Mum and Dad on a private game drive, or other young guests on a bush walk, learning how to track and examine burrows, tucking into delicious picnics along the way. They are also welcome on horse safaris, the saddle a perfect viewpoint from which to spot animals on grassy plains, just as early explorers would have done centuries ago. A full junior programme covers every age range, offering the exciting chance to graduate as a mini ranger by the end of their stay!

Climate+

Spring (September and October) sees warm days and cooler nights – flowers bloom, trees blossom and inquisitive meerkats peek out of dens to feel the sun’s rays. Summer (November to March) means hot days and mild evenings, with occasional afternoon thunderstorms turning the desert into a verdant green paradise – a time to spot migrant birds and new-borns, like antelope calves and jackal pups. Autumn (April and May) brings mild days and cool evenings, a time when the region’s savannah grasses are at their greenest. This is the antelope mating season, and when hibernating animals stock up for winter. Winter days (June to August) can be pleasantly warm, whilst colder nights bring frost. Winter is a good time to spot smaller creatures like aardvark, pangolin and aardwolf, and to sit beneath the Kalahari’s star-studded skies.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Kalahari .

  Temp °C Rain mm
January242
February285
March31110
April33275
May32641
June32694
July30765
August31323
September31645
October30224
November2818
December271

Getting There+

Please contact our Travel Consultants for flight details.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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