The contrast of colour and emptiness; of beauty and severity; of desolation and life, is powerful and disturbing.
Join us for a memorable visit to the iconic Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park , the premier raptor birding destination in South Africa.
We explore the wildlife and birding delights of an area that is crossed by four major rivers, the Zambezi with its Chobe tributary in the east, the Kwando, in the central Caprivi strip and the Kavango, further to the west.
The Namib Desert has a fascinating array of plant, animal and bird species, surviving in sand dunes of all shapes and sizes and vast gravel plains stretching for as far as the eye can see.The central Namib, an area confined by the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the escarpment to the east, sandwiched between the Kuiseb River in the south and Huab River in the north, is the area that we will be visiting.
We visit two iconic African game parks, Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique and Gona-re-zhou National Park in south-eastern Zimbabwe. We will also be visiting Chirinda Forest, the southernmost tropical rainforest in Africa.
No words can adequately describe the sheer magic of Mana Pools. Glorious sunrises and sunsets, breathtaking scenery, amazing mammals and birds, and an unparalled serenity. This Park offers something that some of the others lack, an authentic wilderness experience.
Stunning sunsets are a distinctive feature of Kariba, as are the bleached skeletal trunks and bare branches of dead trees that were drowned by the flooding of the lake all those years ago.
We visit one of the great treasure-houses of the botanical world, haven to more than 3000 different floral species. Many of these, for a few weeks in springtime, burst into riotous life, clothing the countryside in a spectacular mantle of orange, yellow and white blooms. Namaqualand also sustains a wide variety of perennials: geophytes, dwarf shrubs and a huge number of succulents. This is the best time of the year for birding , as many of the birds are opportunists which move into the area and breed after winter rain.
This superb tour combines the sparsely populated semi-desert of Bushmanland with its exciting and highly desirable South African endemic birds with the stark beauty of the vast mountain desert known as the Richtersveld. It also provides a juicy taste of the floral splendour of springtime Namaqualand and the rugged beauty and mystique of the Diamond Coast.