Umkulu Adventures Tours

12 Day Kalahari Crossing Safari

12 Day Kalahari Crossing Safari

This Kalahari Crossing Safari is a guided and guided self-drive safari. You can either join us in our safari vehicles or follow in your car.  It is a combination of Kgalagadi and Mabuasehube. The route is partly a 4 x 4 trail, and we will require a minimum of 2 vehicles on this safari. We will experience the vast open land with its endless horizons. The Kalahari is a unique semi-desert biosphere. Kalahari meaning “the land of the thirst”.

Our safari will meet just at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park at the Kgalagadi Lodge one day before departure date. The Lodge is the perfect venue, and you can decide to camp or make use of the accommodation available. We will have an introduction to our team and discuss the adventure safari that awaits us for the next day in the Kalahari. We will make use of this opportunity to ensure that we have all the equipment and communications needed to complete our safari.

The ten-day Kalahari crossing safari will take us from Kgalagadi Transfrontier over the dune belt towards Mabuasehube. The road is a two spoor sandy 4 x 4 track, and we will depart in convoy. It is not uncommon to find predators and a large number of antelopes like the eland antelope on this dune road. The scenery is real to the Kalahari, and the camel thorn trees provide a well-deserved shelter for many animals and birds. Crossing the dunes will give us a great insight into the challenges of survival in the Kalahari.

Mabuasehube has large pans that fill with water during the rainy season. The vegetation changes and more  Kalahari apple leave trees are visible in this region.

We will fuel our vehicles, and depart after breakfast the following morning. We check and sync our radios before departure. The daily route briefing will take place before we leave on our ten days Kalahari crossing safari guided self-drive. Those travellers that don’t have four-wheel drive vehicle can join us on our cars.

Kalahari Crossing Safari Highlights

  • The Road less travelled.
  • This safari is a  combination of all the Kalahari regions.
  • Wild Bush Camping.
  • Experience Tour Leader.
  • Bush cuisine on open fires.
  • Exploring the vast Kalahari and wild sites of South Africa and Botswana.
  • Self-drives the route with our guided experience.

We do cater for travellers that don’t have 4 x 4 vehicles. These visitors can travel along with our guided vehicle. You are most welcome to join our set departures or set your private safari with a minimum of 4 people participating this departure. All the camping sites on private safaris will be subject to availability.

Our Team will provide you with a full list of essentials that you need to bring along on this Guided Self-Drive Kalahari Crossing Safari. Our Team will act as lead and backup crew on this safari.

Vehicle preparations?

  • Private vehicles need services before departures.
  • The vehicles must be able to cover a minimum of 900 Kilometres in fuel.
  • Recovery equipment and an air compressor are essential on this trip.
  • A valve gauge is of utmost importance to measure the correct tyre pressure.
  • All Vehicles must be able to carry a min of 60 litres of water.
  • All Vehicles need to have a fridge/freezer to take food and supplies.
  • Cars need to have their manuals on board.
  • There are numerous reliable car rental companies that you can consult.

Kalahari Crossing Safari Seasons.

Jan – March Rainy Season
April – August Dry winter season
Sept-Dec Dry and pre-rain season.

What makes this safari Unique?

  • 4 x 4 Driving.
  • The Wild camping is without fencing.
  • The road less travelled.
  • Guided experienced tour leaders.
  • The experience of the red dunes of the Kalahari.
  • The unique raptor birdlife of the Kalahari.
  • Experience the Nocturnal Nightlife of the Kalahari.
  • Guided Self-drive or guided safari.
  • Exploring the best that the Kalahari has to offer.

Scheduled Departures for 2018
Min 4 people, Max 10 people

Please inquire about group bookings & SADC nationals rates.

We do offer fully inclusive Guided Safaris in our vehicles.

Vulture Conservation


  • Guided Safari Vehicle
  • All meals as indicated
  • All park fees, Entrance fees, Conservation fees
  • Visit the Vulture Project in Ghanzi
  • Satelite phone as back up
  • Medical air rescue in Botswana
  • Radio communications between vehicles


  • Own Vehicles and Fuel
  • Own Transfers to Starting point
  • Own Transfer from Departure Point
  • Dinners not catered for
  • Travel Insurance
  • Snacks and Drinks with meals.
  • Camping Equipment


DEPART FROM: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Min of 4 people guarantees a departure.
Please inquire about the following departure points of the Kalahari Crossing Safari.
1. Windhoek – Kalahari Crossing – Windhoek
2. Windhoek – Kalahari crossing – Maun.
Group Departures can arrange to depart from Maun in Reverse.


Price Per Person Internationals USD per 2550 per person
SADC Nationals BWP 21 500 per person
The reason for different rates is that SADC Nationals receive a slight discount on entrance, camping and conservation fees.


Day 1,2,3,4,5,6

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Camping

Our safari starts at Upington in the Northern Cape. We will meet our traveller at the airport on the morning of day 1 and proceed to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Our first evening is outside of the park in accommodation at the Kgalagadi Lodge. This is 5 km before the entrance gate of the park. The next five days is inside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park before we embark towards mabuasehube for the rest of the safari.

Day 7,8,9,10

Mabuasehube – Camping

We depart the Kgalagadi and start our dune crossing towards Mabuasehube. We will base ourselves for the next three nights exploring the pans of Mabuasehube. This park is well known for the lion encounters near the camp and rare raptors.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 11.

Mabusehube Game Reserve – Ghanzi

Our Safari exits the park at the mabua exit gate. From here we will drive towards Ghanzi and overnight in Ghanzi. The following day we will make our way towards Maun in Botswana where our safari comes to an end.

Day 12

Maun – Botswana.

This day is the final leg of our safari. The Safari comes to an end upon arrival in Maun. This evenings tented camp accommodation is inclusive. However Lunch and Dinner is at own expense this last day of our safari.