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UMKULU ADVENTURES

Umkulu Adventures Tours

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7 Day West Coast Safari

7 Day West Coast Safari

This 7 Day West Coast Safari Guided Self Drive will take you on the road less travelled along the west coast of South Africa. The route is a combination of the West Coast, Namaqualand & Richtersveld.

The west coast safari will start from Cape Town, and our first destination is the coastal region of Elands Bay and Lamberts Bay. We will be visiting the less travelled west coast fishing communities and experience the real heart of the west coast. The wildflowers of the West Coast and Namaqualand is a spectacular sight in the flowering season.

The vast open landscapes and rugged mountains are synonymous with the West Coast. The friendly local communities welcome visitors in their back yard. By travelling along the west coast, this will allow us to intrude on one of the least populated areas in South Africa.  The cold Atlantic can offer some chilled evenings, but the remote 4×4 sand track makes up for unpredictable weather conditions.

Explore the combination of the West Coast and Namaqualand with a beautiful finish at the Orange River. The rugged and semi-desert sand veld and dune veld is home to a variety of endemic plants & Succulents along with the smallest tortoise in our country.

This west coast safari is offered as a guided safari for those you don’t have 4 x 4 vehicles. Travellers without 4 x 4 vehicles can join us in our vehicles.

Guided West Coast Safari

  • A minimum of 4 people secures a departure.

Guided Self-drive West Coast Safari

  • A minimum of two vehicles and a maximum of 4 vehicles.

The Diamond Coast lies between Lamberts Bay and Alexanderbay.  The diamond mining industry divides the coastline in concessions.  The Diamond Coast is a natural conservation region today. Today this west coast allows us to explore the small fishing villages and travel along the coast.

What sets the West Coast Safari Apart?

  • You find pristine beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Small fishing villages.
  • Wildflowers are growing in the sand veld and Namaqualand.
  • You can see Shipwrecks along the rugged coast.
  • Unique Biosphers with endemnic succulants.
  • Mountain passes with endless views.
  • Rugged Richtersveld mountain desert.
  • Friendly local communities.
  • Rock lobster and black mussels are found along the coast.
  • You can indulge in fresh west coast oysters.

INCLUDES


  • Guided Safari Vehicle
  • Camping & Accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Radio communications
  • Satelite phone as back up
  • Park fees, entrance fees, vehicle fees
  • Orange river half day trip
  • Wine tasting
  • Exclusive West Coast

TOUR INFORMATION

DURATION: 8 Days
DEPART FROM: Lamberts Bay Private Sanctuary

PRICING

Per Person Sharing
Guided West Coast Safari ( our vehicles)
4 people R 15 500
6 people R 12 500
Guided Self Drive Safari – Bring your own 4 x 4 vehicle
4 people R 15 500
6 people R 12 500
8 people R 10 500
10 people R  9 500
 

TOUR SCHEDULE

Day 1,2

Lamberts Bay Private Sanctuary

Our Trail will start 8:00 am in Cape Town. Our point of departure will be the Backpack Lodge in Cape Town. We will follow the west coast towards a small fishing town called Paternoster. This will be our first coffee stop on route.We continue along the coast towards the small community of Elands bay. Elands bay is a small Fishing Village and known for crayfish. We will sample some seafood at a local restaurant. Lamberts Bay will lead us towards one of the few areas where the Malgasse are breeding on the west coast. The ‘Sandveld’ region that we travel through is the perfect growing area for potatoes. Late afternoon we will spend on a private sanctuary on the West Coast past Lamberstbay and have a walk along these beautiful west coast beaches. Our evening will be spent around a campfire and in local accommodation.
Accommodation.
Dinner,(own Lunch)

Day 3,4

Namaqua Park

The rugged West Coast becomes untouched the further north we travel. The little town of Lutsville is situated along the Olifants River and offers a fresh green change in Namaqualand. This region is known for its vineyards and wineries. The Olifants River Valley is the largest wine cooperative in the world. We will have time to visit a winery on the way and stock some of the local wines for our adventure that lies ahead. The Namaqua National Park is approximately 2 – 3 hours from Lutzville, and here we will spend two nights in the park. We have time to drive and visit the Spoeg River caves and the opportunity to walk on these untouched beaches in Namaqualand.
Guesthouse Accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5

Hondeklipbaai – Tented Camp

After a nice morning walk along the coast, we will be driving towards the northern part of the Namaqua National Park. On our way, we often see a variety of Raptors, Ostriches, Surricates, Jackal, Duiker antelopes, Ground Squirrels, Springbok and an array of succulent plants. This is a relaxing drive towards the small fishing and ex-diamond mining community of Hondeklipbaai. We will visit one of the shipwrecks in the area, namely the Aristea just south of Hondeklipbaai. Our afternoon is at leisure, and from our tented camp in Hondeklipbaai, you can go for walks at your interest along the beach and bay.
Breakfast and Lunch(own Dinner)

Day 6,7

Port Nolloth/Orange River

Our Safari will take us through the mining towns of Klein Zee & Port Nolloth. These are old mining towns have two remaining active concessions that are still in production. The remains of a once flourishing Diamond mining town is today only a shadow of what it was. This rugged terrain offers endless mountain views and some of the most spectacular rock formations. The Richtersveld is divided into three regions namely the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Richtersveld community reserve and the Nababeeb community reserve. Our trail takes us through these community reserves towards the Orange River. Along with our way, we can find some of the succulent plants and the ‘half mens’ that is indigenous to this harsh mountain desert. The Orange River will be our base for the next day. Our Tour ends with a half day rafting trail.
Chic Shack Accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 8

Orange River

Tour ends after breakfast.
Breakfast