14 Day Kalahari Crossing Safari

This 14-Day Kalahari Crossing Safari is an experience of the Kalahari. The vastness of the Kalahari requires a decent amount of time to explore and understand. The terrain and remoteness of the safari require planning of logistics and thorough planning. Our Kalahari Crossing Safari is always with two vehicles.

We use a backup vehicle to carry food supplies and camping equipment. The second vehicle takes care of our travellers on safari. These vehicles have radio communication and will drive convoys to assist with crossing the dune belt. It is of utmost importance to have two vehicles on our safaris. This two-vehicle allows us to enter and cross rough terrains within Southern Africa.

Why join the 14-Day Kalahari Crossing Safari?

  • Experience the ultimate wild Kalahari with local knowledge and local guides.
  • Have the opportunity to understand the wildlife and diversity of the wild Kalahari.
  • Tracking animals and sleeping in the wild in a mobile tented camp.
  • Have the backup of two vehicles while exploring the Kalahari.
  • Visit the cross-border conservation initiative of the Transfrontier Parks.
  • Visit Mabuasehube and the Kgalgadi Transfronteir Park.
  • Excellent Photographic opportunities within the Kalahari.
  • These safaris are fully inclusive.
  • A maximum of three vehicles on our safaris.
  • Participate in camp duties and preparations of bush meals.
  • Flexibility with private safaris.
  • An unforgettable introduction to the Kalahari.
  • Experience a real expedition safari.


The forgotten land within Botswana. The location is in the far southwest corner of Botswana. Mabua, as the locals call the area, is filled with Kalahari vegetation, large pans and small vegetated dunes. The diversity of the vegetation differs from Kgalagadi and consists of acacia, combretum and Terminalia.

The roads are two spoor sand tracks and require four-wheel drive vehicles to explore. It has numerous pans and some assisted watering holes. The animals move freely within this large area. There are only camping sites available in Mabua with basic facilities. Water is the primary concern when visiting this area.

It is essential to carry enough drinking water and water for showering. Every traveller will receive a limited water supply and need to conserve this during the safari experience. Conserve water by not wasting water like washing clothes or washing the car. The arid experience and the teamwork of our travellers and our experienced team will make this safari a genuinely wild experience to remember.

There is a 200km dune belt and two spoor track roads between Mabua and Kgalagadi. This is where our team and traveller will cross over from Mabua towards Kgalagadi. The crossing is in one or two days. This will depend on the road conditions. The name of the safari says it all—the Kalahari Crossing Safari.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, or the Kalahari Gemsbok Park as it was called in the past, is the second leg of our Safari. South African National Parks manage this part of the park. It comprises two riverbeds, namely the Nossob River and the Auob river. Along this river, beds are camping sites and accommodation on offer. The main camps are fenced, and the dune camps are not. Rules are strictly enforced. However, it contrasts the wild Mabua side, allowing for excellent sightings and wildlife experiences.

Kgalagadi is a well-kept conservation area. The service of the local staff is immaculate. Here we can relax and plan our game drives according to our interests. There are more watering holes, and this allows for more sightings. The camps have power from 6 am to 10 pm. We still need to conserve water as this is the source of life within the Kalahari. No water, no life. The Kalahari Crossing offers us an expedition combined with a wildlife safari. The two regions that we visit is completely different. The combination of these two areas will add value to your Kalahari experience.

Safari Seasons.

Our Team operates 12 months of the year within the Kalahari. This allows us to document animals and experience the difference in seasons and animal behaviour. Every single safari expedition, we have the opportunity to learn and discover more about nature.

Safari Schedules

Our schedules are open for travellers to partake on specific dates. However, we custom design private safaris and offer flexibility on starting and ending destinations.

Departures for 2023
Min 4 people, Max 10 people

Vulture Conservation

Umkulu Adventures Includes


  • 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
Umkulu Adventures Excludes


  • 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
Umkulu Adventures Tour Information



Min of 4 people guarantees a departure. Our Departures are from Upington to Upington In South Africa Please inquire about Windhoek to Windhoek Departures in Namibia.

Umkulu Adventures Product Pricing


Description Rates 2023 Rates 2024
Single Person USD 4250 USD 4550
Per Person Sharing USD 3850 USD 3850
Umkulu Adventures Tour Schedule


Day 1


We meet our travellers upon arrival at the Upington Airport and transfer to our lodge/guesthouse accommodation in Upington. The afternoon is spent at leisure, and this evening, we will have a tour briefing at a local restaurant. The perfect opportunity to make the final arrangements for our safari and enjoy the Northern Cape's local cuisine. 

Distance: 10km
Accommodation: Lodge Accommodation.

Day 2

Kakemas and Augrabies Falls

Accommodation: Lodge Accommodation.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3,4


Accommodation: Lodge Accommodation.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5,6,7,8,9,10,11

Kgalagadi and Mabuasehube – Mobile Camp & Wild Camping

Accommodation Camping
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12,13

Kalahari & Upington

Accommodation Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 14

Upington – Depart

Tour ends on arrival.

DISCLAIMER: We reserve the right to cancel any activity due to weather or unsafe conditions. An alternative activity will be provided wherever possible.

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