And now for the main event, the reason I came to Upington, a safari in the Kalahari Desert! But before the adventure could start, we (my guide/driver and I) had to drive 3 hours to get to the park entrance at Twee Rivieren Rest Camp, just broken off by breakfast at a lodge on the way. Since I was there for a night only, we were only able to explore the area around Twee Rivieren, and it also meant a fairly busy game drive schedule, in the afternoon after arriving and the next morning before and after breakfast. Such a short time is far from ideal for a safari, but that’s unfortunately all the time I had. Having been on a safari before, what I wanted to do this time was see more of the animals specific to the Kalahari, mainly the meerkat and the black maned lion. And that I got 🙂 Would have loved to see more of them, but at least I got it ticked off my bucket list, and maybe better luck next time. My guide was a bit disappointed by how few animals we saw, as he was used to seeing loads more. This business is all about luck 🙂 There is no doubt had I had more time than the one day of game driving I had, the list of spotted animals would have been even longer. And how lucky was I to be handed this great guy to take me around. Not just a chill person to hang out with, but not the one who’s gonna talk your ears full, and not the one who is a total mute. Just perfect! You are after all stuck in a car (actually a regular car, I didn’t know one could go on a safari in a regular car) with this person for several hours, just the two of you. A good thing he has an eye for spotting animals (goes hunting), because otherwise I wouldn’t have seen anything. How is one suppose to see a beige coloured animal on a beige coloured background…? I got better after a while 🙂 Also did lunch out in the bush. Met up with another group from the same tour company for a little braai/barbeque at a picnic spot next to an early settlement museum. After the animals that could been seen were seen, on the way back to Upington we did a short stop at the bushmen road stall, and swung by a huge salt pan.
I booked my safari through Kalahari Tours (kalahari-tours.co.za). A family-run business who’s been in the game for 16 years. And I couldn’t be happier. Welcoming, helpful and accommodating are what you get.
Other things to do: Kalahari Desert tips