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Places To Explore On Your Kalahari Getaway

Places To Explore On Your Kalahari Getaway
So, you have decided to take some time off work and plan a getaway. You have chosen the Kalahari as your destination.
Well, you’ve made a terrific decision as the Kalahari in South Africa’s Northern Cape is a beautiful area where you will find many exciting places to explore. 
And if you’re wondering what you can get up to in the heart of the Kalahari, you’re in luck. This article will highlight the places you should be exploring as part of your Kalahari getaway. 

- The Eye of Kuruman 

Situated in Kuruman, The Eye of Kuruman is something that should not be left out of any exploration of the Kalahari. Lying in the heart of Kuruman in the Northern Cape, you will find a lake unlike any other. This clear body of water with an exceptional amount of fish species runs down from the fountain known as “The Eye of Kuruman”. 
The rock formations creating this fountain of fresh mountain water is a natural wonder that’s definitely worth seeing. It produces between 20 million and 30 million litres of water every single day. If that isn’t impressive, you must be a difficult person to impress.   

Visiting The Eye of Kuruman will make a terrific day out. When you return to your Kuruman accommodation, you’ll be dreaming of the stunning view for nights to come. Just make sure that your hotel in Kuruman is comfortable and offers air conditioning as this region can become extremely hot during the summer months.  

- The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

If you want to see eland, gemsbok and more, grab your 4X4 and head to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. You won’t regret a second of it. And if you are a birdwatcher, there is much birding to be done while you’re in this Kalahari wonder. 

This wildlife reserve has amazing fauna and flora to explore, including the above-mentioned animals. And the red dunes will offer you a view to remember forever, especially if you have your camera with you. Please note that you can’t bring any pets with you and if you’re in a game viewing vehicle, it will need to have all protective measures in place. 

You will also be able to see the famous camel thorn trees which spread out through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. In addition to this, you can travel across red dunes and see the local shrubbery. 

- The Orange River Wine Route 

For the wine lovers, the Orange River Wine Route offers a delicious tasting route that will make you want to purchase every bottle you come across. The climate and soil help to create grapes which are tasty and perfect for the wine-making process. 
Just make sure that you are not driving and that you have a responsible designated driver. You don’t want to end up in an accident. While you may think that a sober driver won’t enjoy the experience, that’s not true. 

There is more than enough to see and do for those who won’t be drinking any wine. You can have delightful meals and there are even guest houses situated in the heart of this route. This way, you might even have a place to stay that’s within walking distance to at least one tasting session.

- The Boesmansgat Sinkhole

There are sinkholes in many places throughout the world, but the natural Boesmansgat Sinkhole in the Kalahari is truly a sight to behold. And if you have vast experience in cave diving and are highly trained, then you are in for a treat. The cave itself is filled with water which is 270 metres deep. 
However, you don’t have to be a diver to enjoy the experience of being in this cave. You will, of course, have to climb up to this vertical cave, so make sure that you have the right gear and clothing. This is not the place for a dress or collared, button-up shirt.  

The sinkhole is situated through Mount Carmel and you will have to pay an entrance fee, depending on which kind of vehicle you arrive in. It’s currently R50 for a car, R100 for a combi and R300 for a bus. 

There is nothing quite like the Kalahari, which is why it is such a popular vacation with holiday-makers from around the country and even the world. 
You will see the most stunning scenery and have a fantastic time, hiking, wine tasting, diving, animal watching and simply taking in all the majestic beauty of the area. So, book your accommodation at a bed and breakfast or lodge and make your way through this stunning area.
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