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08 DAY RICHTERSVELD DIAMOND COAST 4X4 TOUR (CHALET)

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Day 1: Upington-Vioolsdrift. Stop at Die Pienk Padstal, stocking a variety of dried fruit products. Wine tasting in Kakamas.

Stop At: Springbok Lodge & Restaurant, 37 Voortrekker St, Springbok, 8240, South Africa
The history of Springbok and the copper mining industry are displayed on the walls and the huge collection of gemstones of the owner Mr Jopie Kotze is on display too.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Lunch: A le carte lunch at Springbok Lodge
• Dinner: Dinner catered by the guide
Accommodation included: Chalet or camping at Orange River Rafting Lodge

Day 2: Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. Depart on the Namakwa-02 4x4 Trail via the barren Helskloof

Stop At: Namakwa 4X4 Route, 40 Voortrekker St, Springbok, 8240, South Africa
Depart on the Namakwa-02 4x4 Trail passing through the barren Helskloof and Nababiep Nature Reserve in the Nababiep Mountains and the remote village Eksteenfontein. Continue past the Richtersveld Conservancy to the Ai-Ais - Richtersveld Trans Frontier Park.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast catered by the guide
• Lunch: Picnic lunch on route
• Dinner: Dinner is a typical South African Braai (BBQ)
Accommodation included: Chalet or camping at Sendelingsdrift

Day 3: Ai-Ais Richtersveld – Brandkaros. Explore the Park on the 4x4 Trail via the Hand of God, Akkedis Pass and Helskloof.

Stop At: Brandkaros Resort, Private Bag X5, Alexander Bay, 8290, Northern Cape, South Africa, 8290, South Africa
Explore the Park on the 4x4 Trail via the Hand of God, Akkedis Pass and Helskloof. Exit the park at Helskloof Gate.
Continue direction Alexander Bay to Brandkaros near the Orange River.

Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast catered by the guide
• Lunch: Picnic lunch on route
• Dinner: Campfire dinner catered by the guide
Accommodation included: Chalet/Camping at Brandkaros near the Orange River

Day 4: Diamond Coast - Hondeklip Bay. Visit Orange River Mouth & Wetland, Lichen Hill and Port Nolloth

Pass By: Alexander Bay Border Control (RSA), West Coast, South Africa, South Africa
Depart to Alexander Bay on the Diamond Coast on the cold Atlantic Ocean. Visit the estuary at the Orange River Mouth near Alexander Bay. This previous restricted diamond area is now open to public. The Orange River Wetland is declared as a RAMSAR site and is home to more than 60 bird species including pelicans and many flamingos. The route passes the Border Post. We do not enter Namibia!

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast catered by the guide
• Lunch: Picnic lunch on route
• Dinner: Seafood dinner catered by the guide or at Dop en Kreef Restaurant in Hoindeklip Bay
Accommodation included: Chalet/Camping at Honnepondokkies

Day 5: Hondeklip Bay (Diamond Coast). Explore the Diamond Coast on the 37km Shipwreck 4x4 Route or the 4x4 Strandveld Route

Stop At: Honne Pondokkies, Hondeklip Bay, 8222, South Africa
Honnepondokkies is in Hondeklip Bay, which relies for its survival on a small crayfish industry and a few diamond boats operating from its harbour. This small remote seaside village has an unpretentious rural charm. It is our base for 02 nights.
Duration: 2 days

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room for chalet guests. Guide caters for campers
• Lunch: Picnic lunch on 4x4 trail
• Dinner: Seafood dinner catered by the guide.
Accommodation included: Chalet/Camping at Honnepondokkies

Day 6: Namaqua National Park. Shipwrecks, Spoeg River Caves, Cape fur seal colony and Caracal Coastal 4x4 Trail

Stop At: Honne Pondokkies, Hondeklip Bay, 8222, South Africa
Depart from Honnepondokkies. Visit the wrecks of the Jahleel in the bay and the Aristea, 05 km south of town.
Enter the Namaqua National Park. Continue south on the Coastal Section of the Caracal 4x4 Trail to Groenriviersmond. The trail runs through impressive West Coast landscapes with excellent photographic and bird watching opportunities, including the rare black oystercatcher.
The scenic Spoeg River Estuary is an excellent birding spot, particularly for waders. The Spoegrivier Caves are a historical and cultural landmark, where the earliest signs of sheep farming in South Africa, 2000 years ago, was found.
Visit the Cape fur seal breeding colony near Bouldersbaai. Thousands of seals can be seen basking in the sun and wading in the waters off the beach. Breeding Cape Cormorants share their perch with the seals. While travelling along the coast, look out for heavyside dolphins, which is endemic to the West Coast.
The trail crosses the Bitter River Dunes (sand movement corridor). This is a good example of a dynamic, moving dune system. This particular system is in pristine condition, and the only unspoilt and properly functioning system left on the South African coast. The system stretch over 20 km and is protected in its entirety and is a major conservation feature of the park. The dunes offer a haven for breeding pairs of ostriches.
Exit the Park at Groenrivier Gate. Visit the Groenrivier Estuary. The estuary is home to many waterbirds, including Greater Flamingo. A hide overlooking the estuary offers good bird watching opportunities.

Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room for chalet guests. Guide caters for campers

• Lunch: Picnic lunch on the 4x4 Trail
• Dinner: Campfire dinner catered by the guide
Accommodation included: Chalet/room at Groenriviersmond Accommodation / Camping at Groenriviersmond

Day 7: Groenriviersmond – Olifants River Mouth – Vanrhynsdorp. Groenrivier Lighthouse, Coastal 4x4 Trail & Olifants River Mouth

Stop At: Letsatsi Lodge, Erf 52 & 54, Vanrhynsdorp, 8170, South Africa
The tour ends at Letsatsi Lodge. Guests staying in chalets overnight at Letsatsi Lodge
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room for chalet guests. Guide caters for campers

• Lunch: Picnic lunch on route
• Dinner: Dinner in restaurant
Accommodation included: Chalet at Letsatsi Lodge/ Camping at Caravan Park
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