Eco Ventures - Find & Book South African 4x4 Trailmaker Experdition experiences in the Kalahari and Namaqualand.

We offer guided self-drive trips throughout Southern Africa, including Namibia and Botswana

This vast region has many natural wonders, large areas of unspoiled wilderness and some of the best National Parks and Game Reserves in the world. Each is unique in its own way and each has left us with special memories.

The trips are flexible and can be tailored to your group’s exact requirements, or to include special interest activities. No extreme technical skills needed, yet all the unspoiled natural beauty.

This ancient and beautiful land is not only amazingly rich in diversity it also reflects an endless variety of moods. The Red Dune Route extends north of Upington into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that shares its borders with Namibia and Botswana and is one of the largest conservation areas in the world.

The Kalahari Red Dune Route showcases the Kalahari through a wide range of activities including desert walks, dune-boarding, 4x4 trailing for the adventurous, game drives, guided walks, birding expeditions and other eco-inclined activities for nature-lovers. For visitors attuned to culture and history, the Kalahari Red Dune Route offers the opportunity to experience regional customs and folklore, sample traditional cuisine, and meet the warm and welcoming people of the Kalahari. Accommodation options are as diverse as the landscape, and vary from camping to homely bed and breakfasts to luxury lodges. All in all, the Kalahari Red Dune Route offers something for everyone.

Highlights
• Molopo dry riverbed
• Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
• Karas Mountains
• Luderitz
• Namib desert
• Wild Horses
• Seeheim
• Fish River Canyon

From Pofadder to Kleinzee

Boesmanland is a semi-arid region and the landscape is epic, morphing into dwarf shrub and rocky plains balanced with Karoo Koppies – prehistoric flat-topped mountains of compacted lava – and slowly thinning out into the Kalahari Desert, a large semi-arid sandy savannah that takes you into Namibia.

The Richtersveld is a remote region with a certain esoteric beauty, but why should such a barren place be worthy of World Heritage status? The Richtersveld has both natural and cultural criteria that make it unique. In other words, there’s more to the Richtersveld than first meets the eye.

The Richtersveld National Park is a rugged, desolate and in parts hauntingly beautiful ‘mountain desert’ set in a great loop of the Orange River. This is a place of deep canyons, jagged mountain ranges, landscapes made vivid by the unusual colours of the rocks and soils, of extremely rare succulents plants such as the curious Kokerboom or Quiver tree and the even stranger Halfmens, and in the north by the broad, languid stretches and white water rapids of the great Orange River.

Highlights
• Route between Klein Pella and Vioolsdrift
• Crossing the Orange River on a Pont at Sendelingsdrift
• Halfmens
• Quivertrees
• Hand of God
• Magnificent Mountain Ranges

Namibia - the land in the south-west of Africa between the Orange River in the south and the Kunene River in the north - is a barren land, like from another star, but still inviting and strangely familiar. Namibia is a paradise for photographers, a land of contrasts and clear colours. Those who are looking for peace and stillness and enjoy mesmerising landscapes and wide desert expanse, are going to fall in love with Namibia, one of the least populated countries in the world. Namibia is Africa at its best, with friendly, natural people, with endless savannah and bushland and an amazingly diverse animal world, protected in the vast Etosha National Park and in many other game reserves. Namibia is an adventure, but one doesn't need to be an adventurer to experience this country. A well maintained road network, comfortable hotels, lodges and guest farms make travelling a pleasure.

Northern & Central Region
• Walking down the river to find the best viewing point to see the Epupa Falls
• Visiting a Himba Kraal
• See the unique trees of Damaraland e.g. Pachypodium lealii or ‘Bottelboom’
• Walking on the rocky ‘beach’ of Terrace Bay
• Finding elephants in a dry riverbed

Kglagadi and Southern Namibia
• Red sand dunes
• Fish river Canyon
• Wild Horses of the Namib Desert
• Kolmanskop and Luderitz
• Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon

Baviaanskloof or ‘Valley of the baboons’ is a deep twisting ravine walled between parallel east-west mountain ranges, the Baviaans and the Kouga. Known for the richness of their endemic plant species, its interesting cultural heritage and its abundance of bird and animal life.

Highlights
• Poortjie Private Nature Reserve – cheese tasting when you meet the farmer
• Exploring the village of Willowmore
• Spectacular rock formations into Baviaanskloof
• Vero’s Restaurant for ‘roosterkoek’ and coffee
• Sewefontein, in a wild fig tree forest
• An eco-tour with Piet Kruger of Zandvlakte to learn about the Spekboom and Leopard project
• Wilderness Mega Reserve

Frik Olwage
Cell: 082 343 7853

Lizette Olwage
Cell: 082 883 0093

Fax: 086 621 4404

Email: explore@ecoventures.co.za

Thank you Frik and Lizette for an amazing experience in the Kalahari in the Northern Cape, Baviaanskloof. We enjoyed every minute of it.

John Douglas, South Africa
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