Winter is finally here and most people just want to hibernate home after work, making excuses to stay in instead of going camping or partaking in some adventure activities with friends or family.  Here in the Kalahari we know what to do  with the family for the winter school Holidays.

Winter is finally here and most people just want to hibernate home after work, making excuses to stay in instead of going camping or partaking in some adventure activities with friends or family.  Here in the Kalahari we know what to do  with the family for the winter school Holidays.

Before deciding on where to book a winter holiday it is important to remember that South Africa is a country of extremes, that means hot summers and cold winters.  Here in the Kalahari in the Northern Cape the mornings are cold and clear and then it heats up to a reasonable temperature during the day, to the point of being able to peel off some layers, and at night the temperatures drop dramatically again. So with this in mind and the right gear, attitude and destination choices there are a lot that can be enjoyed during the school holidays in winter.


Right here on the banks of the Orange River you can expect  clear night skies, clean low flowing river, big camp fires, quieter camping spots, less crowds  more quality time and special winter season rates. The Green Kalahari is truly one of the most beautiful places all year round and  days are simply blissful and can be filled with fantastic things to do because  the Sun rises late here during the cold month’s;

  • which is great for romance
  • it creates colourful contrasts for photography
  • trees and bushes can be seen in a seemingly inanimate state
  • theres an early morning silence before the birds begin to stir

Though day’s should not be planned and rather experienced as in the Kalahari normal comforts and daily routines don’t apply. If you are of the planning kind here is a guide to a day in the Kalahari during winter

  • Sleep in a little later but do try and catch the morning sunrise with your camera
  • Eat a hearty breakfast and plan your day’s adventure
  • local cultural or historic tour
  • 4x4 drives and trails
  • Head out to Riemvasmaak which are the natural hot springs
  • Spend the day driving through the Augrabies falls national park
  • End the day off with some lekker brandy and/or wine tasting.

Evenings are great as the sun sets early and as usual the Orange River never ceases to amaze.  At night pack your camp fire high, eat early and enjoy the evening with your family sitting around the cracking fire sipping on some warm hot chocolate or Milo  enjoying each other’s company wrapped under a warm blanket in the fresh night air. Look up to the heavens and be in wonder of the billions of stars that cover us.

Visitors to the Kalahari in Winter suggest that you pack:

  • Beanie
  • thick coat
  • gloves
  • Walking boots
  • warm undies

Time is so precious; spending it with the ones we love albeit in the cold, a winter holiday in the Kalahari is truly a warming Experience.