Kalahari Red Dune 5-Day Hike

Description of the Red Dune Route

It is said that no two visits to the Kalahari are the same. This ancient and beautiful land is not only amazingly rich in diversity; it also reflects an endless variety of moods, making each new encounter refreshingly different from the previous.

This ancient and beautiful land is not only amazingly rich in diversity it also reflects an endless variety of moods, making each new encounter refreshingly different from the previous ones. The Kalahari Red Dune Route extends north of Upington into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that forms the shares its borders with Namibia and Botswana and is one of the largest conservation areas in the world.

The colour of the dunes in the southern Kalahari can be attributed to the high iron oxide content of the sand. In areas of higher rainfall and in shallow areas where water collects, the iron oxide is leached out, causing the sand ultimately to turn white. The gradual effect of the leaching transforms the desert into a wonderful variety of colours. 

Besides the red dunes, some of the most obvious features of the Kalahari landscape are the nests of the sociable weaver birds. The colonies have up to 50 chambers housing as many as 300 birds.

Since the Kalahari is a desert, daytime temperatures can be extremely high and in winter, night-time temperatures can drop below zero, though the days are usually warm and pleasant. Thunderstorms are common during the rainy season between November and April.

The Red Dunes of the Kalahari

The Hiking Tour Information

You will experience saltpans, black rock koppies, red sand dunes, dry riverbeds, wide open skies and flat-topped acacia trees that symbolise the Kalahari Red Dune Route. You will experience the Kalahari Meerkat, Vulture Restaurants and lots of birdlife and see various Game. Each day you will travel to a new destination where we will hike for the day, see the best of that area, have lunch, dinner and breakfast there and experience the best of the Kalahari.

Each venue has its own character, and the routes are planned so that you will experience the best of the Red Dune Route of the Kalahari.

Day 1: 14 km
Day 2: 12km
Day 3: 8km
Day 4: 12km
Day 5: 7km

The Red Dunes of the Kalahari
DATE6-11 April 2023
START VENUEMolopo Lodge, Askham, Kalahari
COSTR11,950.00 Sharing
R14,950.00 Single
ENTRY LIMITSLimited to 18 entries

Entry Fee Includes

  • 5 Nights Accommodation in lodges
  • 5 Days hiking;
  • Branded item
  • All meals;
  • Visiting of the Kalahari The Lost City;
  • Staying on Private Game Reserves
  • Hiking over the Salt pans
  • Sundowners over the Saltpans
  • Game drives
  • Vulture Restaurant
  • Experience the Camel Milking; and
  • All permissions from private land owners.

Entry Fee Excludes

  • Drinks;
  • Transport to and from Molopo Lodge;
  • Tips; and
  • Travelling from venue to venue
  • Additional night stay on the 12th – R1500 (luxury chalet)

Highlights of the Tour

  • Experience the best of the Red Dunes of the Kalahari while you are hiking,
  • Kalahari Meerkats
  • Hike over big flat pans of the Kalahari;
  • Experience milking of the Camels;
  • See The Black rock formation of the Lost City of the Kalahari;
  • Stay on Game Reserves and go on Game Drives each day;
  • Enjoy the sundowners on a Red Dune or over a Saltpan each night
  • Experience the Vulture Restaurant
  • Experience the hospitality of the Kalahari people;
  • Hike over salt pans;
  • Stay in the middle of the Red Sand Dunes;
  • Hike close to the Botswana border; and
  • Stay on the Namibia / RSA border
Gemsbokke in the Kalahari


14:00 Arrive at Loch Maree Lodge
18:00 Welcoming in the Bar
19:00 Dinner

Day 1 of Hiking, lunch. Drive in the late afternoon to the next venue, followed by sundowners and dinner

DAY 3-5
Hiking through the Red Dune Route of the Kalahari,
overnight each night at a different venue