Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

Winding through the Kalahari – from just north of Upington all the way into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – the Red Dune Route drifts from guest house to game farm in a pleasurable combination of unlimited hospitality and arresting scenery.

The locals say that once you've felt the red sand of the Kalahari between your toes, your heart will always return to this desert wonderland.

The Kalahari Red Dune Route showcases the Kalahari through a wide range of activities including duneboarding, camel riding and 4x4 trailing for the adventurous, and game drives, guided walks, birding expeditions and other eco-inclined activities for nature-lovers. For visitors attuned to culture and history, the 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.

Download the Open Africa 'Cape of many Routes' write-up below