Arrive: - Windhoek
Depart: Windhoek

10 Days / 9 Nights

Rugged mountains, deep river valleys, boulder-strewn slopes and semi-desert plains merge in the north-western corner of Namibia to create a wild and unspoiled wilderness - the Kaokoveld. This remote area is home to nomadic Himba-tribes, who follow the same way of life as they have done for centuries. Here, too, you will find the famous desert dwelling elephants, along with black rhino, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu and even lion. There were many great explorers who tried to tame the Kaokoveld. Antique Portuguese maps show that navigators out of Lisbon sighted and named the Capes of Kaokoveld and Cape Cross in 1486, Diego Cau set foot on this land and left a stone pillar to mark his discovery. Then there were the Arabs from Sofala who are credited for reaching the Kaokoveld coast in their dhows in 1600! Apart from the Portuguese and other unknown sea adventurers, the first European explorer to set foot in the Kaokoveld, appears to be a certain Charles John Anderson. He visited the area in 1858 and described the experience as follows: "When a heavy sea-fog rests on these uncouth and rugged surfaces - and it does so very often - a place fitter to represent the infernal regions could scarcely, in searching the world round, be found. A shudder, amounting almost to fear, came over me when its frightful desolation first suddenly broke upon my view. 'Death,' I exclaimed, 'would be preferable to banishment to such a country'."
Day 1
Windhoek Airport - Windhoek
Arriving Windhoek International Airport, you are met by your guide and being transferred to your overnight accommodation in town. A fully equipped 4x4 vehicle is your transport for the duration of the adventure. Dinner at Windhoek's famous Joe's Beerhouse is included.
Day 2
Windhoek Airport - Mondjila Safari Camp (Tented Camp DBB)
After breakfast we depart for Mondjila Safari Camp. Mondjila Safari Camp is situated 30km south of the Etosha National Park's Anderson Gate. Accommodation consists of 11 Luxury canvas tents with en-suite facilities and shaded porch providing breathtaking views over the surrounding mopani savannah. Meals are served in a thatched dining area while the bar provides a great setting for spectacular sunsets.
Day 3
Etosha National Park (Tented Camp)
An entire day is dedicated to game viewing in one of Africa's biggest national parks. Consisting of a saline desert, savannah and woodlands, its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 km². For the greater part of the year, the pan is a bleak expanse of white, cracked mud, which shimmers with mirages on most days. Seeing vast herds of game against this eerie backdrop, referred to in the local vernacular as "the great white place", makes the Etosha game-viewing experience unique. Of the 114 mammals species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as the black rhino and cheetah as well as the black-faced impala, which is an endemic to north-western Namibia. Other large mammals in the park include elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, hyena and lion. Cheetah and leopard complete the trio of big cats. Bird life is abundant and you can look forward to an exciting and eventful day of game viewing.
Day 4
Mondjila Safari Camp - Khowareb Schlucht (Fully catered camping)
Having travelled on tar roads the day before, it is time to leave the beaten track behind and enjoy the thrills of off-road driving... The Khowareb Schlucht serves as a spectacular "entrance" to the area known as the Kaokoland. The Schlucht is a narrow gorge, approximately 21 kilometres in length, created by glaciers carving out a spectacular mountain scenery. The Schlucht holds water for most of the year and it is not uncommon to encounter a variety of game species in the area. You can look forward to an evening around the campfire while your guide prepares dinner on an open fire...
Day 5
Khowareb Schlucht - Puros Community Camp, Hoariseb River (Fully catered camping)
Ephemeral Rivers are the heartthrob of the Kaokoland. These rivers are dry for most of the year but during the rainy season flash floods cause strong torrents of water to flow westwards. Groundwater in these riverbeds is relatively shallow providing nourishment to both plants and animals alike. We follow the Hoanib Riverbed from Sesfontein, in a westerly direction providing an excellent opportunity to encounter the elusive desert adapted elephants and other big game, including giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu. Leaving the Hoanib River behind, we'll cross the Ganias Flats before reaching our camp on the banks of the Hoariseb River, late afternoon.
Day 6
Hoariseb River (Fully catered camping)
The Hoariseb Riverbed is probably Kaokoland's most spectacular watercourse in terms of both scenery and fauna. A spring close to our camp attracts a variety of game, including elephants. The Hoariseb River is also home to a pride of free roaming desert lions, which in recent times, have been spotted on a regular basis. Attractions include the Puros Poort (a narrow gorge downstream from our camp), the Jan Joubert Koppie, which offers stunning views over the Hoariseb Valley and a nearby Himba village.
Day 7
Puros Community Camp - Camp Xaragu, Damaraland (Fully catered camping)
Hundreds of millions of years ago, volcanoes and floods formed this wild and beautiful landscape. The Burnt Mountain, the Valley of the Organ Pipes and the Petrified Forest all bear testimony to very unique and interesting geological processes - laid bare by time. Twyfelfontein is home to some of the oldest rock engravings in the world. From our base at Camp Xaragu, we experience the remarkable scenic beauty of a heritage that now belongs to all of mankind.
Day 8
Exploring the Twyfelfontein Area (Fully catered camping)
The area around Twyfelfontein has much to offer! Today we visit the Rock Engravings, the Valley of the Organ Pipes, the Burnt Mountain and conclude a "game-drive" in the Huab Riverbed.
Day 9
Camp Xaragu - Etotongwe Lodge, Outjo (Chalets, DBB)
Returning to "civilisation" we head east to the small town of Outjo where we spend the night in the Etotongwe Lodge, situated just outside of town.
Day 10
Etotongwe Lodge, Outjo - Windhoek Airport
After breakfast we leave for Windhoek Airport where your guide drops you, in time for your departure flight.
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