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This is a true wilderness experience, but camping in style. A safari to be regarded as a wilderness adventure, from start to finish. Although accommodation for the greater part of this safari will be camping, it is serviced camping, consisting of walk-in tents with beds, duvets and pillows. The main camp features a campfire, dining table and chairs, with full crockery and cutlery, refrigerators, cold drinks, and freshly prepared meals. Hot showers and eco-friendly toilets are set up, and not a trace of the camp’s presence is left behind after departure. All camps are pitched by an experienced back-up team in advance, set in pristine wilderness, with not a soul in sight, in some of the most remote places in the country.
This adventure safari combines wildlife viewing, birding, Flora, geography, archaeology and traditional, contemporary life, with a little history of the earliest pioneers added, for a rich array of true African experiences. An adventure safari in an area of wild beauty, abundant wildlife and fascinating people.
Some of the highlights to expect in the rugged northwest of Namibia, will be encountering our famous but elusive desert-adapted Elephants; Gemsbok (Oryx), and unexpected sightings of a variety of wildlife, plus a myriad birdlife. Subject to time of year (season), not only the Epupa Waterfall, but also the Ruacana Falls on the Kunene River may be viewed. The traditional, ochre-colored Ova-Himba nomads have made the Kaokoveld their home for at least the last three centuries, and hardly – if ever – leave the area.
Day 1: Meet your host at Namibia’s International airport. Transfer to the peaceful setting of a Game Camp on the outskirts of Windhoek to relax from the long flight and acclimatize to Namibia. Includes: (D).
Day 2: As you experience the change in landscape, stop for lunch en-route. Your first overnight stop is in the shadow of the highest mountain peak in Namibia – the Brandberg of Damaraland. You might end your day with a sundowners drive, or join a nature drive, in search of our elusive Desert Elephants, should the drive be available on the date of your arrival. Nonetheless, there will be ample opportunity to view the Elephants during the remainder of this safari. Includes: (B, L & D).
Day 3: Moving into the rugged Damaraland wilderness, enjoy this pristine landscape, past an old, restored German Fort, used as a police outpost during early German occupation, to arrive at a safari lodge in the heart of Damaraland. Relax during the late afternoon until dinner, before retiring to your comfortable, en-suite safari tent. Includes: (B, L & D).
Days 4 to 10: After a leisurely morning, depart from the lodge with a guide and back-up staff, travelling north to the ONLY town in Kaokoland, Opuwo. Mix with the Himba and Herero women in this bustling market town, before continuing to Ruacana and your first camp on the banks of the Kunene River. After breakfast the next morning, drive west along the river towards Swartbooisdrift and visit a monument in honour of the earliest pioneers, the Dorsland Trekkers (The Thirst land Trekkers), en-route to your next camp on the banks of the Kunene River. The next morning, drive through spectacular scenery, enjoying the palm trees along the banks of the river.
There is always the possibility of sighting crocodiles and many interesting bird species. Arrive at Epupa Falls and end your day by enjoying sundowners at the observation point, overlooking the Falls. A VERY popular riverside lodge will be your accommodation tonight, just a few metres from the falls. This was your last night in the “tame” area of this wilderness, the next day you head further west into the most remote part of the region. Past the very small settlement of Otjitanda, drive on rough tracks until you begin to traverse the Van Zijl’s Pass in the Otjihipa Mountains. Wild camping tonight on a ridge overlooking the Marienfluss, to enjoy what is, arguably, the finest view in Africa.
From here you descend into the Marienfluss and drive north to reach your next campsite on the Kunene River – much further downstream. The following day will produce utter speechlessness as you drive through the endless expanse of the Hartmann’s Valley, where Gemsbok (Oryx) completes the picture in this harsh but beautiful environment. Return via the “Red Drum” to camp at the Khumib River. Your last night’s camping will end at the interesting settlement of Purros, after a day-long drive via the Hoarusib riverbed, one of the “highways” used by the Desert Elephants. Includes: (B, L & D – every day).
Day 11: On the morning of your last day on this wilderness adventure, drive up the Hoanib River, yet again searching for the Elephants – and whatever other wildlife crosses your path - past the old Fort at Sesfontein, and back to your base lodge for a well-deserved and welcome rest in your safari tent. Includes: (B, L & D).
Day 12: A leisurely breakfast and slow start today. Before entirely leaving the northern areas of the Kaokoveld behind, today is the stop-over at the promised Cheetah Conservation Farm - and bush bar. If possible, arrangements will be made for an invitation to the farmstead where you can view and have some inter-action with a few semi-tame Cheetahs. Excellent opportunity for close-up photography! Includes: (B, L & D).
Day 13: The day had arrived to leave the Kaokoveld, albeit reluctantly, and return to Windhoek. At least we won't "remove" you from the wilderness, and simply "dump" you into civilization. Your venue tonight is a Game Ranch en-route to the airport. Should you feel up to it, the owners offer a scenic nature drive, where you may have a final view of our sunset on this, your last night in Namibia, Africa. Includes: (B, L & D).
Day 14: No more can be fitted into these 14 days and, subject to flight departure time, you may have the morning to relax, sort out your luggage, or finish the last few exposures on a spool of film, or space on a memory card. Transfer to Namibia's International airport to arrive in time for your departure flight. Includes: (B, Lunch will be subject to flight schedule).
Note: Days 1 and 14 will always be subject to flight schedule, and may have to be customized to same.
The prices quoted above are only valid until 31 October 2012. The minimum quote indicates six guests travelling together, while the maximum is applicable for only two guests travelling alone.
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