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This outdoor adventure offers an eight-day, 120km (75 miles) hiking trail which has earned itself the reputation of being one of Southern Africa's most demanding routes. With its steep ascents and rocky terrain under-foot, this mountain trail demands a high degree of physical fitness. The rewards, however, are beyond words. The trail traverses the rugged Naukluft Mountains on the edge of the Namib Desert. Hikers will encounter secluded gorges, sparkling mountain pools and breathtaking views. While antelope such as Kudu, Gemsbok (Oryx), Springbok and Klipspringer all make this mountain their home, hikers will also experience one of the richest concentrations of bird life in Southern Namibia.
Although this hike is published by the Namibian Ministry of Nature Conservation and Tourism as an unguided hike, and they set the minimum/maximum number of hikers per group, as well as a fixed cost per hiker, we offer this hiking adventure in the company of an experienced hiking guide – resulting in the lower minimum requirement of two hikers, instead of three, as stipulated by the Ministry.
Camp meals - while on the hike - was also included in the past, but due to the many different sensitive culinary requirements by so many people, this service had been discontinued. Hikers will have the opportunity to buy their own trail-mix and mealtime supplies, on the day of their arrival in Windhoek. The same applies to sleeping bags, rucksacks/hiking backpacks and towels – too many complaints and dissatisfaction was encountered. (eg. The supplied rucksacks were often not suitable to all hikers, comfort wise). Please bring these items of your choice. The remainder of camping gear and utensils needed on the trail, will be supplied. (Tents are not required, as there are roofed shelters for every night).
Day 1: Meet your host at Namibia’s International airport and transfer to Windhoek for an afternoon's shopping and browsing before settling into a comfortable safari tent on the outskirts of Windhoek to relax and acclimatize to Namibia. Dinner is included for tonight.
Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast, and maybe a few last minute purchases, travel along the perimeter of the Khomas Hochland on the first leg of your journey. Enjoy a picnic lunch en-route. Reach the base camp early afternoon, check and familiarize yourself with the hiking gear, while your camp dinner is being prepared over the open fire (included in price).
Day 3: The trail starts at the Hiker's Haven near the Naukluft campsite and except for two fairly steep ascents, the first day's hike covers easy terrain. Much of the trail follows a Mountain Zebra path with an easy gradient and the hiker is rewarded with spectacular views of the wide valley some 300 m below. The overnight stop, Putte, takes its name from the nearby well which is equipped with a hand pump, enabling hikers to obtain water. About six hours are required to hike this 14km (8.75 miles) section. (Day one of hike – own trail packs and meals).
Day 4: The second day's hike mainly traverses the undulating plateau, and once again requires about six hours to complete the 15 km (5 miles) stretch. About three hours after setting off, Bergpos is reached and the trail now descends down the spectacular Ubusis Kloof. Several chains have been anchored at points which are otherwise difficult to negotiate. Ubisis Hut is your next overnight stop. (Day two of hike - own trail packs and meals).
Day 5: On the third day's hike, after backtracking to Bergpos, an easy route is followed across the plateau to the Adlerhorst Shelter. Keep an eye out for Mountain Zebra and Kudu which can often be spotted in this area. The day's hike covers about 12 km (7.5 miles) and requires about four to six hours. (Day three of hike - own trail packs and meals).
Day 6: The fourth day's trail to Tsams Ost covers 17 km (10.63 miles) and initially traverses fairly level terrain before branching off into the beautiful gorge carved by the Tsams River. After following the kloof for some distance, the trail leaves the river and climbs steeply to bypass a waterfall before winding down to the river again where an enormous Moringa tree, with a circumference of close on 4 m, is passed. A number of beautiful springs are passed shortly before reaching the campsite at Tsams Ost and the final two km to the Tsams Ost Shelter is along a gravel road. (Day four of hike - own trail packs and meals). [Spare clothes and the next four days’ meals can be left with your host, who will meet up at this point to remove un-needed clothing, rubbish carried up to this point, and hand over what is in his/her possession. Hikers wishing to leave the hiking trail now, may do so at this point – at an additional cost per day for the following four days’ alternative accommodation, until the original hike is completed by those remaining on the trail].
Day 7: The fifth day's hike to Die Valle covers about 17 km (10.63 miles) and six to seven hours are needed to complete this section. From the shelter the trail ascends steeply up Broekskeur and then traverses undulating terrain covered with patches of Euphorbias, Quiver- and Moringa trees to Fonteinpomp where water bottles can be topped up. The final 11 km follows a fairly level route along a river valley. (Day five of hike - own trail packs and meals).
Day 8: On the sixth day the trail leads towards the Die Valle Waterfall, a magnificent sight, despite being usually dry. For a short while you climb steeply to a contour path which leads to the top of the 200 m high waterfall. From here the trail follows the narrow gorge carved by the river and continues to gain altitude, before making its way down the Arbeid Adelt Valley. Approximately 16 km (10 miles) is covered between Die Valle and Tufa Shelter and about six hours are required. (Day six of hike - own trail packs and meals).
Day 9: Day seven begins with a steep ascent up a well-vegetated kloof where a chain assists hikers to scale a waterfall. After about three hours the plateau is reached and from Bakenkop the hiker is rewarded with an Angel's View! Magnificent vistas of the valley carved by the Tsondab River some 600 m below. The trail then winds over Kapokvlakte, where Springbok and sometimes Gemsbok (Oryx) can be seen, before reaching Kapokvlakte Shelter. About five hours are required to complete this 14 km (8.75 miles) leg. (Day seven of hike - own trail packs and meals).
Day 10: The final day's hike covers about 16 km (10 miles) and is hiked in about five hours. After following a jeep track for about 3.5 km (2.2 miles) the trail traverses a watershed before descending into the Naukluft River by way of a tributary. On reaching the Naukluft River, you can cool off in any of a number of crystal clear pools. This section follows the onward route of the Waterkloof day trail and from the first pool it is about 40 minutes to the Hiker's Haven. Relax around a camp fire, while dinner is being prepared. (Day eight of hike).
Day 11: Return to Windhoek and arrive at the airport in time for your return flight. (Departure time from the base camp, and lunch, subject to flight departure time - only possible for late afternoon or evening flight). For morning or mid-day return flight: (The itinerary changes to days 11 and 12).
Day 11: Return to Windhoek and settle into a small Game Lodge en-route to the airport for the night on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Relax, and enjoy a final glimpse of our sunset on this, your last night in Namibia, Africa.
Day 12: Subject to flight departure time, enjoy an early morning nature hike on the premises, or simply relax on a pool chair and view wildlife at the water-hole. Transfer to Namibia's International airport to arrive in time for your departure flight.
Rates quoted above are for the 12-day safari. For the 11-day safari, the minimum is US$1,595.00 and the maximum is US$2,970.00. Minimum prices quoted indicate six guests booking and hiking together, while maximum prices are charged when only two guests hike alone with the guide. ALL prices are only valid until 15 October 2012.
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