Discover Kaokaland – Guided Mobile Camping & Lodge Safari – 12 days / 11 nights

DISCOVER KAOKOLAND
GUIDED MOBILE CAMPING & LODGE SAFARI ACCOMMODATED TOUR INCL. ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Start Swakopmund / End Windhoek
BOOKING CODE: PTS01
12 Days/ 11 Nights

Namibia’s spectacular scenic beauty and diverse flora and fauna can only be truly appreciated on an adventurous camping safari into the remote and isolated regions far off the normal tourist route. Daylight hours filled with discovery and the night spent under a blanket of stars with the unique sound of the African bush for company. The joy of camping in Namibia is being able to get off the beaten track to experience the beautiful wilderness and nature.

We keep social responsibility in mind when planning and guiding trips. We support sustainable tourism and design safaris that have a positive impact on both the client and the indigenous people we meet. All our guides are dedicated conservationists with an intimate knowledge of the fauna, flora and cultures of the region. They love their country, have been raised in it and know what is has to offer. They speak three languages and are able to communicate with the ethnic groups of Namibia. All our safaris are offered on a non-participating basis with the entire camping equipment supplied by us (see inclusions below). … When the road ends, our journey starts!

ITINERARY

Day 1:
Departure from Swakopmund along the Atlantic Coast towards the North. Visit the lichen fields near Wlotzka’s Baken to inspect a shipwreck before continuing to Henties Bay, a small holiday resort. Onwards to the seal colony at Cape Cross. After visiting the seals, the journey continues via Ugabmund to the southern Skeleton Coast Park. We leave the Skeleton Coast Park in the early afternoon via Springbok Water and you can experience the harsh transition from the Namib Desert to the Damaraland highlands with its impressive landscape and ragged valleys. Here one can perhaps sight the first springbok, zebra and Oryx and, with some luck, the desert elephants. Overnight stay in bungalows at Palmwag Lodge or similar. After enjoying a drink and a delicious supper, you can luxuriate in the Lodge’s cosy atmosphere and let the day’s impressions sink in.

Day 2:
This safari leads into the 5500 square kilometre private Concession Area of Palmwag Lodge. Breathtaking landscapes in mountainous area teeming with game welcome the guest – the famous desert elephant, zebras, springbok, Oryx, giraffe, ostrich, jackal, hyena and occasionally the endangered Black Rhino and famous desert lion, provide excellent photographic opportunity for wildlife photography in this vast open infrastructure less wilderness area. Tonight’s camp will be erected in the wild. Enjoy a refreshing drink while the guide prepares the meal on an open fire and absorb the day’s experiences.

Day 3:
After breakfast enjoy a short hike for a brief inspection of the night’s game activities around camp. The journey continues into the upper Mudorib River with a good chance of encountering black rhino or desert elephant in this dry and harsh desert environment. Arrive in the Hoanib River, a dry river bed densely overgrown with nutritious acacia trees providing the necessary fodder for the desert adapted elephant. Camp will be set up in one of the side tributaries of the Hoanib River.

Day 4:
Today we will enjoy a full day game drive on the lookout for more animals that made this part of the world their home. We overnight in the same camp as we did the previous night.

Day 5:
In the early morning we continue our journey to the western part of Kaokoland. Again the client experiences the primitive but interesting lifestyle and tradition while visiting the traditional villages en route. The usual reception from the Ovahimba is friendly and most of them are willing to engage in conversation. Today’s routing will lead the group via Purros to the Khumib valley. We camp here tonight and conclude this day with a sundowner while enjoying the last rays of sun around the fire pit.

Day 6:
Heading east towards Opuwo, enjoy the breathtaking surrounds of Sanitatas and the Tonnesen Mountains with yet more opportunity to encounter plains game en-route. Meet various Ovahimba herdsmen and their stock on the move in search for better grazing areas. We reach the Ovivero dam, a small depression that contains water, used by man and animals alike.
We put up our overnight camp here.

Day 7:
Driving past the village of Okangwati, we reach Epupa Falls on the mighty Kunene River, which forms the border between Namibia and Angola. Enough time is spent to explore the majestic falls on an adventurous walk along the falls followed by a welcoming swim in one of the upper rapids of the falls. Camp is pitched on the banks of the Kunene River.

Day 8:
In the morning we drive along the river bank, exploring this fascinating area. Travel meander with the river through mountains and valleys. Receive a friendly and warm welcome from the inhabitants of the Ovahimba settlement. Learn about the ancient customs and way of life of this fascinating tribe and explore the village with its traditional huts. In the late afternoon we will return to our overnight camp.

Day 9:
This morning we depart early and drive via the small town of Opuwo on to Hobatere Lodge located in the #Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy where we overnight in lodge rooms. Hobatere offers the visitor the opportunity to experience game drives in open vehicles and nature walks with well-knowledgeable rangers. Early morning and night drives are part of the activities on offer where many nocturnal animals, such as aardvark, cape fox, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, genet and many more are encountered.

Day 10 and 11:
Today, we enter the western side of Etosha National Park at Galton Gate, past the research station of Otijivazandu. We will enjoy full day game viewing while driving through the park towards Okaukuejo rest camp in the centre of the park. We leave the park at Anderssons Gate to check-in to Andersson’s Camp in the late afternoon, where we will overnight for two nights and enjoy game drives within Ongava’s own private reserve, as well as and Etosha National Park

Day 12:
We bid farewell to Ongava and return to Windhoek via Okahandja – Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practice their ancient skills at the Woodcarvers Market next to the main road. This is a great place to stop for those wishing to pick up their last souvenir. Arrival in Windhoek in the late afternoon.

DISCOVER KAOKOLAND (12 days / 11 nights – CAMPING TOUR) – PTS01

minimum 4 participants; maximum 8 participants 

INCLUDED:
• Travelling costs as per itinerary; game drives, activities, entrance and park fees
• Accommodation in comfortable double dome tents / double rooms
• Mobile Camping Equipment:
o Sleeping rolls, which consist of a comfortable canvas zip up cover with comfortable mattress, proper duvets, cushion, towels and linen.
o Camping fold up beds.
o Electric tent lantern and bedside table.
o Fold up canvas washing stand.
o Solar bucket showers (1x for every 4 guests).
o Long-drop bush toilets (1x for every 4 guests).
o Three wholesome meals are served daily at table. Breakfast is “full English” style. Lunch consists of cold meats, cheese, salads, pickles, fresh vegetables and fruit. Dinner is a tasty warm meal cooked on open fire. At dinner, wine and beer are included as are sundowner drinks for toasting the end of another great day on safari.
• We use comfortable custom built non-air-conditioned Land Rovers and Toyota land Cruisers guaranteeing each client a window seat with in a guide plus 4, 5, 6 or 7 clients seat configuration. Each vehicle is equipped with a fridge to keep drinks cold and food fresh.
• Full board
• Refreshment drinks en route
• House wine and beer at dinner whilst camping
• Experienced guiding in English or German
• VAT and Bed levy

EXCLUDED:
• Expenses of a personal nature, i.e. laundry, telephone, gratuities, souvenirs, etc.
• Personal, medical and evacuation insurances;
• Additional activities
• Alcoholic beverages and drinks

PLEASE NOTE:
• Minimum 4 pax – maximum 8 pax
• It is compulsory for all guests to have comprehensive cancellation, default, baggage, emergency evacuation and medical insurance for the duration of the trip
• The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary

Mobile Camping Safaris

Namibia’s spectacular scenic beauty and diverse flora and fauna can only be truly appreciated on an adventurous camping safari into the remote and isolated regions far off the normal tourist route. Daylight hours filled with discovery and the night spent under a blanket of stars with the unique sound of the African bush for company.

For more than 20 years our operators have been organizing lodge and camping safaris in Namibia offering all the excitement of a true African experience backed by the local expertise to make it a truly memorable trip.

We keep social responsibility in mind when planning and guiding trips. We support sustainable tourism and design safaris that have a positive impact on both the client and the indigenous people we meet.

All our guides are dedicated conservationists with an intimate knowledge of the fauna, flora and cultures of the region. They love their country, have been raised in it and know what is has to offer. They speak three languages and are able to communicate with the ethnic groups of Namibia.

All our safaris are offered on a non-participating basis with the entire camping equipment supplied by us. Standard equipment includes:

• Comfortable dome tents.
• Sleeping rolls, which consist of a comfortable canvas zip up cover with comfortable mattress, proper duvets, cushion, towels and linen.
• Camping fold up beds.
• Electric tent lantern and bedside table.
• Fold up canvas washing stand.
• Solar bucket showers (1x for every 4 guests).
• Long-drop bush toilets (1x for every 4 guests).

Three wholesome meals are served daily at table. Breakfast is “full English” style. Lunch consists of cold meats, cheese, salads, pickles, fresh vegetables and fruit. Dinner is a tasty warm meal cooked on open fire. At dinner, wine and beer are included as are sundowner drinks for toasting the end of another great day on safari.

We use comfortable custom built non-air-conditioned Land Rovers and Toyota land Cruisers guaranteeing each client a window seat with in a guide plus 4, 5, 6 or 7 clients seat configuration. Each vehicle is equipped with a fridge to keep drinks cold and food fresh.

The joy of camping in Namibia is being able to get off the beaten track to experience the beautiful wilderness and nature.