Epupa & Ovahimba Experience – Guided Mobile Camping Safari – 5 days / 4 nights

EPUPA & OVAHIMBA EXPERIENCE
GUIDED MOBILE CAMPING SAFARI ACCOMMODATED TOUR
Start Damaraland / End Damaraland
DRY SEASON: APRIL – DECEMBER 
BOOKING CODE: PTS03 – D
5 days / 4 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!

Departure from Grootberg Lodge (or similar) via Sesfontein to a number of Ovahimba settlements in the Kaokoland and to the Epupa Waterfalls on the mighty Kunene River. Enjoy overnight camping on the banks of the magical waterfalls and day time walks to explore the surroundings. Return to Grootberg Lodge (or similar) on day four via Fort Sesfontein.

Due to the annual rains the routing for this safari has to be altered as most of the dry rivers flood, and some roads become impossible to drive on. The following itinerary is an indication of the route which will be followed during the rainy season, but will be subject to change without prior notice, depending on road and weather conditions.

ITINERARY

Day 1:
Early morning breakfast and departure from a lodge in the Damaraland area – (Palmwag Lodge, Doro Nawas, Grootberg Lodge or similar). Head in a northerly direction past some Herero villages at Anabib en route to Kaoko Otavi, an old Dorsland trek settlement, to the southwest of Opuwo. Encounter with the first nomadic Ovahimba tribe. After a brief stop in Kaoko Otavi, the safari continues in a westerly direction via smaller Ovahimba settlements and villages. Camp for the night is erected in the picturesque Hoarusib river valley, a dry riverbed coursing through this barren land of the Ovahimbas.
Camping on a full board basis on the banks of the Hoarusib river

Day 2:
From here the trail follows the ancient river bed in a northerly direction into the centre of Kaokoland. Various encounters with local Ovahimba herdsmen and their families en route. The trail leads over beautiful mountain ranges and densely vegetated river beds on its way towards the Kunene River. Another night of wild camping in true nature in this untouched barren piece of the beautiful north western Kaokoland.
Camping on a full board basis

Day 3:
Today the safari reaches its prize destination, the 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.
Camping on a full board basis in the Epupa Falls area

Day 4:
Pack up camp and head back south into central Kaokoland past the village of Okangwati, a village and major trading station of the Himba and Herero living in this area. Short refueling stop at the town of Opuwo before continuing further south into the Otjomatemba area, a tranquil and very scenic part of southern Kaokoland.
Camping on a full board basis

Day 5:
The journey continues towards Sesfontein with a short visit to the former colonial German fort – Fort Sesfontein. Picnic lunch en route with brief visit and swim at the Ongongo waterfall in the Warmquelle area. Late afternoon arrival at the Lodge in time to settle down for a relaxing sundowner.

EPUPA- AND OVAHIMBA EXPERIENCE (5 days / 4 nights – CAMPING TOUR) – PTS03


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:
• Rates as per rate sheet – minimum 4 pax – maximum 8 pax
• For 2 and 3 pax the surcharge applies
• 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
• Accommodation pre- and post the camping section is not included. Guests have to overnight in the vicinity (either Palmwag Lodge or Grootberg Lodge) and will be collected up at either one of the lodges for the moble camping trip. Alternatively if guests have different accommodation on the first and last night, they will drive to Palmwag Lodge and leave their vehicle there and return to Palmwag Lodge again at the end of their mobile camping safari

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.