Track Desert Elephants & Black Rhino + Ovahimba experience – guided mobile camping safari – 4 days / 3 nights

ON THE TRACKS OF DESERT ELEPHANTS AND BLACK RHINO AND OVAHIMBA EXPERIENCE
GUIDED CAMPING SAFARI ACCOMMODATED TOUR 
BOOKING REF: PTS 04
4 days / 3 nights
Mobile guided camping safari

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!

Depart from Grootberg Lodge (or similar) in the early morning. The next four days will be spent tracking down the famous desert elephant as well as the threatened black rhino in the 5000 km² private concession area of Palmwag Lodge. From there, the routing follows into the Hoarusib River, where there are good opportunities to encounter the desert adapted elephant and lion. We also visit a Himba village. Your return journey takes you through Fort Sesfontein towards Grootberg Lodge (or similar) to overnight and relax after these breathtaking experiences.

ITINERARY

Day 1:
This safari starts from the Palmwag area and the trail leads into the 5000 square kilometre private Concession Area of Palmwag Lodge. Breathtaking landscapes in mountainous area teeming with game welcome the guest – springbok, Oryx, kudu, ostrich, jackal, zebra, giraffe, hyena, occasionally lion, leopard and cheetah provide excellent photographic opportunity for wildlife photography in this vast open infrastructure less wilderness area. With a bit of luck encounter the endangered Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis) and the famous Desert Elephant, which roam the area in absolute freedom. The trail continues through game rich valleys and river beds, through gorges and past springs in search of a fresh track of black rhino or desert elephant. If lucky, we follow the guide for a few kilometres on foot and hopefully have the opportunity to enjoy the spellbinding experience of finding the rhino or the elephant in its natural habitat. Depending on game activities, the camp will be erected in the wild in the Hunkab spring area. Sip a refreshing drink while the guide prepares the meal on an open fire and absorb the day’s experiences.

Day 2:
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. Optimal chances to encounter one of the breeding herds of these giant creatures during the following game viewing drives through the valleys and side arms of this unique natural paradise.

Day 3:
After an early breakfast we will spend a relaxing day exploring the Hoanib River Valley. Good opportunity to encounter plains game,
desert-adapted lions and elephant.

Day 4:
Start of the return journey via Sesfontein and a local Himba village. Brief visit at the village of Sesfontein and its fort, a previous Schutztruppe outpost of the former German colonial time and its six natural springs providing the village with fresh water. The tour ends back at a lodge in the Palmwag area later afternoon.

DESERT ELEPHANTS, BLACK RHINO AND OVAHIMBA (4 days / 3 nights – CAMPING TOUR) – PTS04

minimum 4 participants; maximum 8 participants 

INCLUDED:
• Travelling costs as per itinerary; game drives, activities, entrance- and park fees
• Accommodation in two-man tents / double rooms
• 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 with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 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.