No Experience Needed & suitable for families with older children. Only 12 Places.
Travel from the stunning Skeleton Coast, up to the lands of the incredible Himba tribes. We will spend time with these beautiful and remarkable people, learning about their culture in a way that few others have the privilege to do, Then continue East to the spectacular Etosha National Park, our favorite wildlife sanctuary in Southern Africa. The wildlife viewing here is second to none and photographers are guaranteed those close up shots that we all dream about.
Finally our expedition brings you to the Nyae Nyae Conservancy to stay with our San Bushman friends. You will experience all of their traditional skills, immerse yourself in their wonderful culture and have the opportunity to accompany them on a bush walk into the heart of the Kalahari Desert where we will camp under the shelter of some of the largest Baobab trees in Namibia, and learn how to track game and live off the land, if only for a night.
£3300 GBP incl tax
- Join us on an inspirational journey from the magnificent Namibian Coast to the rich and varied interior and on to the heart of the Kalahari Desert to meet the people and wildlife that are the very essence of Africa.
Explore the beautiful scenery and fascinating culture of Namibia with our Himba, Herero and San bushman guides, learn to survive in the wilderness with the traditional skills that our ancestors used and enjoy the opportunity to view some of the most amazing wildlife in the world.
This expedition is open to everyone and will particularly appeal to people who wish to connect with nature, learn indigenous skills and explore a more traditional way of life.
Photographers will have plenty of opportunities to shoot wildlife, spectacular landscapes and portraits of the Himba and San Bushmen.
- THE SKELETON COAST
LAND OF THE HIMBA
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
The Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s best-loved wildlife sanctuaries. It is a photographer’s paradise and offers amazing game viewing, especially during the dry season. We will be camping near to some of the many waterholes where you will have the opportunity to see up to 150 species of mammal including the ‘Big 5’. Etosha is also renowned for the huge variety of birdlife, which are attracted to the watering holes, salt pan and surrounding savannah grassland.
GRASHOEK VILLAGE (BUSHMANLAND)
The Ju/’hoansi Bushmen community at Grashoek operate their own living history village in Namibia. Here on the Western edge of the Kalahari desert the people simulate the life and old ways of their ancestors and educate people who visit them in their traditional skills. We will be staying with the Ju/’hoansi San for several days both in the village itself and out in the bush land surrounding Grashoek.
The Nyae Nyae Pan is located a short drive from the village and will be the location for our bushwalk section of the expedition. The area is home to some of the largest baobab trees in Namibia and also to a huge salt pan. We are extremely fortunate to have permission to camp in this area of true bush amongst the many species of wildlife (including elephant and lions!) that it is home to.
- You will need to fly into Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek and arrive the day before the trip commencement date.
From the airport we can help to arrange for your transfer to the hotel, or you will easily find airport transfer buses and taxies from the terminal to the hotels and guesthouses in the area.
- We limit group sizes on all of our adventures, Group sizes limited to 12 on this adventure. Pay your initial deposit below Via PayPal to reserve your spot or contact us and make a deposit in our Barclay’s Bank Account by clicking here. We will then send you a detailed itinerary and booking forms.
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The World Wild Adventure Team
- All our trips have a pre trip arrival day (day 0) and a departure day on either side of the defined trip length, so when you pay for a 12 day trip you get a 12 day trip.
‘Day 0′: Arrive in Windhoek. Expedition briefing in evening.
Everyone flies in by today. All participants will be staying at the same hotel so that you can meet your trip leaders and eat a meal together while receiving a briefing about the trip and making sure everyone is appropriately packed.
Extra gear and bags can be left at the Hotel.
Day 1: Drive to Swakopmund. Stay overnight.
Early morning after a breakfast at the hotel, we will be loading the overland vehicles and driving off early towards the Skeleton Coast and the town of Swakopmund.
Here we will explore the dark past of this town learning of the atrocities and the German regime which helped lead to the rise of Hitler and World War 2. We will go for a sunset drive out along the coast for photos, snacks and sun downers before returning to town.
Tonight we dine at a German Beer House, and sleep in our rooftop tents at the local camp ground.
Day 2: Drive Skeleton Coast
Today we rise early to a camp breakfast and begin our journey along the Skeleton Coast. We stop at the Salt Works just north of Hentiesbaai to see what birds we can find as the morning sunlight burns off the fog. Then we move on to The Cape Cross seal colony and lighthouse for lunch.
After lunch we enter the Skeleton coast park and meander our way along this alien landscape, stopping to walk out on the beach and visit ship wrecks. Our goal for the night is Torra Bay, a summer only campsite right on the coast which is a favorite for fishermen. We will try our luck a procuring fresh fish to cook over the fire for dinner as we watch the sun go down over the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 3: Drive to Purros and the Himba people.
We rise early to the smells of fresh brewed coffee mixed with the sounds of the coastline. Feel free to take an exploratory walk before we eat breakfast. Then we hit the road for a slow drive up into the rugged hills of Kaokoland (Kunene) the last home of the Nomadic Himba People. We camp tonight in the shade of Acacia trees in a desert oasis, and may stumble across elephants, or more likely they may stumble upon us in our campsite. Here we can explore the desert at night and look for signs of life in the lower temperatures, or take time lapse photos of the night sky.
Day 4: Visit with the Herero and Himba communities.
Today we explore the wider area on a cultural sightseeing drive with Robbin our guide. We visit the people of the area, spending time learning about their traditions and their fascinating culture before climbing the coastal mountains to gaze out across the land from up high.
The Himba people are culturally different from their neighbours the Herero, although they share the same language roots, both belonging in the Bantu Language Family. While Herero have encompassed modern clothing and more sedentary farming practices, the Himba men and women still dress in their traditional clothing. Himba women especially, as well as Himba men, are famous for covering themselves with otjize paste, a cosmetic mixture of butterfat and ochre pigment, to cleanse the skin over long periods due to water scarcity. The Himba are Namibia’s last remaining (semi) nomadic people, though that is quickly changing as with the Bushmen of the east.
Tonight we dine in our campsite with a good old fashioned bush Braai (BBQ) and enjoy the desert sounds, before falling asleep in our cozy roof top tents.
Day 5 to 6 Palmwag Elephant Reserve. Stay 2 nights
We will rise at the first light of dawn and take you on a sunrise walk to see the wildlife and to capture stunning images of the landscape, before returning to breakfast. We then hit the road and head south again this time stopping in Palmwag, where we will camp in the roof top tents for the next two nights while exploring the area for rhino and the famous desert elephants, though luck will likely have it, you will find the elephants right outside your campsite.
This concession’s predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park, with over 100 lions, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia’s endemics present. The concession supports a healthy population of desert adapted black rhino and elephants, under the management of the Save the Rhino Trust.
We also have the joys of access to a pool with poolside bar, hiking trails and wild game views right from our camp spot. Meals will be a mix of packed lunches, camp meals and one restaurant meal.
During this stay we will either do a half day rhino tracking trip, or a full day open top vehicle Safari into the area (included in your trip cost).
Day 7: Drive to Etosha National Park
We may well rise to the sound of Elephants eating in the bush around us, enjoying another delicious breakfast before hitting the road again, this time to Etosha.
The park was proclaimed a game reserve on March 22, 1907 in Ordinance 88 by the Governor of German South West Africa, Dr. Friedrich von Lindequist. Etosha National Park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometers (8,600 sq mi) and gets its name from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely within the park. Etosha means “Great White place” which is the color of the Etosha pan. We will explore the park over 3 days and 2 nights, enjoying the proximity and ease of finding wildlife normally elusive and shy in the wild lands. We will camp out in our roof tents, and meals will be a mix of packed lunches, camp meals and one Restaurant meal.
Day 8: Drive to Grashoek. Meet the San people.
The Ju/’hoansi Bushmen community at Grashoek own and operate a living history village. Here on the Western edge of the Kalahari Desert the people simulate the life and old ways of their ancestors and educate people who visit them in their traditional skills. We will be staying with the Ju/’hoansi San for a couple of days both in the village itself and out in the bush land surrounding Grashoek.
Day 9, 10: Grashoek to Nyae Nyae Conservancy & Sleep on the Salt Pan under Baobab Trees
The Nyae Nyae Pan is a short drive from the village and will be the location for our bushwalk section of the expedition.The area is home to some of the largest baobab trees in Namibia and also to a huge salt pan. We are extremely fortunate to have permission to camp in this area of true bush amongst the many species of wildlife that it is home to.
Here we get to watch the sun set while cooking over the fire beneath the Baobab trees. We will watch the stars shine down through a clear desert sky while lying on the salt flats curled up in your sleeping bag. During the day we will track wildlife with our Bushman guides and look for edible plants. This is an experience you will remember forever.
Day 11: Nyae Nyae to Roys Rest Camp.
We will have a slow day leaving Nyae Nyae , enjoying the early morning to watch ostrich run in through the long grass in the early morning light, we will then stop back by Grashoek village to say good bye to our friends and to buy souvenirs, before driving to Roys Rest Camp to enjoy showers, sun-downers and a meal. Tomorrow will be the drive back to Windhoek.
Day 12: Drive back to Windhoek. Hotel Night and Group Dinner at Joe’s Beer house!
Today we drive back to Windhoek, hopefully we have time to stop by some dinosaur footprints and a quick drive through Erindi game park, where we get on last chance to spot our favourite animal. Tonight we all have one last big meal together before we say farewell.
Day 13: Fly Home
The hotel will provide shuttle service to the airport, or we may be able to help you out if your flights are early in morning.