Nomadic Namibia Safari

Mobile Camping Adventure in Remote North-Westerly Koakoland

Damaraland, Skeleton Coast and Kaokaoveld

Duration: 10 nights

Price: From £3,550 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers, transportation, experiences as stated and taxes

A rare and special experience, this camping safari in Namibia takes you to the isolated north-western regions, where few other souls – let alone travellers – ever venture. Get ready for the most humbling of scenery in Kaokoveld, and feel dwarfed by rugged mountains as you roam the endless expanses; set up camp beside the Epupa Falls, where you’ll stargaze beneath Namibia’s immaculate equatorial sky, and then – just as you’ve forgotten civilisation altogether – meet the fascinating Ovahimba, who live their nomadic lifestyle amidst this stark and beautiful terrain.
Perfect forCouples or groups of friends who want a wilderness adventure with serious bragging rights.
In the knowFor some relaxation after your adventure, why not add a couple of nights at the end at Little Kulala, Sossusvlei?

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  • Off the Beaten Track

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1 nightGROOTBERG PASS

Having flown in to Swakopmund, you’ll be greeted by your guides and fellow campers (never more than six in a group), and then plunge straight into your nomadic adventure as you’re driven by 4x4 up the Atlantic Coast, and towards the remote northern regions of Koakoveld. For an invigorating introduction, you’ll first visit Henties Bay where ghost crab scuttle along the windswept coastline; head on to Cape Cross to see a huge colony of seals, and then continue to the southern Skeleton Coast with its desolately beautiful beaches, bleached whale bones, and rusting shipwrecks. Heading east in the afternoon, you’ll experience the stark transition as you move from the Namib Desert into the Damaraland Highlands, and are greeted by rugged valleys and huge red boulders that pepper the landscape. To top off your first day, you’ll arrive at Grootberg Lodge, which perches magnificently atop the Grootberg Pass, and enjoy sublime views over the purple tinged hills as you sip a well-earned sundowner.
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1 nightOPUWO

After a night of relaxation at Grootberg Lodge, the camping part of your journey begins: heading further north through central Damaraland, the Khowarib Gorge, and on to Opuwo in Koakaveld where you’ll spend your first night. Along the way, you’ll encounter yet more ruggedly beautiful scenery, and perhaps pass a group of roaming Ovahimba who live nomadically according to ancient tradition in this remote part of the country. Then it’s time for your first spine-tingling night of fly-camping (in spacious dome tents that have a bucket shower and long-drop toilet per camper), with the intense silence broken by unknown calls of the bush, and amazing stargazing to be had beneath Namibia’s immaculate night skies.
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1 nightEPUPA FALLS

You’ll now drive on via the village of Okangwati, passing yet more Ovahimba with their herds of cattle and goat, and then arrive at the Epupa Falls which lies on the border between Namibia and Angola. Scattered with wild fig trees, bulging baobabs, and waving palms, this area surrounding the Kunene River is a breathtaking oasis where you can cool off with a dip in the pools, do some bird watching, and then spend another night camping beside one of the beautiful falls.
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2 nightsCENTRAL KOAKOLAND

After a hearty breakfast, you’ll set off once again and spend the next two and a half days exploring the valleys of central Kaokoland. This is where you’ll finally get a chance to meet the Ovahimba people, who’ll give you a warm welcome to their perfect domed-shaped mud houses, teach you about their ancient customs, and perhaps treat you to some of their home cooking. By night you’ll spend another night camping beneath the stars, not far from the Ovahimba’s village.
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2 nightsHARTMANN VALLEY

Once again, you’ll wake up to Namibia’s mesmerising desert sunrises which change from red, to orange, to pink; take a bone-rattling drive along the notorious Van Zyl’s Pass which winds through the largest mountains in the area, and then feel dwarfed as you soak up the views of the fertile Marienfluss Riverbed. Beyond this, the landscape suddenly transforms into endless expanses of grass plains, where oryx, springbok, ostrich, and zebra graze, before leaping back through the heat haze into the Serra Cafema Mountain Range which forms the border between Namibia and Angola. Spend the next two nights on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann Valley, where you’ll hike the dramatic gorges, the lunar-like dune fields, and isolated parts of the region where not a single other human roams.
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1 nightPALMWAG

Bid farewell to the Kunene River, and embark on your return journey to Palmwag. This will take you down the border with the Skeleton Coast, where you’ll encounter yet more contrasting landscapes that are characterised by the mixture of desert and coastal air. Hopefully you’ll also get to spot the rare desert elephant which are some of the largest you will ever see, before spending a night camping beside the Hoarusib River.
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1 nightHOANIB RIVER VALLEY

Heading further south into the Hoanib River Valley, this is where the scenery becomes really jagged with abundant tree growth, and is an exhilarating experience to pass over in your 4x4. On your final night of camping, you’ll imprint the eerie but unforgettable sounds of the desert by night, the blanket of infinite stars, and perhaps the thrilling experience of having elephants roam right past your tent.
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1 nightGROOTBERG PASS

A last drive back to Grootberg Lodge, and you can spend the day easing your muscles after all the trekking, and enjoying the magnificent sunset from the pool. The following day, you’ll squeeze in one last day-trip to the rock paintings of Twyfelfontein, and the deserted mining town of “Burnt Mountain,” before making the final journey back to Swakopmund where you’ll catch your return flight home.
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