NORTH WEST NAMIBIA: KUNENE WILDLIFE & CULTURE

DURATION: 7 days / 6 nights 

1 night camping at Wereldsend, 1 night Bush camping in the Hoanib, 1 night camping at Puros Community Camp Site, 2 nights Etambura Camp, 1 night Ganamub Mountain Camp

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Immerse yourself in the sounds & scents of an African night around a crackling campfire

  • Learn about Himba people and stay in Namibia's first  Himba owned camp settlement. 

  • Look for the desert adapted black rhino with expert guides 


ITINERARY

Day 1  

You will be picked up either in Windhoek or Swakopmund and travel to Wereldsend, historic base camp of IRDNC (Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation). See the
graveyard of bones, a reminder of the massive commercial poaching of the 70s and
early 1980s that came close to wiping out the desert adapted elephant, black rhino and
other megafauna. You will camp at Wereldsend, which is not a camp site open to anyone. The friendly and  professional back‐up crew will set up camp and prepare a mouth watering dinner over an open fire to welcome you on your first night in the bush.

Overnight:  Camping at Wereldsend

Day 2

You have an early start with Torra Conservancy game guards looking for desert‐adapted black rhino and other fascinating animals and plants. Later you head north via the village of Sesfontein. The remainder of the day is spent exploring, searching for elephants, lions, giraffe, oryx and other wildlife which seasonally use this ephemeral river’s resources. In the late afternoon you climb out of the river bed and make your camp at the foot of high hills providing you with  a fantastic view across the Hoanib Valley.   

Overnight:  Bush camping in the Hoanib

Day 3

Your morning will be spent searching for elephants, lions, giraffe, oryx and other wildlife which seasonally use this magnificent ephemeral river’s resources.  Then you head north, across magnificent landscape, towards the 3568 square kilometre Puros Conservancy. 
Spend the evening around the campfire in the Puros Conservancy Campsite, where elephants may stroll past your tent.  

Overnight:  Camping at Puros Community Camp Site

Day 4

You take a scenic drive up the Hoarusib River, cross the flank of the Etendeka
Mountains and descend into the Khumib dry riverbed.  Your route, through dramatic landscapes, passes small Himba settlements. Your destination for the next two nights is “Etambura Camp”,  Namibia’s first Himba‐owned camp. 

Overnight:  Etambura Camp

Day 5

Today’s emphasis is on the interesting and intricate culture of the local Himba
people. Understand the challenges of living in an arid and harsh environment and see the fascinating adaptations that one needs to make to survive as an individual and society in such circumstances.  

Overnight:  Etambura Camp
 

Day 6

After a hearty breakfast, you head south, traversing vast and silent plains.
You once pause briefly in Puros, before following the course of the Gomatum River and cross the spectacular Giribis Plains with its mysterious  Fairy Circles.  You overnight at Sesfontein Conservancy’s Ganamub Mountain Camp built on a hillside among granite boulders.

Overnight:  Ganamub Mountain Camp

Day 7

After an early breakfast you travel via Sesfontein and past the game‐rich
Palmwag Concession area.  Your route then takes you through the Skeleton Coast
Park and southwards to Swakopmund. This is a stark, but stunning, landscape conjuring up images of shipwrecks and drama.


COSTS AND DETAILS

Prices from: £ 1434.00 per person sharing

Dates Available/ best time of year: All year round

INCLUDED

Breakfasts, light lunches, snacks, dinners, Alcoholic and non‐alcoholic beverages
Pick‐up Swakopmund and Drop‐off Swakopmund

EXCLUDED

Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 7 in Swakopmund, Flights to and from Namibia, Transport to Windhoek/Swakopmund prior to the safari and transport from Swakopmund to Windhoek at the end of the  safari (Shuttles are available from Swakopmund to Windhoek, these are reliable and good value for money).