Discover Kaokoland

This itinerary will fire your imagination and stretch your photographic skills. You’ll encounter seal colonies and (hopefully) desert elephants. You’ll cross dry river beds and watch game drink at waterholes. You’ll also be introduced to ancient traditions and contemporary crafts. The Discover Kaokoland tour introduces you to Namibia’s stark and beautiful landscape from Swakopmund to the northern Namibian border and back down to Windhoek.

The Discover Kaokoland itinerary is a 12-day camping journey that starts in Swakopmund and tracks a route through the Namib Desert and Damaraland. Sleep under the stars, see game at its best and learn about the traditions of the Ovahimba people, before heading back to the bright lights of Windhoek

This is a camping tour, so for most of the trip you’ll be as close to nature as you can get. You will have skilled and experienced guides who will be with you every step of the way to make sure you have what you need to be comfortable throughout the trip.
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Highlights
  • Swakopmund
  • Damaraland
  • Kaokoland
  • Kunene River
  • Etosha National Park

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Swakopmund to Damaraland
Day 1

The road hugs the coast before heading inland at Twyfelfontein. You will stop along the way to see a shipwreck and the lichen fields at Wlotzka’s Baken. Travel up to Henties Bay and the seal colony at Cape Cross.

Leave the Skeleton Coast Park by early afternoon, travelling via Ugabmund and Springbokwasser. The landscape changes from desert dunes to rugged highlands as you go deeper into Damaraland, home to the elusive desert elephant. Keep your eyes peeled for these and other animals including springbok, zebra and Oryx. Stay overnight at Palmwag Lodge.

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Bars / RestaurantsChild FriendlySwimming PoolHotel / LodgeGame ViewingOcean Trips
Palmwag Lodge
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Bed & Breakfast
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Palmwag Lodge Concession Area
Day 2

This is a 5 500 square kilometre stretch of mountainous landscape with a rich promise of wonderful game-viewing. Let your eyes and camera wander over the open plains in search of the rare desert elephant and endangered Black Rhino. There’s also a strong chance you’ll see zebra, springbok, Oryx, giraffe, ostrich, jackal and hyena. Tonight you will camp in the wild, eating a meal prepared on an open fire.

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Child FriendlyCampingGame ViewingOff Road / 4x4
Camping in The Wild
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All Inclusive
Location Map
Day 3 AND 4
The Hoanib River

Start the day with a short hike, tracking the spoor of animals who passed in the night before following the Mudarib River, where Black Rhino and desert elephant are often seen. Set up camp in one of a tributary of the dry Hoanib River, where the elephants come to dine on nutritious acacia trees.

Spend the day on a full day game drive, searching for great views of the animals who inhabit the area, before returning to the same camp for the night.

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CampingGame ViewingHikingOff Road / 4x4
Camping
2
All Inclusive
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Western Kaokoland
Day 5

Today is all about immersing yourself to new cultures. Meet members of the Ovahimba tribe, whose welcome is as friendly as their traditions are fascinating. Learn about the tribe’s ancient traditions and get a taste of life in their village. Travel through Purros before camping overnight in the Khumib Valley, arriving in time for a chilled sundowner in the rich orange glow of the setting sun.

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Child FriendlyCampingOff Road / 4x4Cultural Experience
Camping
1
All Inclusive
Location Map
Otjivero Dam
Day 6

Leave your camp at Khumib and head east towards Opuwo. The Sanitas and Tonneson Mountains mark the route with their breath-taking silhouettes; Ovahimba herdsmen go about their business around you, moving their stock to watering holes; and plains game roam unhindered. Your destination is the Otjivero Dam, where you will camp for the night.

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CampingOff Road / 4x4Cultural Experience
Camping
1
All Inclusive
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Kunene River
Day 7 AND 8

The village of Okangwati and the Epupa Falls mark your arrival at the Angola-Namibia border. Take a walk to explore the falls and swim in the upper rapids before pitching a camp on the banks of the Kunene River.

This is another two-night stop at the same camp, so you’ll have a bit more time to explore area. Follow the river’s meandering path through mountains and valleys and meet the residents at another traditional Ovahimba settlement.

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CampingHikingOff Road / 4x4Cultural Experience
Camping
2
All Inclusive
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Khoadi/Hoas Conservancy
Day 9

Your journey takes you through Opuwo to Hobatere Lodge, which is where you’ll stay for the night. Early morning and night-time game drives and nature walks provide a rich source of game-viewing opportunities. Expect to encounter nocturnal animals including aardvark, Cape fox, bat-eared fox, aardwolf and genet, among others.

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Hobatere Lodge
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Half Board
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Etosha National Park
Day 10 AND 11

One of the most famous in the world, the Etosha National Park is a must-see. Enter at Galton Gate, on the park’s western side, past the Otijivazandu research station, where you’ll spend the full day viewing game. Andersson’s Camp is your home for the last two nights of this tour of a lifetime, and the last days of game-viewing in both the Ongava private reserve and the Etosha National Park.

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Bars / RestaurantsChild FriendlySwimming PoolHotel / LodgeGame Viewing
Andersson's Camp
2
Half Board
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Windhoek
Day 12

On your last day, travel on from Ongava to Windhoek, stopping at Okahandja along the way. This is where you’ll find the Woodcarver’s Market and the woodcarvers who practice their skills passed down through generations. This is where the tour ends, but you’re sure to remember it for a lifetime.

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