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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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