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Northern Namibia and Skeleton Coast 4x4 Trip

Together we discover this sparsely populated part of Namibia that fascinates travellers because of the possibility of seeing some of the rare desert elephants or black rhinos.
Formerly known as Kaokaland, the fabulous mountains and the traditional Himbas add to the adventure of discovering Kunene, as it is now known. Damaraland is picture perfect with highlights such as Twyfelfontain, with rock art, the Petrified Forest, and the Brand Berg.
We then depart Damaraland, en route to the breath-taking Skeleton Coast, where we enter the little-known Messum Crater to experience and discover what few people have encountered.

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$2,234

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Duration

12 days

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  • What's included :
    • 10x Breakfast
    • 9x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 11 nights
    • Entry/Admission - Okaukuejo waterhole
    • Entry/Admission - Kunene River Lodge
    • Entry/Admission - Epupa Falls
    What's excluded :
    • Entry/Admission - Twyfelfontein
    • Entry/Admission - Burnt Mountain
    • Entry/Admission - Petrified Forest
    • Entry/Admission - Kristall Galerie

  • Day 1: Windhoek to Etosha National Park

    Stop At: Etosha National Park, Etosha National Park, Oshikoto Region
    Leave early for breakfast at a coffeeshop in Okahandja(own account). From there to Etosha National Park via Otjiwarongo and Otjo. Arrive at Etosha where we camp for the next two nights at the Okaukuejo Rest Camp. Relax at the teeming water hole where fascinating tableaus are enacted by the game that water there. The water hole is lit at night and it is a photographer’s dream.
    Duration: 2 days

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Okaukuejo Camp

    Day 2: Okaukuejo Camp

    Stop At: Okaukuejo waterhole, Etosha National Park Namibia
    Early breakfast with coffee at the exceptional watering hole at the Okaukuejo Rest Camp.
    Optional game drive to Olifants Waterhole or relax at the swimming pool.

    Duration: 2 days

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Okaukuejo Camping

    Day 3: Game Drive via Fairy Forest to Elephant Camp

    Stop At: Etosha National Park, Etosha National Park, Oshikoto Region
    Drive along the mostly unknown western part of Etosha Park to a fairly new camp, Olifantsrus Camp.
    Exceptionally beautiful waterhole, with elephants visiting all the time.
    Get up-close to the animals at the hide that overlooks a human-made waterhole. The hide offers a safe game viewing opportunity in a second story hut with glass windows. Enjoy the wooden walkway from the hide that takes you to the campsite.

    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Olifants Camp Camping

    Day 4: Kunene River Lodge

    Stop At: Kunene River Lodge, Ruacana, Namibia
    Drive via Kamanjab and Ruacana to the Kunene River Lodge. Drive along the western border of the Etosha National Park. Visit Ruacana falls and dam. Drive along the Kunene River to our overnight destination on the banks of the Kunene river
    We have our first sightings of Himba’s and their Kraals.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Kunene River Lodge

    Day 5: Epupa Falls

    Stop At: Epupa Falls, 43 D 3700 / C, Epupa Namibia
    Drive from the Kunene River Lodge to Swartbooisdrift, where we will see the Dorsland (Thirsty land) trekker monument and graves – interesting history. From here we look across the river and down into Angola. Then we turn inland and drive via Epembe to the Epupa falls. Today we see Mopanieveld, Kremetart en Kanniedood trees. The interesting mountain range, the Zebra Mountains, with its characteristical stripes. Our destination is the beautiful Epupa Falls Camp, on the banks of the Kunene river under massive Makalani palms right above the Epupa Falls.
    Duration: 2 days

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Epupa Falls Camp

    Day 6: Epupa Falls

    Stop At: Epupa Falls, 43 D 3700 / C, Epupa Namibia
    Peaceful breakfast at the camp – we order Portuguese rolls from a Himba woman
    Walk along the river downstream to see the full aspect of the Epupa falls. Massive Baobab trees cling to the rocky ledges. Visit a Himba kraal with a local guide. Good photographic opportunities.
    Optional river rafting excursions

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Epupa Falls Camp

    Day 7: Kaokoland

    Stop At: Kaokoland, Kaokoland, Kunene Region
    Drive via Opuwo to Sesfontain and Palmwag in the direction of Khorixas
    Kaoko Otavi – Dorsland trekkers church ruins. We stop at Sesfontain – German fort and giant wild fig tree. Look out for elephants and rhinos, along with other game, along the road before we arrive at Khowarib Camp, where we camp for the next two nights. Interesting rock formations and a pool deck, which offers a good vantage point to admire the beautiful vistas.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Stop At: Palmwag, Palmwag, Damaraland
    Visit Palmwag where we might find the desert Elephants
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Opuwo, Opuwo, Kunene Region
    Passing through the Opuwo Village
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Khowarib Lodge - Camping

    Day 8: Twyfelfontein and damaraland

    Stop At: Damaraland, Damaraland
    Namibia, land of contrasts! Today the landscapes change and we move into Damaraland.
    After breakfast we drive on the C43 via Palmwag to Xaragu Camp. Look out for game and Elephants

    Duration: 2 days

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camp Xaragu - Camping

    Day 9: Twyfelfontein

    Stop At: Twyfelfontein, Namibia
    After breakfast at the camp, we spend the day visiting all the interesting places in the vicinity.
    The petrified forest with the Brandberg in the background and Twyfelfontain with Bushman rock art.
    The Burnt Mountain with organ pipes. We hunt for desert elephants in the Aba Hoab river bed. This is an opportunity to see how the locals co-exist with the wild life in the area.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Stop At: Burnt Mountain, D3254 Twyfelfontein, Khorixas Namibia
    Southeast of Twyfelfontein rises a barren 12km-long volcanic ridge, at the foot of which lies the hill known as Burnt Mountain, an expanse of volcanic clinker that appears to have been literally exposed to fire. Virtually nothing grows in this eerie panorama of desolation.
    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Stop At: Petrified Forest, Khorixas Namibia
    The name is a bit misleading as it is not exactly a forest, which turned to stone, but rather an accumulation of enormous fossilized tree trunks about 280 million years old. Scientist found out that these trunks haven’t grown in today’s Namibia but were washed down a river in ancient times when one of the many Ice Ages ended on the Gondwana continent. There must have been a huge flood that carried along the trunks to where they lie today.

    This flood also carried a lot of sand and mud which covered the trees to such an extent that air intrusion was prevented and consequently no decay took place. The organic material of the trunks was conserved. Due to enormous pressure and over a period of millions of years even the finest structures of the wood have been dissolved by silicic acid and replaced by quartz, which is silicic acid in crystalline state. The result is perfectly conserved and completely petrified trunks.

    Thanks to erosion many of these trunks are now exposed and amongst many smaller specimens two fully exposed trees measuring up to 45 m have been discovered. Geologists did some research on the trunks and found out that the trees belong to the family of the Cordaites tree, which grew a long time ago in today’s Europe and was the ancestor of firs and spruces.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camp Xaragu - Camping

    Day 10: Skeleton Coast

    Stop At: Terrace Bay, Namibia
    We travel eastwards to Terrace Bay via Springbok Wasser enty gate.
    Brandberg disappears in the background as we near World’s End.
    Experience the ancient Namib and visit an oasis in the desert where Gemsbok and Springbuck come to drink. Drive via Torra Bay to Terrace Bay.
    Before dinner, we go for a walk on the beach, without any sea sand, only beautiful colourful stones! We eat at the interesting restaurant where you can add your name and a message on the walls.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Terrace Bay Lodge

    Day 11: Skeleton Coast

    Stop At: Skeleton Coast National Park, Skeleton Coast National Park, Khomas Region
    Breakfast at the restaurant, and then we depart southwards, along the coast to Henties Bay.
    Visit Toscanini…..is it an oil rig? Ship wrecks– Henrietta, Atlantic Pride, Winston…if they still exist.
    Drive through the Messum Crater back to the coast and via Henties Bay to Swakopmund.
    Springbuck, jackals and strandwolves are regularly observed in the old Namib.
    We visit the pub in Henties Bay’s hotel and drive through the town to read all the interesting names of the houses. We arrive at our accommodation in Swakopmund, where we can unpack and relax for the following day. There are laundry facilities available and interesting little German shops.

    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Alte Bruck Lodge in Swakopmund

    Day 12: Swkopmund

    Stop At: Kristall Galerie, Corner of Tobias Hainyeko and Theo-Ben Gurirab Avenue, Swakopmund Namibia
    ome of the World's largets Quartz crystal cluster on display.

    - The original inspiration for the Kristall Galerie. -

    The Kristall Galerie is the result of a man of passion, enthusiasm and vision, Johannes Adolf Kleynhans.
    What started out as a hobby, collecting stones and revise them, became a lifelong desire to collect the beautiful gems God created.

    The Kristall Galerie, founded in 1998, has been designed for you to share in and discover some of the earth's most beautiful masterpieces - a fascinating display of crystals and gemstones.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Joe's Beerhouse, 160 Nelson Mandela Ave, Windhoek, Namibia
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Hosea Kutako Intl Airport, Windhoek Namibia
    Return Detail :
    Swakopmund, Namibia
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

12

Organised by Eco Ventures

Activity ID: V-217116P3

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