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Kaokoland and Damaraland Tour

Overview.

 

Kaokoland

Kaokoland is in the north western part of Namibia with the mighty Cunene River that forms the natural border between Namibia and Angola.

Kaokoland is well known for the desert elephant and the nomadic Himba people. The Himba people still live according to ancient traditions and you will find these beautiful people all over Koakoland “the red people”.

There are lots of desert elephants in Kaokoland, roaming free. You will see they are smaller than the other. They and other wildlife like lion, giraffe, oryx and rhino have adapted through the years to survive in these extreme conditions.

The Cunene river flows from east to west and ends in the Benguella sea. The river are full of crocks with beautiful scenes of waterfalls, palm trees, huge Acasia trees on the banks through mountains and the final part through big dunes.

This is truly one of the last remaining wilderness areas, lots to offer to tourist and the beauty not known to many out here.

We will take you to all these places that’s so unknown and “secret” to the normal people to visit Kaokoland.

Damaraland

Damaraland is a different kind of wilderness and experience in Namibia. In this northern part of the land you will see spectacular wide open spaces interrupted by mountains and acient craters that hide many pre-historic treasures.

The region is from the Spitzkoppe and Erongo mountains to the uniab River close to Palmwag. Khorixas is to say the capital of the region and the roads are all normally in a good condition.

Damaraland was occupied primarily by the Damara people, later on it became home of the Herero and Riemvasmaak people of South Africa. Nowadays they all like to be called Damara people and they do farming, herding and then tourism.

Brandberg is the highest mountain in Namibia and play host to the well known White Lady Bushman Painting. To the south is Spitzkoppe and east the Erongo Mountains.

Twyfelfontein is the largest known concentrate of stone age petroglyphs in Namibia. Nearby you will find the Burnt Mountain, petrified forest and the organ pipes. The Vingerklip near Khorixas and Ugab terraces are also worth a visit.

The Fauna and Flora of Damaraland have adapted perfectly to the harsh weather conditions of high heat and draughts. You will find the desert elephants, black rhino, desert lion, cheetah, kudu, oryx, springbok and ostrich in this region.

Itinerary.

Day 1

Ruacana / Kunene Island Camp

The adventure starts at Ruacana, here you will meet your guides and other participations on this amazing trip. We will meet not later than 13h00 at the Shell garage in Ruacana where you can fill your vehicle and do some last minute shopping. We then proceed from here to the Kunene Island camp on the banks of the mighty Kunene River. There are lots of big shady trees, set up your camp and dinner will be served around a big campfire.

Facilities: Swimming pool, Hot showers and toilets

Distance: 32km

Day 2

Epupa Falls

After breakfast we depart west all along the Kunene, visit Kunene River lodge for cold refreshments, visit the Monument that commemorates the Dorsland Trekkers and stop at Swartbooisdrift where the Dorsland Trekkers crossed the Kunene into Angola. The new road will take us to Epupa Falls where we will set up camp for the next two days. Here an amazing sight of water and rocks await you, the Kunene plunges down in hundreds of small waterfalls to form the main stream again. The sight and sound-unbelievable, something you will never forget. Dinner will be served with long chats next to the amazing Kunene.

Facilities: Swimming pool, hot showers and toilets

Distance: 120 km

Day 3

Relax day

Today is a very relaxing day, ideal opportunity to explore the area, get closer acquainted with the Himba’s and their traditions. For more excitement there is river rafting for the brave. The swimming pool is always a winner to relax with something cold. Dinner as always ready at 20h00.

Day 4

Van Zyl’s pass community camp .

After breakfast we depart to Opuwe, the capital of Kaokoland where we fill up our vehicles, do some shopping at OK Grocer with most things to offer. We follow the D3703 west to Orotjitombo, Etanga, Otitanda and set up camp (Bush Camp) just before van Zyl’s pass in a riverbed. This camp is one of the best for nature lovers. Tomorrow we tackle the famous van Zyl’s pass that was build during 1960 by Mr. Ben van Zyl and his right-hand man Jeremiah together with a team of Himba’s. He also built several more roads in Kaokoland. Van Zyl’s pass is not that easy and gets more difficult every year because of the increase of traffic and rain. Vehicles with a high ground clearance do well.

Facilities: 1 toilet and 1 shower-cold water

Distance: 310 km

Day 5

Van Zyl’s pass / Marienfluss

After breakfast we depart for Van Zyl’s pass. The progress will be slow, the sights unbelievable. The Otjihipia Mountains ends in the Marienfluss, the sight from the pass will amaze you and there will be more than enough time for photos. The views are unbelievable and breathtaking, stop at the bottom for something cold and visit Jan Joubert’s memorial. Here you can place a stone as tradition has it, remember a permanent marker to write your name on the stone. We go into the Marienfluss where lots of springbok and Oryx roaming the plains, right down to the Kunene where we will set up camp. This community camp has clean facilities and tonight it will be time for many stories about our Van Zyl’s pass experience.

Facilities: Hot showers and toilets

Distance: 68 km

Day 6

Hartmansvallei

After breakfast we go south to Rooidrom, from here back north into the Hartmansvallei to explore the beautiful landscape. We will travel to the border of the Skeleton Coast Park, cross some dunes, granite koppies, fantastic 4×4 experience. We set up camp where we find a perfect place to overnight and no facilities are available (Bush Camp). Dinner around a big camp fire and lots of talk and laughter.

No facilities

Distance: 162 km

Day 7

Marble Camp

Breakfast and then back to Rooidrom, from there we take the road south to Marble Camp where we will stay for the night. The road is not that easy but the scenery will blow your mind. We will visit the marble mine and relax under big trees in the camp. Toilets and showers are available.

Facilities: Hot showers and toilets

Distance: 128 km

Day 8

Puros

Today we drive south, through Orupembe to Puros. We will pass the the Skeleton Coast Border into the Hoariseb River where you can see Desert Elephants and lions. You will notice these elephants are smaller in size with bigger feet than the rest of their species which live in better conditions elsewhere in Africa. We will set up camp at the Puros Community Camp.
Dinner at 20h00. We will stay here for two days to go and look for rhino, elephant and lions.

Facilities: Hot showers and toilets

Distance: 130 km

Day 9

After breakfast we go and explore the two rivers in the area, the Khumib and the Hoariseb with a great possibility to spot the desert elephants, lions and black rhino. You will see lots of other wildlife like giraffe, Oryx, mountain zebra, springbok and kudu. Dinner at 20h00.

Day 10

Kuwarib

We depart south for Sesfontein, we visit Fort Sesfontein, build by the German Schutz  truppe during the early 1900’s. We will refuel at Sesfontein and go to Warmquella, have a nice swim at this beautiful fountain. From here to Kuwarib Camp, where we will put up camp. All facilities are available at this beautiful place in the mountains.  Dinner around a big camp fire.

Facilities: Hot showers and toilets

Distance: 120 km

Day 11

Twyfelfontein

We depart south – have something cold at Palmwag Lodge and go further south, stop at Twyfelfontein, Heritage Site (5000 year old rock engravings), visit the burned mountains and also the famous organ pipes. We will set camp at Aabadi Camp for the night.

Facilities: Hot showers and toilets

Distance: 185 km

Day 12

Brandberg

After breakfast we drive to the Ugab River, drive down in the riverbed where you will find elephants, kudu and giraffe. Tonight we camp at Brandberg White Lady Lodge under big Kameeldoring trees. This is also the last night of the tour, last time to spend quality time around the campfire.

Facilities: Hot showers and toilets

Distance: 125 km

Day 13

Today there will be no breakfast, only tea/coffee and rusk. The sad part of an adventure like this is the sad farewells. Everyone depart in their own direction and pace home.

Brandberg White Lady lodge to Swakopmund -237 km

Brandberg White Lady lodge via Omaruru to Windhoek – 375 km

Included:

  • Breakfast and dinner daily (tea / coffee with breakfast)
  • Camping fees
  • Concession fees
  • Entrance fees
  • Two-way VHF radios
  • Experienced guides in own vehicles

Excluded:

  • Transport
  • Fuel
  • Travel insurance and vehicle insurance
  • Lunch, drinks, cool drinks and snacks
  • Camping equipment

Please arrange own coverage in case of travel and medical insurance including emergency evacuation in case of a accident or other.

Dates.

  • Please contact us for dates

You are also more than welcome to decide on any date not on our program with your own group of friends / fellow adventures

Rates 2019

Adults:

Children:

Children:

Children:

Children:

16 years and older

12 to 16 years

06 to 12 years

02 to 06 years

00 to 02 years

N$ 11,900 per person

N$ 8,400 per person

N$ 5,400 per person

N$ 2,400 per person

N$ Free of charge

Note:

This tour operate with the minimum of 18 clients, if less the price will be adjusted. The maximum number of participants will be limited and Westcoast 4×4 do have the right to change dates and program of the tour if necessary.

Bookings are essential

When a booking is confirmed a 50% deposit will be required. Final payment is due 30 days before departure.

 

Important Note:

Put your own exclusive tour together with dates and itinerary that suit your schedule. Contact us with your details and we will be more than happy to accommodate you.

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