Day 1 - Arrive in Windhoek

We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your Hotel in Windhoek. You have the day to rest and explore Windhoek.
Overnight in a Hotel or Guesthouse in Windhoek.

Day 2 - Wereldsend

We pick you up either in Windhoek (it is essential to have an early start as this is a long drive) and travel to Wereldsend, historic base camp of IRDNC (Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation) from where the now national community-based conservation program was piloted in the early 1980s. 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. Hear how rural communities turned this situation round. We camp at Wereldsend, which is not a camp site open to anyone. This is an educational stop and serves to place the entire conservation of Kunene in context. Enjoy a short evening walk and a sundowner. Our 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 3 - Torra Conservancy

We have an early start with Torra Conservancy game guards looking for desert-adapted black rhino and other fascinating animals and plants. This might entail covering some of the terrain on foot; stout walking shoes are essential. Later we head north via the village of Sesfontein (which means six springs). The route takes us through typical basalt hills, a signature feature of Damaraland. We travel north via Sesfontein and into the dry bed of the Hoanib River, a linear oasis with majestic Ana, Leadwood and Camelthorn trees marking its course. 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 we climb out of the river bed and make our camp at the foot of high hills providing us with a fantastic view across the Hoanib Valley.

Overnight: Bush camping in the Hoanib

Day 4 - Puros Conservancy

Our morning will be spent searching for elephants, lions, giraffe, oryx and other wildlife which seasonally use this magnificent ephemeral river's resources. Then we head north, across magnificent landscape, towards the 3568 square kilometre Puros Conservancy. This vast area, with a population of less than 300 Himba and Herero herders, is one of the conservancies that own our company and we will be hosted here tonight. Spend the evening around the campfire in the Puros Conservancy Campsite, where elephants may stroll past your tent. This is a good opportunity, if you are interested, to obtain insights into the real conservation problems and their local solutions.

Overnight: Camping at Puros Community Camp Site

Day 5 - Etambura Camp

We take a scenic drive up the Hoarusib River, cross the flank of the Etendeka Mountains and descend into the Khumib dry riverbed. Our route, through dramatic landscapes, passes small Himba settlements and we may see goats browsing with springbok nearby or a line of ostrich high-stepping past peacefully grazing cattle. Our destination for the next two nights is Etambura Camp, Namibia's first Himba-owned camp, on a hilltop with views that will take your breath away. Relax in comfortable accommodation units, each with an en suite bathroom and private deck area. Meet our conservancy hosts and spend an interesting evening at the fire talking to Himba game guards or conservancy staff.

Overnight: Etambura Camp

Day 6 - Himba people

Today's emphasis is on the interesting and intricate culture of the local Himba people. A member of the conservancy will give us an insight into the collection of resin/myrrh. In the months of December to April, Himba women harvest resin from commiphora wildii - the perfume plant or myrrh made famous by the Bible's three wise men. Hear how IRDNC, the local support NGO, has assisted conservancies to earn a regular annual income by sustainably harvesting and marketing this valuable product to international cosmetic companies. 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 7 - Ganamub Mountain Camp

After a hearty breakfast, we head south, traversing vast and silent plains. We once pause briefly in Puros, before following the course of the Gomatum River and cross the spectacular Giribis Plains with its mysterious Fairy Circles. We overnight at Sesfontein Conservancy's Ganamub Mountain Camp built on a hillside among granite boulders. Immerse yourself in the sounds, scents and flavours of an African night around a crackling campfire, knowing your presence is making conservation sustainable for the people and animals who share this vast region.

Overnight: Ganamub Mountain Camp

Day 8 - Skeleton Coast Park and Swakopmund

After an early breakfast we travel via Sesfontein and past the game-rich Palmwag Concession area. Our route then takes us through the Skeleton Coast Park and southwards to Swakopmund. This is a stark, but stunning, landscape conjuring up images of shipwrecks and drama. If time permits, we will visit the Cape Fur seal reserve at Cape Cross. We arrive late afternoon at Swakopmund where you will check-in to your accommodation.

Overnight in Swakopmund

Day 9 - Departure

Today we will help you catch the morning Shuttle Bus service from Swakopmund which arrives back at Windhoek Airport in early afternoon for your evening flight home.

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