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Kaokoland - Off the beaten track in Namibia

Cost

from £2,450 pp

(ex international flights)

Duration

14 days

Take in the lesser known highlights of northern Namibia with this 14 day self-drive itinerary. Enjoy a trek through the stunning desert landscapes of Damaraland before getting to know the Himba people in Opuwo and exploring the beautiful landscapes that they call home. If you're keen to get off the beaten track and experience rural Namibia at its best, this self-drive tour is the perfect choice for you.

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Windhoek

Day 1 - Windhoek

  • Transfer from Windhoek Airport to your hotel
Erongo Mountains

Day 2 - Erongo Mountains

  • Self-drive from Windhoek to the Erongo Wilderness Lodge
  • Explore the Erongo Mountains
Damaraland

Day 3 - Damaraland

  • Self drive from Erongo Mountains to Damaraland
  • Elephant Tracking (Grootberg Lodge - optional)
Damaraland

Day 4 - Damaraland

  • Guided hike (Grootberg Lodge - optional)
  • Self drive from Grootberg Lodge to Palmwag Lodge
  • Hiking the Etendeka Concession - Day 1
Damaraland

Day 5 - Damaraland

  • Hiking the Etendeka Concession - Day 2
Damaraland

Day 6 - Damaraland

  • Self drive from Etendeka Concession to Palmwag Lodge
  • Day at leisure at Palmwag Lodge
Ruacana, Opuwo

Day 7 - Ruacana, Opuwo

  • Self drive from Damaraland to Opuwo
  • Visit Epupa Falls
Himba woman at Epupa
The Himba people are one of the last nomadic tribes in Africa and indeed the world. They keep cattle and grow a few subsistence crops supplemented by hunting and gathering. One of the most striking features of the Himba is the way they colour their skin and hair. Women mix ground ochre, fat from their cattle, and ash to make a paste which they smear on their skin and hair. It is a deep red colour which is considered very desirable in their culture. It is also a protective layer against the hot Namibian sun and keeps the skin supple and moisturised. There are numerous theories for the tradition of coating the skin in the red ochre paste, but one of the primary reasons given by the tribe’s elders is to distinguish between men and women. The Himba people survive on quite a limited diet. Their staple is a maize meal porridge which makes up the majority of meals. Meat is eaten for celebrations but really isn’t a frequent component of their diet. The strong belief system of the Himba falls into the animist group, and they believe in a supreme being known as Mukuru, who they communicate with using smoke. When smoke from the holy fire drifts up towards the sky, it sends messages to their ancestors who are able to pass these on to Mukuru.

Day 8 - Opuwo

  • Visit a Himba village (optional)
Etosha National Park

Day 9 - Etosha National Park

  • Self drive from Opuwo to Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park

Day 10 - Etosha National Park

  • Visit Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park

Day 11 - Etosha National Park

  • A further Etosha National Park drive
Zebras in Etosha National Park
At over 20,000 square kilometres, Etosha National Park is around half the size of Switzerland. Its name translates as ‘great white place’ after the Etosha pan, a 4,590 square kilometre salt pan which lies entirely within the park. Etosha is home to over one hundred species of mammal, hundreds of reptiles and insects, and more than 300 species of birds. Depending on what you wish to see during your trip to Etosha, you should aim for different times of year. The dry season is best for viewing the bigger game animals as they have restricted access to water so their behaviour becomes predictable with daily visits to the water sources in the park. You can expect to see zebra, elephants, rhino, lion, springbok, oryx, hyena, giraffe, eland, jackal, and if you a lucky, leopard. There are many more interesting species present but these are the major crowdpleasers. Raptors are also easy to spot during the dry winter season, but the wet summer is best for spotting other varieties of birdlife. The salt pans fill with water and flocks of flamingo come to breed, among many other exciting species.

Day 12 - Etosha National Park, Okonjima Nature Reserve

  • Game drive at Etosha National Park
  • Self-drive from Etosha National Park to Okonjima Reserve.
Okonjima Nature Reserve, Windhoek

Day 13 - Okonjima Nature Reserve, Windhoek

  • Visit the Africat Foundation (optional)
  • Self-drive from Okonjima to Windhoek

Day 14

  • Transfer from Windhoek to the airport