16 Days – Tribes, Sunshine and Sand

Goeie môre, Guten morgen, walalapo, madisa, moro or simply said: Good morning! Namibia is home to many different ethnic groups and their languages. It is also blessed with sunshine, seemingly endless landscapes and sand in all shapes and colours. An incredible experience lies ahead of us: A journey through idyllic landscapes, a fascinating world of wildlife and plants, as well as a mosaic of languages and people.

Day 1: Windhoek – Etosha

We depart from Windhoek in the morning and head north. We pass through Okahandja, the former tribal centre of the Herero people and a former missionary city, Otjiwarongo and Otavi, two important towns for farmers, Tsumeb, the garden and mine town, and reach our accommodation in the afternoon, close to the gates of the Etosha National Park. En route we learn much about life in the cities and on the farms in Namibia, as well as about the Namibian economy.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Mokuti Etosha Lodge.

Day 2: Mokuti Etosha Lodge – Ombili Foundation – Mokuti Etosha Lodge

After an early breakfast we make our way to the farm Hedwigslust, where the Ombili Foundation is based. The Ombili Foundation has spent the last 15 years working on the integration of the San into the modern world by teaching them how to clear the land, sowing seeds, harvesting crops and by settling them down. A school has been set up to help with education, and crafts can also be learnt. The work of the Ombili Foundation is very important, because the San, traditionally nomadic, no longer find space to survive in their original habitat. Because the foundation is funded by donations, a donation of about N$ 50.00 is highly appreciated. Return to your night’s accommodation.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Mokuti Etosha Lodge.

Day 3: Etosha National Park – 4 O-Region – Oshakati

Today's drive takes us through the eastern part of the Etosha National Park to the King Nehale Lya Mpingana Gate in the northeast of the park and from there into the 4-O Region. The Ovambo in Namibia are divided into 8 tribes and make up the largest ethnic group of the country (approx. 50 %). Our first stop is the Nakambale Museum in Olukondo that depicts the present and past of the Finnish mission and the local culture. Visit the Ngonga Homestead and observe demonstrations of wheat crushing, basket weaving, hair braiding, traditional dancing and music etc. After a traditional lunch our route continues to Oshakati via Ondangwa.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Oshakati Country Hotel or Oshakati Guesthouse.

Day 4: Oshakati – Ruacana – Opuwo

The trip continues westward, through the Omusati Region. Palm savanna, mopane trees and scattered baobabs line the way of the vast plain. Cattle, donkeys and goats are a sign of wealth. The various attractions of the area are visited. Via Ruacana we continue to Opuwo, the district town of the northwest.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Opuwo Country Hotel.

Day 5: Opuwo – Epupa Falls

We’re off to an early start heading to the Epupa Falls. Approximately 180km of road lie ahead of us. It’s not far, but it takes a bit longer, because the gravel road is not easily driven. The Epupa Falls are situated in the northwest of Namibia as part of the Kunene River, which is also the border between Namibia and Angola. The Kunene drops into a 60m deep gorge here. Next to the main falls, there are a number of smaller falls where the water plunges into the depths. The Kunene runs through the landscape like a green ribbon. An impressive image. The sight leaves us with a good idea of how powerful the falls must be when the river is really full of water. Our lodge is situated at the river and the sound of the falls turns into music. Lunch packs en route

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Omarunga Lodge.

Day 6:  Epupa Falls

The morning is dedicated to visiting a Himba settlement. Himba (correctly referred to as Ovahimba) is an African tribe in the north of Namibia that is related to the Herero. Till this day Himba -Namibians (the tribe is estimated to comprise itself of 7.000 individuals) live relatively untouched by European civilisation – in their ever-adapting and changing tradition as nomadic ranchers, hunters and gatherers. Their cattle represent their wealth and they move around with them in search of pasture. Thus, there are many abandoned villages. The greasy cream with which men and women balm themselves is particularly striking. Not only does it give them a red skin tone, but it also protects their skin against the extremely hot and dry climate of the Kaokoveld. The balm is made from butter fat and ochre colour. The coloring ingredient in the natural red ochre is the iron oxide, as well as the aromatic resin of the Omuzumba shrub. After returning you will get a chance to relax by the pool. In the afternoon, we will go on a guided excursion to the Epupa Falls and enjoy the sunset afterwards. Enjoy the view and let the vastness take its effect on you.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfastat the Omarunga Lodge.

Day 7: Epupa Falls – Etosha National Park West

Return trip to Opuwo. On the way we will experience how the days of the Himba begin – without a sign of haste. The livestock is lead to the water at a leisurely pace and the day is passed calmly. We then head south to the Hobatere Lodge, opposite the western part of the Etosha National Park. We watch out for game on our way to the lodge. Lunch packs en route.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Hobatere Lodge.

Day 8: Etosha National Park West

We drive through the western part of the Etosha National Park. Usually large herds of Springbok and other antelopes spend their time here. We watch how the animals comfortably cross the plains on their way to the water. A few kilometres west of Okakuejo we find the so-called enchanted forest, a big collection of Moringa Trees. Due to their bizarre shapes, the locals refer to them as ghost trees. Arrival in Okakuejo in the afternoon. At the waterhole in the camp we can watch plenty of wild animals that come here to drink peacefully, whilst always remaining alert in case of predators. The afternoon is spent on a game drive. In the late afternoon we leave the park and make our way to our accommodation in the vicinity of the park.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Toshari Lodge.

Day 9: Etosha National Park – Windhoek

With hearts full of the impressions of the past days and after a good breakfast, we make our way back to Windhoek, via Outjo, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja. Arrival in the afternoon.

Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Safari Court Hotel or similar.

Day 10: Windhoek – Gochas

Our journey leads us through many little villages, across commercial farm land, all the way to the edge of the Kalahari Basin. Seemingly endless landscapes and camelthorn forests lead us to the first impressions of the beautiful Kalahari. In the afternoon, we enjoy a comfortable drive across the magnificent landscape where we could even spot some game. Fascinated by the remarkable silence and the incredible colors, we return to our comfortable accommodation.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Auob Lodge.

Day 11: Gochas – Region Fish River Canyon

Today we are impressed by vast barren plains, incredible rock formations and a minimal population density. The main attraction of the day lies with our visit to the quiver tree forest, a fascinating succulent plant. The quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma – a succulent) is native to southern Namibia. The name stems from the time when the then-resident San hollowed out the branches and used them as quivers for their arrows. Our route continues through Keetmanshoop, an important city in the South, past the Naute Dam, to the breath-taking landscape that surrounds the Fish River Canyon. Our accommodation is in one of the lovingly designed Gondwana Lodges.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Canyon Roadhouse/ Lodge/ Village.

Day 12: Fish River – Lüderitz

Today we drive to the Fish River Canyon, one of the biggest Canyons in the world with its sudden drop of 550m from the mountainous landscape. After we have immersed ourselves in these impressions, our route continues via Seeheim and Aus until we reach Lüderitz. Our path leads us across a fascinating moon landscape and an endless desert with strange rock formations and a fantastic play of colors. In the afternoon we arrive in Lüderitz, a small and interesting town in the middle of the barren landscape that borders onto the cold Atlantic.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Lüderitz Nest Hotel.

Day 13: Lüderitz

Lüderitz is the oldest German settlement in Namibia, named after the German businessman Lüderitz, who bought this area from the Hottentots in 1883. This small harbour city is built on a rock and is surrounded by bays and fjords. In the morning we pay a visit to the “ghost town" Kolmanskop – a once prosperous city, as the first diamonds in Namibia were found here. The old stories and pictures are just incredible! In the afternoon we take a sightseeing tour in and around Lüderitz.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Lüderitz Nest Hotel.

Day 14: Lüderitz – Namib Desert

Once again, our drive takes us through diverse and incredible landscapes, such as the Neisip plain, the Tiras Mountains, alongside the red dunes of the edge of the Namib, through the Nubib Mountains until we reach our accommodation in the vicinity of the Tsaris Mountains.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Hammerstein Lodge.

Day 15: Sossusvlei – Sesriem Canyon

An old saying goes: The early bird catches the worm. In line with this we start our day while the stars are still out. We aim to absorb and enjoy the great mood of the early morning among the unique dune landscape around Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is a large clay pan in the middle of the Namib Desert, surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world in Namibia’s largest nature reserve, the Namib Naukluft Park. We recommend hiking up one of the dunes to enjoy the sand between your toes, while it's still cold, and enjoy the view across the endless ocean of sand. In the late morning we visit the small, but interesting Sesriem Canyon that almost seems artificial. Our heart is full of impressions and we close our day off with a 4x 4 drive across the private reserve of our accommodation in the late afternoon.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Namib Naukluft Soft Adventure Camp or Namib Desert Lodge.

Day 16: Namib Desert – Windhoek

We return to Windhoek. We travel up the Great Escarpment and head towards the central mountain region. Near Rehoboth we visit Lake Oanob, a small oasis for residents and visitors. Afterwards we continue our drive to Windhoek and arrive in the late afternoon.

SERVICES AND PRICES

Booking Reference: SWAS 16 NS, Minimum: 2 pax, Maximum: 10 pax

Included Services:

Overland trips and all sightseeing according to the itinerary.
Accommodation in double rooms with bath and/ or shower in lodges and on a guest farm.
Breakfast for the entire trip, 1 lunch, 2 lunch packs and 14 dinner
English Tour Guide (Possibly bilingual tour guide)

Not included:

Personal expenses, such as 13 lunches, 1 dinners, drinks, phone calls, laundry service, tip in restaurants, as well as for the tour guide.

Departure:

By prior arrangements, collection from various hotels.

Departure Dates 2019:

Apr – 27           Aug – 10

Jun – 03           Sep – 14         

Prices:

Per Person in double room: 
Low Season (01/11/2018 until 30/06/2019) N$ 63.180,00
single room supplement N$ 7.400,00
High Season (01/07/2019 until 31/10/2019) N$ 65.680,00
single room supplement N$ 7.720,00 

We can also offer you this as a self-drive tour.