9 Days – Tribes & Wildlife in the north of Namibia
When the sun rises in the morning, the antelopes graze on the plains of the Etosha National Park. Goats and cattle are standing in the turrets, waiting to be let out. Quiet smoke rises in front of the traditional huts. The day can start. We get to know the cosy and peaceful daily routine of different tribes of Namibia, as well as of animal species- in the midst of enchanting landscapes.
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 more than 20 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, possibly 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 Guest House.
Day 4: Oshakati – Ruacana – Opuwo
The trip continues westward, through the Omusati Region. Palm savannah, 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 Kaokoveld. The balm is made from butter fat and ochre colour. The colouring 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 at 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 passes 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 Okaukuejo 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 Okaukuejo in the afternoon. From the water hole 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 game drives and whilst watching animals. 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 und Okahandja. Arrival in the afternoon.
SERVICES AND PRICES
Booking Reference: SWAS 9 N, Minimum: 2 pax, Maximum: 10 pax
Overland trips and all sightseeing according to the itinerary.
Accommodation in double rooms with bath and/ or shower and toilet in lodges and a guesthouse.
Breakfast and dinner for the entire trip, 1 lunch, 2 lunch packs
English Tour Guide (Possibly bilingual tour guide)
Personal expenses, such as 6 lunches, drinks, laundry service, tip in restaurants, as well as for the tour guide.
By prior arrangements, collection from various hotels.
Departure Dates 2019:
Apr – 27 Aug – 10
Jun – 03 Sep – 14
Per Person in double room:
Low Season (01/11/2017 until 30/06/2018) N$ 35.200,00
single room supplement N$ 4.120,00
High Season (01/07/2018 until 31/10/2018) N$ 37.200,00
single room supplement N$ 4.450,00