Project Description

Guided Self-Drive Bushmanland

12 Days

Windhoek to Windhoek

SCHEDULED GUIDED SELF-DRIVE TOUR
SOAN-GSDB

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Experience the thrill of a 4WD self-drive experience, accompanied by the comfort and security of an experienced driver-guide. Explore remote Bushmanland with its Nyae Nyae pans, Khaudom National Park and ancient San culture. Encounter water rich landscapes and immense wildlife diversity in the Mahango National Park and Okavango Panhandle, each day ending your experience real and raw under the African stars.

Guided Self-Drive Bushmanland
Languages Bilingual – English / German
Classification Explorer
Vehicle 4WD fully equipped single or double cab
Group size Min 2 and max 4 vehicles
Optional Extras Excursions / activities on request
Accommodation As specified
Meals 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners
Activities
As specified
General
Conservancy fee
Two-way radios
24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance
Excluded: all international / domestic flights and taxes • visas • travel and personal accident insurance • personal expenses • excursions / activities not specified • gratuities • fully equipped 4wd vehicle with unlimited mileage and second spare wheel • fuel and fuel deposit • additional driver fee • stamp duty and contract fees for rental vehicle • soft drinks, refreshments, snacks and alcoholic beverages • all items of personal nature

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Day 1 | 100km

WINDHOEK

The morning will be spent on an off-road driving course to learn basic off-road driving techniques. This includes lectures and practical experience on off-road terrain to make you more confident in your driving skills. Having checked the vehicles, the rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure at the hotel.

Overnight at Safari Hotel – Lunch.

Day 2 | 100km

OTJIHAVERA MOUNTAINS

Our first day of touring takes us along the eastern side of the Otjihavera Mountains and to our lodge, situated along the Swakop River. We spend the afternoon practicing and testing our 4WD skills in the surrounding mountains where we may encounter a variety of animal species. After having enjoyed a cold drink from the peak of sundowner hill, we travel back to our lodge and spend the evening under a multitude of stars while preparing dinner around the campfire.

Overnight at Midgard Country Estate Campsite – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3 | 300km

OMAHEKE REGION

After breakfast, we rejoin a smaller gravel road on the eastern side of the mountain range and continue into the central Sandveld of Namibia via mountainous terrain. This is one of the most fertile farmland areas of Namibia and our campsite is located close to the communal farming area of Otjinene and serves as the vantage point into the untouched wilderness of Bushmanland. We have the chance to come into contact with the local Herero community to learn more about their culture and customs.

Overnight at Communal Campsite – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4 | 350km

NYAE – NYAE CONSERVANCY

Today, our route continues to the Botswana border following the dry watercourse of the Omuramba Eiseb. In the vicinity of Gam, we enter the communal and untouched area of former Bushmanland, where the San people still live in a largely traditional way. Crossing into the Nyae – Nyae conservancy with its enormous saltpan adorned with baobab trees. Here we set up camp for the night.

Overnight at Djxokhoe Camp or similar – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5

NYAE – NYAE CONSERVANCY

We depart in the early morning to explore the Nyae Nyae pans with its fauna and flora. With a local guide and translator we visit a true Bushman village meeting the original inhabitants of the Kalahari Desert, an area that will be the base of most of our adventures lying ahead. We learn about the techniques the Bushman have applied for thousands of years in order to survive in the Kalahari and can actively communicate with them by means of our translator.

Overnight at Djxokhoe Camp or similar – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6 | 150km

KHAUDOM NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we travel to Tsumkwe, where we refuel. Continuing north, we travel on an unmarked and hardly known track to the so called “Dorsland Baobab”, an enormous baobab tree already used as a campsite and meeting point by the Dorsland trekkers in the 19th century. We continue north to the Khaudom National Park. We may see huge herds of elephants as well as other animals, including lion and hyena.

Overnight at Sikereti / Waterhole Campsite – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7

KHAUDOM NATIONAL PARK

The day is spent game viewing inside Khaudom National Park off the beaten track in extremely thick and loose sand. Elephants or lion may visit us in the evening; for safety reasons we will therefore sleep in our tents.

Overnight at Sikereti / Waterhole Campsite – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8 | 330km

OKAVANGO PANHANDLE

Leaving the park, we refuel at Tsumkwe and then travel into Botswana on an unmarked road that may test our 4WD driving skills. Our camp for the following two nights is reached via a sandy road leading through a riverbed, and situated along the largest lagoon of the Okavango Delta. The afternoon can be spent along the lagoon or exploring the panhandle of the delta.

Overnight at Nguma Campsite – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 9

OKAVANGO PANHANDLE

The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland wetland, and consists of meandering channels, oxbow lakes, floodplains and tree-covered islands. We explore the Delta in mokoros: dug-out canoes used by the local population as the only means of transport. This gives us an excellent opportunity to explore the environment with its diverse and pristine fauna and flora.

Overnight at Nguma Campsite or similar – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 10

MAHANGO NATIONAL PARK

After an early morning start we cross back into Namibia and into the Zambezi Region, the Mahango Game Reserve. This game reserve is home to many unusual game species such as roan and sable antelope, elephant, lechwe, buffalo, and also large amounts of bird species not found in many areas of southern Africa. Sandy roads lead us to a number of waterholes and along the Okavango River wetland, where we also stand the chance to see crocodile and hippo.

Overnight at Ngepi Campsite or similar – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 11 | 530km

OTAVI MOUNTAINS

We travel west along the Zambezi Region, where souvenirs can be purchased at a variety of local markets. We travel via Rundu to Grootfontein, stopping at Hoba Meteorite to view the largest known meteorite known to mankind. After a short travelling distance we reach our lodge, situated along the foot of the majestic Otavi Mountains.

Overnight at Ghaub Guestfarm – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 12 | 420km

DEPARTURE

After breakfast we travel back to the capital, Windhoek. Time permitting, en route we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up a last few souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.

Breakfast.

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