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Guided Self-Drive Kaokoland

12 Days

Windhoek to Windhoek


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Experience the thrill of a 4WD self-drive experience, with the comfort and security of an experienced driver-guide. This safari takes you over hardened 4WD terrain into some of the last, untouched, wilderness areas in Africa. Experience the landscapes and the people closely and enjoy the starry African nights at your bush fire.

Guided Self-Drive Kaokoland
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 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 10 dinners
Registered driver-guide
As specified
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 | 50km


This morning will be spent on an off-road driving course to teach participants basic off-road driving techniques. This includes lectures and practical experience on off-road terrain. You’ll be more confident in your driving skills and can look forward to a memorable adventure over the next few days.

Overnight at Safari Hotel – Lunch.

Day 2 | 500km


Our first adventure takes us to the far northwestern area of Namibia. After check in, a guide will give us a first encounter with the Ovahimba culture. In the evening we’ll have the rare pleasure of joining the Ovahimba in their traditional village.

Overnight at Rustig Toko Lodge – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3-4 | 500km


Our road takes us further north in the direction of Opuwo. We continue northward to the Epupa Falls where we’ll spend 2 nights. We visit authentic Himba settlements in the area and learn about their culture and tradition.

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

Day 5 | 150km


Today’s route takes us over some very rugged terrain via Okangwati and Etengwa towards the infamous Van Zyl’s Pass. We set up camp in the area around Otjitanda, depending on the distance covered during the day, some stretches allowing us a speed of no more than 10km/h. At the Ovahimba settlement of Otjitanda we replenish our water supply from the only water point in this entire part of Kaokoland.

Overnight at Van Zyl’s Pass Campsite – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6-7 | 100km


We continue carefully and under adherence to the guide’s instructions in order to navigate today’s stretch of road without incident. It’s a rocky descent and not easy to drive, but we’ll reach the bottom. We continue north in the Marienfluss Valley, travelling between magnificent mountain ranges, with the scenery giving way to large stretches of grassland interspersed with red sand and the unique Namibian ‘fairy circles’. Our day ends at Camp Synchro, situated along the banks of the mighty Kunene River.

Overnight at Camp Synchro – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8 | 200km


After breakfast our route takes us out of the Marienfluss Valley via Red Drum in the direction of Orupembe. Red Drum used to be adorned by an old telephone set (not in use, obviously). The area travelled in today may present us with chance encounters of rare and endangered animal species such as the unique and specially adapted desert elephant, black rhino, and lion, while springbok, oryx, giraffe, and zebra are more regularly seen. In the afternoon we set up camp in the Orupembe or Purros area.

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

Day 9 | 135km


We continue via the Hoarusib River to the oasis of Sesfontein, where we get the chance to refuel and stock up on supplies. Visiting the spectacular Khowarib Gorge, incised deeply into the rock by the Hoanib River, we continue to Ongongo Falls. Here we have the chance to cool off in the clear waters of the pool below the falls, which may become a waterfall after the rain. Suitably refreshed, we camp at Ongongo for the night.

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

Day 10 | 250km


We continue south to reach the Huab Riverbed, putting our sand-driving skills to the test after days of rocky terrain. At De Riet, the junction of the Huab and Aba-Huab riverbeds, we search the soft sand for signs of the unique desert elephant. A chance encounter with a herd is a very special experience. We continue to the Twyfelfontein area, near where our campsite is situated. It offers spectacular vistas from the top of a granite mountain, from where we enjoy a sundowner in the late afternoon.

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

Day 11 | 250km


After breakfast, we visit the rock engravings at the World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein, the largest open-air museum in southern Africa. This rock art, consisting mostly of rock engravings, was applied to the red sandstone boulders of the area thousands of years ago by the indigenous population of the time. After a visit of the Living Museum of the Damara, we continue to the Erongo Mountains. Our route continues to Ai-Aiba Lodge, where we have the option of enjoying a sundowner drive in an open 4WD vehicle onto a hill overlooking the spectacular surroundings of the largest volcanic skeleton in the world.

Overnight at Ai-Aiba Rockpainting Lodge – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 12 | 300km


After a hearty breakfast, we drive back to Windhoek via private farmland and the towns of Omaruru and Okahandja. Having arrived in the capital city, our adventure ends.

Breakfast and lunch.

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