Do you have your itinerary already planned, but have a few days to spare? Do you want to combine your own lodge tour with a few days wild camping? Then look no further! The Kaokoland and Kunene River tour is a short 7 day guided wild camping safari that takes you into the heart of the north-western side of Namibia. Starting and ending at Palmwag Lodge, you can leave your car here (safe parking) and enjoy a few days filled with incredible night skies, amazing scenery, camp fires and much more.
You depart from the Palmwag area to Sesfontein and Opuwo over the Sesfontein Pass.
The trail continues in a westerly direction and stops for a short visit at Kaoko Otavi. Encounter various Ovahimba families.
Camp will be set up on the banks of the Hoarusib River.
Time and again one meets Ovahimba families and the guest will have, if not today, the opportunity to explore an Ovahimba village as well as a traditional hut.
You will have the opportunity to learn about the old customs and way of life of this nomadic tribe. The Ovahimba gratefully accept sugar, confectionery, tobacco and other trinkets as gifts.
Overnight in an open camp in the region of Orupembe, a large Ovahimba settlement.
We continue into the western part of Kaokoland into the Marienfluss and Hartmann Valley. Our destination today is the Kunene River area.
Wild camping on full board in the valley or the banks of the Kunene River – all this in a relaxing atmosphere under lovely shady anatrees (Faidherbia albida) on the banks of the mighty Kunene River.
Today guests are indulged with a guided 4×4 sightseeing tour, hike in the gorges and valleys of the Hartmann Valley and visit to an Ovahimba family in the vicinity of the camp.
The Hartmann Valley is unique and offers the guests the opportunity to enjoy, in perfect solitude; nature at its purest.
Today we embark on our return journey to Palmwag. Via Orange Drum the journey takes us through the western Kaokoland to Orupembe. We traverse almost deserted contrasting landscapes, ranging from desert to the Kaokohighland.
Camping on the communal camp site at Purros.
After breakfast the journey continues in a southerly direction through the beautiful Hoarusib River Valley towards the Hoanib River. With a bit of luck the desert elephant can be sighted.
Camping in one of the many branches of the Hoanib River. Small herds of elephant often stroll past the camp unhindered.
Break up camp and game drive in search for elephants. After a short stop-over at Sesfontein, a one-time Schutztruppen outpost which functions as a lodge nowadays, the journey takes us back to the Palmwag area, where you continue your own journey.
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