CAMPING ADVENTURE KAOKOVELD

13 Night / 14 Day Private Camping Safari

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This guided camping tour is for the nature-lovers, the adventurers, the young-at-heart. We take you to the remote corners of Northern Namibia. Explore the unique Etosha National Park renowned for its abundant wildlife. Head further north to the mighty Kunene River and to the magical Epupa Falls. Enjoy cultural encounters with the proud Himba people. Be amazed by the natural beauty of the Kaokoveld, its stunning scenery and idyllic places. Search for the rare desert-adapted elephants roaming the beautiful Hoanib River valley. Discover the pure wilderness of the Palmwag Concession. Get a glimpse of the San culture while travelling through the Erongo Mountains. After an adventure-filled day, sit around to the crackling campfire and come to rest. Listen to the nightly bush concert while you curl up in your tent under the vast Namibian sky.

Epupa Falls

Highlights

Day 1-14 | Namibia

  • Khomas Highland: scenic farm drive (optional)
  • Etosha National Park: game drives, game viewing at the floodlit waterholes
  • Kunene River: visit to the Ruacana Falls, scenic drive along the river
  • Epupa: cultural encounters with the Himba people, visit to the Epupa Falls
  • Camp Aussicht: spectacular 360 degree views, tour of the dioptase mine (optional)
  • Warmquelle: Ongongo Waterfall, swimming in the natural pool
  • Hoanib River valley: game drives in search for desert elephants
  • Palmwag Concession: game viewing and scenic drives, camping in the wild
  • Brandberg: hike to the ‘White Lady’ (if the trail is open)
  • Erongo Mountains: visit to the Living Museum of the San
  • Spitzkoppe: walk to the ‘Bridge’, fantastic views
  • Okahandja: private wildlife reserve, souvenir market

Facts

Camping Safari:
Camping Adventure Kaokoveld
Tourcode: NA14CAKAOK
From: Windhoek
To: Windhoek
Min number to guarantee tour: N/A
Max number of participants: private safari
Departure day: any day of your choice
Price: on request
Single Supplement: on request

Itinerary

Day 1 | Windhoek – Khomas Highland

Distance approx. 90 km; driving time approx. 1-2 hours

Upon arrival in Windhoek (before 12pm noon), your guide will meet you at the airport – welcome to Namibia! Together, you embark on your journey of discovery in your safari vehicle and will soon reach your first destination: the Düsternbrook Farm in the Khomas Highland. Make yourself at home in your room, relax a little and enjoy the peaceful nature around you. The old farmhouse offers great views across the savannah and a riverbed frequented by animals. In the late afternoon, you can join a scenic drive across the farm and the 14,000 hectare big private game reserve (optional). With a little luck you will see giraffes, oryx, wildebeest, impalas, waterbuck and more. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner family style. You overnight at Safari Guestfarm Düsternbrook.
Dinner

Day 2 | Khomas Highland – Etosha National Park

Distance approx. 420 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

After a tasty and generous breakfast, you drive north through wide farmland. Today’s destination is the famous Etosha National Park, home to abundant wildlife and place of unique natural beauty. Once you enter through the Anderson Gate, your game drive begins. You not only look for and observe the wildlife; your guide will also share many interesting details about their behaviour and social structures. When the shadows grow longer, you arrive at Okaukuejo Camp and set up camp for the night on its campsite. After dinner, you should definitely visit the floodlight waterhole. You can spend the rest of the evening watching the comings and goings of wildlife wanting to quench their thirst.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 | Etosha National Park

Distance approx. 130 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

As the sun rises, so do the animals. A day of exciting wildlife sightings awaits you. You embark on an extensive game drive and explore the remote western corner of the park. You are sure to see zebras, oryx, wildebeest, ostriches and many springboks along the way. You will stop at different waterholes and with a little luck see elephants taking a bath and watch other animals drink. Look out for the rare black-faced impala as well as giraffes, rhinos, lions, leopards, and cheetahs. You will stop for a picnic lunch along the way. In the course of the afternoon, you reach Olifantsrus Campsite. Once you have set up camp, you have some time to yourself. Visit the waterhole, a popular spot amongst elephants. At night, assist your guide making dinner. You will be amazed by the fantastic dishes easily prepared in the bush kitchen. At the end of the day, get comfortable in your tent and listen to the nightly bush concert as you fall asleep.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 | Etosha National Park – Kunene River

Distance approx. 360 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

Go on a last game drive this morning. You never know what may be waiting behind the next bend and with a little luck, you might spot animals which you haven’t seen yet. You will then leave Etosha National Park. Your journey takes your further and further north to the border with Angola. Once you have stocked up on provisions at Ruacana, you make a short stop at the Ruacana Falls and finally drive along the Kunene River to your next destination. The river and its green banks seem like an oasis in this dry and arid region. Right at the riverbanks in the shade of tall and old leadwood and jackalberry trees, you set up camp. Relax and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. You spend another night in your tent.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 | Kunene River – Epupa Falls

Distance approx. 100 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours

Wake up in the middle of nature! After breakfast with a view of the river, you continue your journey. Driving through spectacular scenery and almost unpopulated landscapes, you drive downstream to Epupa. The contrast between the green riverbanks and the dry mountains seems almost unreal. In the early afternoon, you will reach your home for the next two nights. Just a short walk from the Epupa Falls is your campsite, right at the riverbanks. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Relax underneath the shade-giving makalani palms and enjoy this idyllic and untouched area. You won’t be able to swim as the water is alive with crocodiles. However, depending on the water levels, you can cool down in nearby rock pools. At night, fall asleep to the soft gurgle of the river.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 | Epupa Falls

This morning, you will experience cultural encounters with the proud Himba people. In the remote Kaokoveld, the Himba have managed to maintain their ethnic identity and culture until today. Together with a local guide, you visit a village and get an insight into their traditions and daily life. Back at camp, you have time to yourself. You can also join your guide on a walk to the Epupa Falls. The unique beauty of nature will enchant you. In the late afternoon, you drive to a viewpoint. From up here, you have a breathtaking view across the picturesque valley, dotted with makalani palm trees and baobabs. A cold drink in your hand, watch the beautiful sunset – a very special experience.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 | Epupa Falls – Camp Aussicht

Distance approx. 260 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

Start your day with a cup of coffee or tea at the riverbanks and enjoy the peaceful morning. After breakfast, it is time to continue your journey. You drive south via Opuwo through dry and sandy terrain. Halfway between Opuwo and Sesfontein, a rough and bumpy road leads you to a mountain saddle. Up here, secluded, remote and amidst stunning scenery, you will find the unique Camp Aussicht. On the campsite with spectacular 360 degree views, you set up camp for the night. In the afternoon, you can accompany the camp owner, Marius Steiner, on a tour to his mine where he has been digging for gemstones for many years (optional). You will learn many interesting facts about the blue and green mineral dioptase. Slowly, another exciting day in Namibia comes to an end.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 | Camp Aussicht – Warmquelle

Distance approx. 80 km; driving time approx. 2 hours

You’re not in a hurry this morning as today’s driving distance is short. Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and the stunning views at camp. Once you’re packed, you make your way south via the steep Joubert Pass. Around lunch time, you will reach your campsite at the Ongongo Waterfall. Enjoy the afternoon relaxing at this beautiful place. Take a dip in the crystal clear water of the natural pool below the waterfall. End the day with another dinner under the Namibian sky and look forward to your night in the tent.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9 | Warmquelle – Hoanib – Palmwag

Distance approx. 130 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

Your morning starts early as you head to Sesfontein and continue west. Just a few kilometres from Sesfontein, you drive into the remote Hoanib River valley. The underground water levels of the Hoanib are just enough to keep the surrounding nature alive. Green bushes and large trees cross the sandy river valley, home to springboks, oryx, giraffes, and desert elephants. While you slowly pass through the riverbed, look out for wildlife and enjoy the impressive scenery. With a little luck, you can see desert elephants – an experience you will surely never forget. Finally, you enter the 5,000 km² Palmwag Concession via the northern gate. You will arrive at your campsite, in the middle of nature and complete solitude – what an amazing spot for spending a night in a tent! Chat about the day’s events around the crackling campfire and listen to the sounds of the nights, while the stars twinkle high in the sky.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10 | Palmwag

Distance approx. 100 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

After an exciting night in Namibia’s wilderness, wake up to the first rays of sunshine in the morning. Look forward to a day in untouched nature. You can expect stunning scenery stretching towards the horizon. Seemingly endless, solitary and unique. Wide plains and red hills alternate with dry river valleys, rocky ravines and life bringing springs. Here, you can see rare plants like the Welwitschia Mirabilis as well as springboks, oryx, kudus, giraffes, ostriches, jackals and hyenas. If you’re really lucky, you may see lions, desert elephants and even the rare black rhino. Enjoy stunning panoramic views from different viewpoints. In the course of the afternoon, you reach Palmwag Campsite. Dust off from the day’s adventures, enjoy a nice shower or jump into the swimming pool at the close-by lodge. You spend another night in your tent.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11 | Palmwag – Brandberg

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

Continue your journey across the diverse Damaraland. You visit the Petrified Forest close to Khorixas where you will see petrified trees, more than 200 million years old. You can make out the annual rings almost as clear as on living trees. Take a closer look at the many Welwitschia plants as well. You then continue further to the Brandberg, protruding from the ground like a giant island, glowing in a vibrant red. You set up camp in the dry riverbed of the Ugab at the slopes of the Brandberg and under shade-giving trees.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12 | Brandberg – Erongo Mountains

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

Provided the hiking trail is open, you embark on an easy hike to the ‘White Lady’ this morning. Head out early while the temperatures are still cool. Over rough and smooth you make your way deep into the gorge until you reach the famous rock painting. You will be accompanied by a local guide sharing interesting facts about the San people and their rock paintings as well as the local fauna and flora of the Brandberg. Afterwards, you continue your journey to the Erongo Mountains and Omandumba Farm. In-between massive granite rocks find a nice spot for your tents. After a short mid-day break you visit the Living Museum of the San in the afternoon. You will get an insight into the everyday life and traditions of the local families and can deepen your knowledge about their way of life and culture. Back at camp, you make dinner under the open sky one last time. Your last night of camping begins.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13 | Erongo Mountains – Spitzkoppe – Okahandja

Distance approx. 320 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

After breakfast, you pack up camp and head on. You pass by the impressive Erongo Mountains, remnants of an ancient volcano, and finally reach Spitzkoppe. Get out of the car and explore the area on foot. Climb up large granite rocks until you reach the ‘Bridge’, a natural rock arch very popular for taking photos. You will have fantastic views of Spitzkoppe, its distinctive form resembling Matterhorn in the Alps. After a relaxed picnic in dramatic scenery, you continue to The Elegant Farmstead close to Okahandja. At the end of your exciting trip, you will be spoilt with typical Namibian farmers cuisine and a night in a comfortable guestroom.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14 | Okahandja – Windhoek

Distance approx. 100 km; driving time approx. 1-2 hours

Your adventure trip comes to an end. After a hearty breakfast, you embark on your last leg of the journey. On your way to Windhoek, make a short stop at the souvenir market in Okahandja. Here, you can find handmade souvenirs, wood carvings as well as baskets and jewellery. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we take you to the airport or your city hotel, where you say your goodbyes to your guide.
Breakfast

Please note that we ask our guests to assist their guide in setting up and taking down the camp as well as assisting in the camp kitchen.

Includes

  • Guided camping safari according to the itinerary
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • 13 nights’ stay in 2-person dome tents and accommodations (depending on availability, a guesthouse of a similar standard will be booked)
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • All national park fees

Excludes

  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
  • Sleeping bag, pillow, towels
  • Optional activities
  • Visa fees, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance

Frequently Asked Questions

Adventure and seclusion. A camping safari has the advantage of being so much closer to nature – you will smell the bush, hear the sounds of animals at night and spend time around the campfire looking up at the stars. Your safari experience will be all the more intense as you are ‘right in the middle’. Not only will you see pristine places and experience good game viewing, you will also gain an insight into the different cultures of Namibia. In order to experience Namibia in all its facets, long driving distances are inevitable.

 

A guided camping safari is perfect for nature lovers and people who are looking for a break from civilisation and its comforts. Experience Namibia’s true wilderness and exchange luxury for adventure. As road conditions may change, it is difficult to pre-plan the day-by-day itinerary down to the smallest detail. So please bring flexibility and a good sense of humour. Come with us, sit back and experience an unforgettable adventure.

Our qualified and registered guides know the fauna, flora, people and roads of Namibia like the back of their hand and have many years of driving experience on gravel roads. They have a passion for Namibia and love nothing more than sharing interesting facts and stories about the country. Your guide is also your cook. However, we ask you to assist in preparing the food in order that your guide can work his or her magic in the bush kitchen.

With only a few exceptions, all meals are included on a camping safari. Breakfast generally includes eggs, bacon and/or sausage, bread, jams, rusks and hot drinks (coffee and tea). Lunch will mostly be a picnic with sandwiches and salad and on some days, there will be lunch packs. At night, a cooked 3-course meal (snack/light starter, main course and campfire dessert) will be served.

When booking with us, please notify us of any dietary requirements and/or allergies you might have.

The day usually starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. In general, departure times in the mornings are quite flexible and can be arranged in consultation with the guide and the rest of the group. As your guide knows his or her way around and is familiar with the driving times and distances, he or she will decide what time to leave. Lunch will be taken at a spot along the way. When arriving at the next camping site, you will set up the camp and help your guide preparing supper. After supper you can chat or enjoy the night skies or crawl into your tent to fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush. Depending on the activities planned, you will break up camp after breakfast. When travelling in Africa, keep an open mind and be flexible as delays may happen due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

We use specially designed and customised Toyota Land Cruisers with large sliding windows and pop-up roofs for great game viewing and vistas. The passenger compartment comprises six individual and comfortable seats which provide great comfort while travelling. A window seat is guaranteed for each guest.

We provide 2-person tents (2.5 m x 2.5 m, 1.80 m high) which are waterproof and have built-in mosquito nets at the entrance and windows. Furthermore, comfortable 5-cm thick sleeping mats will be supplied by us as well as sturdy camp furniture (tables and chairs) and functional cutlery and crockery. We only use the best quality camping equipment and gear to ensure you all comfort you could wish for. On our camping safaris, your assistance in setting up and taking down the camp is recommended and appreciated.

Passport:

You need a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Namibia and have at least three blank pages.

Visa:

Most nationalities travelling to Namibia for holiday purposes do not require a visa for up to 90 days. Nevertheless, visa requirements are constantly changing – please contact Namibia’s embassy in your home country. Namibia-Experience cannot be held responsible if you are refused entry and cannot begin your trip. All costs incurred due to a delay in travelling are for the traveller’s account.

If you travel with children via South Africa to Namibia: From 1 June 2015, all passengers under 18 years old, arriving in and departing from South Africa, will be required by law to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.

Other:

You must have a valid return flight ticket or other onward travel documents which allow you to leave the country when your trip ends. Otherwise you must provide proof that you have sufficient funds (i.e. credit card) to purchase a return ticket.

Since you will be staying outside your home country, you are not covered by your personal health insurance. You will be treated as a private patient and must be adequately insured for. Also check whether your personal liability covers damage when travelling outside of your country.

Although the tour price includes most meals, entry fees to national parks and accommodation, you still need to plan for other expenses. Plan for optional activities (game drives, boat trips, cultural visits etc), tipping, souvenirs, extra meals and drinks. Tipping in Namibia is a reward for good service and is at the guest’s discretion. If you want to tip your Namibia-Experience guide, we suggest about 150 – 220 N$ per group per day.

The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$) and is traded at 1:1 to the South African Rand. South African Rands can also be used as payment in Namibia. You can draw cash at a local ATM with your credit card or Maestro card (PIN required). Transaction fees depend on your bank and the establishment which you are using it at.

In many big shops/shopping malls you can pay with credit card. At smaller shops and at some fuel stations you can only pay cash. Furthermore, we recommend having cash for emergencies and small purchases such as curios or at markets as well as for tips.

Traveller’s cheques are not recommended. They are rarely accepted because of fraud, high fees and long waiting times at the exchange.

The travel destination and season will determine what to pack. Bear in mind that Namibia is in the southern hemisphere with opposite seasons to the USA and Europe. Namibia’s summer (with intermittent thunder showers) is from December to February and the dry winter months are from June to September.

Bring warm clothes if you travel between April to September, which you will need especially in the evening, at night and in the early morning. Even in summer include long trousers, closed shoes and a long sleeve shirt – these will help against mosquitos, which are mainly found in the north of Namibia and in the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip).

Due to limited space in our safari vehicles, please restrict your luggage to no more than 15 kg and one small hand luggage. The best bags to bring with you on safari are definitely soft shell bags. NO SUITCASES PLEASE! Hard shell bags are often too big and bulky.

 

Here is a rough checklist for clothing:

  • Warm jacket, warm pullover
  • Wind jacket or rain jacket
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 1 pair of long trousers
  • 1 spare pair of trousers (comfortable and durable)
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4-6 T-shirts
  • Sufficient underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Base cap, sun hat

Very colourful textiles are not necessarily an advantage if you want to observe wild animals. Military style clothing is also not advisable, as it can be a problem for government officials.

Other equipment:

  • Sun glasses
  • Torch, preferably headtorch
  • Neck pouch, money belt or hip bag for money, documents, passport, vaccination card
  • Photo equipment
  • Adapter
  • Alarm clock
  • Binoculars
  • Toiletry bag
  • Sunscreen with high sun protection factor
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Malaria prophylaxis (after consultation with your doctor)
  • First-aid kit
  • Water bottle

It is recommended that you have your regular vaccinations updated – tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A and B and polio. Malaria is a concern in some areas and we therefore recommend that some precautionary measures are taken. For more detailed information on prophylaxis and the effects as well as possible side effects, please contact your doctor, travel clinic or tropical institute.

Namibian custom officials require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.

Namibia’s climate can be extreme. In summer (November to February) it can be scorching in the interior and Namib Desert with temperatures of up to 50°C. This is also the rainy season and afternoon thunder showers can bring relief. In the northeast of the country, the summers are more humid. In winter (from May to September) the central plateau can be very cold at night with pleasant day time temperatures.

No smoking is allowed in the safari vehicle or in the tents. While on the road, there will be frequent stops for smoking and bathroom breaks.

For most people it goes without saying that one has to comply with the laws and regulations of the country visited. Guests who do not comply, are responsible themselves for any consequences that might result. If any non-compliance has negative effects on the tour itinerary, continuous travel arrangements would be at one’s own account. Please accept that in such cases, refunds are not possible.

Please also comply with unwritten rules such as patience and courtesy towards government representatives and Namibians in general. Please always ask first before taking pictures of local people and respect their privacy.

When travelling anywhere, basic safety measures apply. Do not carry large sums of cash, be careful of your cameras, cell phones and jewellery and never leave valuables lying open in the safari vehicle. Carry cash and travel documents in a pouch on your body. Do not walk alone at night and be especially cautious when drawing money at an ATM. When in doubt, ask your guide.

 

only get out at designated picnic stops. Our safari vehicles have pop-up roofs to allow for safe photography – never get out of the vehicle to get closer to animals for a better photo. Wild animals can be dangerous, even if it does not look like it. Please do not feed the animals or remove plants, flowers, seeds or stones.

During a bush walk, do not approach the animals too closely just for the sake of a good photo and do not be loud as animals respond immediately to noise.

Always remember that your tour guide is a trained professional and knows the area well. For your safety (and that of the animals), follow the guide’s instructions at all times.

Voltage is 220 Volt and the South African plug with three round pins in a triangular pattern is used. The common two-pin plugs are not compatible and you will need an adapter. Our safari vehicles are equipped with 220 Volts electric sockets to charge cell phone and batteries while driving.

Should – against expectation – any problems arise while travelling, please speak to your guide right away. Only once your guide knows about problems of any kind, can these be rectified.

Speaking frankly will be to your advantage. If your objections are not met by immediate redress, please contact our office in Windhoek directly. We will do everything we can to rectify the situation immediately.

Camping Adventure Kaokoveld map