Itinerary: Damara & Kaokoland (incl. Epupa Falls) (6 Days) (Tour Code: KAL 5)
Swakopmund – Cape Cross – Twyfelfontein – Bushman Engravings –
Kaokoland – Epupa-Falls – Himba Settlement – Kamanjab – Swakopmund
Depart from Swakopmund and drive north to the Cape Cross seal reserve and view a large colony of 80,000 to 100,000 Cape Fur Seals. This area is also of historical significance as the Portuguese explorer named Diego Cao, the first European to set foot in Namibia, erected a stone cross in honor of King João II of Portugal. Lunch packs en route. Travel into the interior of the country, through rugged landscapes past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, to Twyfelfontein, (meaning doubtful fountain). Dinner / bed / breakfast at a lodge or camp near Twyfelfontein.
After breakfast we visit an amazing variety of rock engravings and paintings, which are estimated to be some 6000 years old. We also view the “Organ Pipes” with its bizarre Dolerite columns and the “Burnt Mountain” with its interesting geological features. Thereafter the tour will proceed northwards across the Etendeka plateau with its flat-topped hills and table mountains. Lunch packs en route. Dinner / bed / breakfast at Fort Sesfontein Lodge. Fort Sesfontein Lodge was historically used as a police station and veterinary checkpoint. Today, after tasteful renovations, it serves as a comfortable stay over for tourists visiting this remote region of Namibia.
Today we travel through northern Kaokoveld to the Epupa Falls. Kaokoveld is one of the world’s last wilderness areas. The landscape is varied, with the most striking topographical feature being the mountainous regions varying from dolomite hills in the south to the towering peaks of the north. This region is also home to about 17,000 Herero-speaking pastoralists, with about 5000 being ovaHimba. Lunch packs en route. Arrive at the Kunene River and the Epupa Falls in the afternoon. With its richly colored rock walls and dense variety of trees, the Epupa Falls are one of Namibia’s prime scenic destinations. Dinner / bed / breakfast at a well-appointed permanent tented camp near the Epupa Falls.
After breakfast visit a typical ovaHimba settlement. The Himba are a sub-tribe of the Herero people. They are the only tribe still practicing their ancient tradition and culture. They are nomads which roam the area in search of grazing for their cattle. A local guide will accompany us in order to negotiate a visit to a “Kraal” and to give us an insight into the lifestyle and culture of the ovaHimba people. Afterwards return to the camp for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. You might want to take a stroll along a nature footpath which offers a prime view of the main falls as well as the little side falls. Sundowners are served from a little hill overlooking the falls. These are optional and are not included in the price. Dinner / bed / breakfast at the camp.
Today we travel via Opuwo in a southeastern direction towards Kamanjab in the Karstveld. The rocks are dominated by limestone that dissolves easily in water, forming large underground caverns. The pretty landscape consists mostly of grasslands and scattered trees, including Commiphora and Sterculia species. Dinner / bed / breakfast at a lodge near Kamanjab.
After breakfast return-journey to Swakopmund via Outjo, Otjiwarongo, Omaruru, Karibib and Usakos. Lunch en route. Arrival in Swakopmund in the late afternoon.
Prices as per separate Price-List.
Services included: Overland trips and all sightseeing as per itinerary. Overnight in double rooms with private shower/bath and toilet. Breakfast and Dinner. English speaking tour guide.
Not included: Expenses for personal belongings e.g. drinks, lunches, telephone calls and tips.
Departure Dates: No fixed departure dates. Tours are undertaken on request.
Please note: These are standard tours. However, we can also offer tailor-made tours according to your requests.