Itinerary: Etosha Game Park Plus Tribes Of Northern Namibia – 7 Days – (Tour KAL-W 2)
Windhoek – Otavi – Etosha Game Park – Oshakati/Ovamboland – Ruacana Falls – Opuwo / Kaokoland – Outjo – Windhoek
Departure from Windhoek via Otjiwarongo to our destination in the vicinity of Otavi in the North of Namibia. Stop at Okahandja, the former tribal centre of the Herero people. Visit the wood carvers market and, if time permits, the graves of the great Herero chiefs, and the old cemetery with graves of members of the German “Schutztruppe”. Lunch packs en route. Dinner / bed / breakfast at a lodge or other accredited accommodation near Otavi.
After breakfast travel eastwards and visit the Hoba-Meteorite near Grootfontein. This is the world’s biggest meteorite. It weighs some 60 tons and its age is estimated to be approximately 190 to 410 million years. Picnic with lunch packs en route. Proceed via Grootfontein to Farm Hedwigslust, home of the “Ombili Foundation”. The aim of the foundation is to teach the 300 Bushmen living on the farm to become self-sufficient as farmers. Depart for the famous Etosha Game Park. Dinner / bed / breakfast at a rest camp in the park.
A full day of game viewing in the Etosha National Park. This park is one of the major sanctuaries for wildlife in Africa. The area was proclaimed a game reserve as far back as 1907. The size is 22,270 km² and it consists mainly of bush and grass savannah. This type of landscape provides excellent opportunities for game viewing at the numerous waterholes or in the open countryside. There is a game-viewing drive after breakfast until late afternoon with a break for lunch. Dinner/ bed / breakfast at a rest-camp.
After a final game viewing drive on the Andoni Plains we leave the park through its northern gate and enter Ovamboland, the most densely populated region of Namibia. The Ovambo consist of 8 sub-tribes. The Nakambale Museum at Olukondo is our first stop, depicting the past and present role of the Finnish Mission, the church and the local cultures. Afterwards visit the Ngonga homestead and observe the different demonstrations of wheat crushing, basket weaving, hair braiding and perhaps traditional dancing and music. Lunch packs en route. Proceed to Oshakati via Ondangwa. Dinner / bed / breakfast at a lodge in Oshakati.
After breakfast travel through the western part of Ovamboland. Flat, sandy plains dotted with Makalani palms, savannah and Mopane woodlands characterize the landscape. Visit the Ruacana falls, which are a spectacular sight after good rains. Lunch packs en route. As we proceed to Opuwo, the sandy plains of Ovamboland overlap into the varied landscape of the Kaokoland and its dry dolomite hills in the south. This region is also home to about 17,000 Herero-speaking pastoralists, with about 5000 being ovaHimba. Dinner / bed / breakfast at a lodge in Opuwo.
Visit a typical ovaHimba settlement. The ovaHimba are nomads, which still practice their ancient tradition and culture and 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. Return to Opuwo and proceed in a southerly direction to Kamanjab. Dinner / bed / breakfast at a guest farm in the Kamanjab area.
After breakfast travel via Outjo to Otjiwarongo, the capital of the North. Lunch at a lodge in Otjiwarongo. Afterwards proceed to Windhoek. Arrive in Windhoek during the afternoon.
Prices as per separate Price-List.
Services included: Overland trip 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 of a personal nature, e.g. drinks, lunches, telephone calls and tips in the restaurants.
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.