Trek with Himbas and Topnaar People

Day 1: Flight to Windhoek

Arrival at the Windhoek airport and departure toward Waterberg National park (depending on arrival time, clients may overnight in a hotel in Windhoek the first night). Short hike on top of the red sandstone plateau that dominates the huge plains of the Kalahari Desert… This National Park of 405 km² was founded in 1972 in order to protect the endangered species of the Kavango and Caprivi, like black Sable antelope, Roan antelope, the Tsessebe and the buffalos.  The cliffs on the plateau house unique dinosaurs’ footprints and the petrified sand dunes and is a must-see site for any visitor into Namibia. It is also not rare to spot leopards, cheetahs and other predators, including wild dogs. Overnight in lodge or camping facilities.

Transfer: about 4 hours. Hiking time: about 2 hours. Accommodation: camping facilities or lodge, full inclusive.

 

Day 2 and 3: Etosha National Park

Today’s journey leads us to Etosha National Park, one of the main sanctuaries for the African wildlife. The heart of the park is the Etosha pan, an old dried lake of about 5 000km²; this great white depression, a place of mirages that also gives the opportunity to spot large herds of wild animals, makes of Etosha a unique experience in Africa. A game drive is scheduled in the afternoon in order to discover one of the most beautiful landscapes in all Africa. On day 3, a fantastic game drive through the numerous water holes of Etosha national park offers a spectacular scenery.

Animals, including large herds of elephants, black rhinos, lions and hyenas are seen in their natural environment… We will probably witness huge gatherings of animals like Oryx, springbok, kudus and zebras during the day.

We enjoy our game drive in the early morning and late afternoon; after dinner, we will spend sometimes near the water hole of our rest camp, observing the diversity of animals that come to drink from it. AM/PM Game drive. Accommodation: camping facilities/or lodge.

 

 Days 4: Kaokoland

We leave for the Kaokoland, the territory of the Himba people, with fantastic landscapes enroute. It will not be rare to come across herds of zebras, kudus and springboks running in the savannah… We go through numerous villages of the Herero tribe in their traditional attires… We meet the Himba donkey drivers and villagers. Accommodation: camping facilities/or lodge.

 

Day 5, 6 and 7: Kaokoland

Three days of hike in the Himba territory, in the wild landscape of the Kaokoland to meet this mysterious people where we will install our camp not far from the villages… Kaokoland is one of the least inhabited and wildest areas in Namibia, with a population density of 2 people per 2 km² that is ¼ of the national average. In terms of fauna and flora, Kaokoland is probably the most famous in Namibia. Hiking time: about 5 hours. Accommodation: camping facilities.

Our small tents and other necessities like food and water are carried on the back of the donkeys, driven by local Himba people.

 

Day 8: Epupa falls

After 3 days of a journey out of the ordinary, we arrive to the famous Epupa Falls, a real paradise comprising of baobabs, palm trees and luxurious vegetation. Epupa is always inhabited by the Himbas; a diverse and rich fauna occupies the riverbanks. The colossal falls of the Kunene River add to the great spectacle. Accommodation: camping facilities/or lodge.

 

Day 9: Sesfontein

On the way to Sesfontein through Opuwo, the administrative capital of the Himba territory; we cross the Schwarze Mountains by the magnificent track of the Joubert Pass. We take a walk to explore the area. Accommodation: camping facilities/or lodge.

 

Day 10: Damaraland – Twyfelfontein – Brandberg

We leave the Himba territory and drive towards Damaraland, an area occupied by the Bushmen who still use the click language… This is a magnificent drive through the Damaraland, a very wild region where white rhinos were reintroduced few years ago. All the way you can observe giraffes, springboks and other animals occupying huge savannah areas. We enjoy a walk guided by a local click speaking guide at the site of Twyfelfontein that contains lots of painting and rock engravings done by the ancient bushmen… A magnificent site to visit, which is also a clear testimony of the past life of these glorious desert men… Hike time: 1h30 walk to the rock engravings of Twyfelfontein and 3 hours walk in the Brandberg. Accommodation: camping facilities on the Brandberg Mountain massif/or lodge.

 

Day 11: Swakopmund

Back to civilization and enjoying a free time in the coastal town of Swakopmund or taking up one of the optional activities available (scenic flight over the desert, Dolphin boat cruise, 4×4 drive in the desert, etc…). B&B accommodation in a lodge.

 

Day 12: Walwis Bay – Homeb – Oswater

We gather by the water front in Walvis Bay around 09:00 and we will be transferred from Walwis Bay to the Namib Desert to be at the trek departure point. A short walk of 2 and a half hours to arrive at our camping site for the first night.

Accommodation: Camping. 2 and a half hours walk

 

Day 13: Oswater – Salt River

Morning departure for the great shadows and light dunes of the first sunlight play with the landscape; walk along Kuiseb till Natab village. The first meeting with the Topnaar people, at Natab; we visit the family of a boy Denis and his mother. A people threatened by extinction, the Topnaars are part of the great ethnic group of the Nama, originally from the actual South Africa. Nomads living mainly of the “Nara” harvest, this people is part of the full ecosystem of the Kuiseb River. Lunch at Natab under and Acacia tree, picnic lunch and we go back to our walk in a dazzling environment. 4 hours AM hike and 4 more hours in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Camping

 

Day 14: Salt River – Klepneus – Homeb – Namib Desert

We wake up at dawn for a walk between the dunes and lowlands of pebbles, lunch under the shadow of an Acacia tree, observing the fauna and flora of the Namib Desert. Appreciate the silence of one of the oldest deserts in the world. Picnic lunch and a nap in this landscape of Kuiseb. We finally cross the river and are transferred to Homeb to take back our car and continue with the journey.

Accommodation: Camping. 4 hours hike, bivouac camp in the Sesriem camp site.

 

Day 15: Namib Desert: Sesriem and Sossusvlei

Discovery of the red dunes of the Namib Desert. 3 hours hike to the discovery of Deadvlei and Big Daddy dune, said to be the highest dune in the world. Bivouac camp.

Accommodation: Camping

 

Day 16: Windhoek

Transfer back to Windhoek, the Namibian capital city; installation at the hotel and free visit of the capital with its typical market, its main avenue and the numerous shops with particular colors. Diner at own account in town or at the hotel according to your own desires (we can suggest to you a typical African diner if you would like to have one.

 

Day 17: End of tour and transfer to the airport

Boarding and flight back to France. Accommodation with B&B only.

Trek with Himbas and Topnaars People Package