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Tracking Desert Elephants and Black Rhinos of Damaraland

Damaraland - Skeleton Coast - Damaraland

5 Days / 4 Nights

Overview

This is a 4 nights , 5 day guided self-drive safari into the remote north west of Namibia. This tour starts at Palwmag Lodge, where you meet your guide. This safari can be done as a guided self-drive or a guided safari, when booking please specify this.
Please take along snacks when driving in the day.

Key
RO: Room only
SC: Self Catering
HB: Half Board
B&B: Bed and breakfast
D, B&B: Dinner, bed and breakfast
FB: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily
FI: Fully inclusive

Included

GUIDE
LEAD VEHICLE + FUEL
PARK FEES
ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND ACTIVITIES AS PER ITINERARY.

Day 1: Kaias Fountain Wild Camp, Damaraland

With its well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa and an impressive list of breath-taking natural wonders, touring Namibia is truly a pleasure. Visit the capital of Windhoek and the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund to discover remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. To properly appreciate this extraordinary country, you will have to venture out of the cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes Namibia has to offer. These include: the impressive Fish River Canyon Park; the vast Etosha National Park teeming with local subspecies, such as desert lions, desert elephants and the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra; the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert; and of course the Namib Desert stretching for nearly 1000 km along the magnificent Atlantic coastline. Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.

Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.

Day Itinerary

This safari starts from the Palmwag area and the trail leads into the 5000 square kilometre private Concession Area of Palmwag Lodge. Breathtaking landscapes in mountainous area teeming with game welcome the guest - springbok, oryx, kudu, ostrich, jackal, zebra, giraffe, hyena, occasionally lion, leopard and cheetah provide excellent photographic opportunity for wildlife photography in this vast open infrastructure less wilderness area. With a bit of luck encounter the endangered black rhino (Bicornis Bicornis) and the famous desert elephant, which roam the area in absolute freedom.
The trail continues through game rich valleys and river beds, through gorges and past springs in search of a fresh track of black rhino or desert elephant. If lucky, we follow the guide for a few kilometres on foot and hopefully have the opportunity to enjoy the spellbinding experience of finding the rhino or the elephant in its natural habitat. Depending on game activities, the camp will be erected in the wild in the Hunkab spring area. Sip a refreshing drink while the guide prepares the meal on an open fire and absorb the day's experiences.

Overnight: Kaias Fountain Wild Camp

Car Rentals

Included

Self Catering

Day 2: Kaias Fountain Wild Camp, Damaraland

Day Itinerary

Spend and the day in the area, looking for wildlife and enjoying the scenery.

Included

Self Catering

Day 3: Hoanib River Wild Camping, Skeleton Coast

Known by the Bushmen as the "land God made in anger" the Skeleton Coast is remoteness at its best. Thousands of miles of sandy desert dotted with shipwrecks meet with the cold waters on the Atlantic and somehow an amazing array of wildlife and flora manages to survive in this harsh but beautiful environment.

Day Itinerary

Early departure into a northerly direction following the course of the Tsuxub river all along the eastern sceleton coast boundary into the Hoarusib river. Good opportunity to encounter plains game and desert elephant. Set up camp in the Purros community camp site with sharing ablutions. PM visit to a Himba village in the area with sundowner excursion in the scenic and beautiful Hoarusib river.

Overnight:Gai–As Fountain Wild Camping

Included

Self Catering

Day 4: Gai–As Fountain Wild Camping, Damaraland

Day Itinerary

After breakfast enjoy a short hike for a brief inspection of the night's game activities around camp. The journey continues into the upper Mudorib River with a good chance of encountering black rhino or desert elephant in this dry and harsh desert environment. Arrive in the Hoanib River, a dry river bed densely overgrown with nutritious acacia trees providing the necessary fodder for the desert adapted elephant. Optimal chances to encounter one of the breeding herds of these giant creatures during the following game viewing drives through the valleys and side arms of this unique natural paradise

Overnight: Hoanib River Wild Camping

The Hoanib River Wild camp is situated close to the Hoanib River, in a remote region of Africa, where the desert landscapes of Kaokoland meet the Skeleton Coast. The camp provides a relaxed haven from where guests can explore the land. The rugged mountains and canyons of the Hoanib River provide a refuge for some of the continent's unique wildlife.

Included

Self Catering

Day 5: Departure

Day Itinerary

End of tour.