The Adventure Boutique is proud to present a unique journey blending world-class guides with the very best adventure that Namibia has to offer. With the expertise and knowledge of our guides, we will endeavour to show you the route less travelled and introduce you to the pure beauty of the Namibian land and its people.
- Experience and learn about the naturally beautiful landscapes, wildlife and people up close and personal
- Meet one of the most remarkable indigenous tribes in the world – the San. Learn their ways and understand why they are some of the best trackers in the world.
- Track the native wildlife on foot, or in vehicles through their natural ranges
- Climb the highest mountain in Namibia within the Brandberg Massif
- Trek through the Namib desert and across the majestic dunes
TECHNICAL AND FITNESS LEVEL
No special technical skills needed but a good level of fitness is required
RECOMMENDED GROUP SIZE
A range of luxury accommodation; luxury lodges chosen for their style and service, not just their amazing locations, as well as a few nights luxury camping enabling us to spend time in stunning locations under the African stars.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
April-May and September-October are the best times to experience the regions on our itinerary; If you have a pre-formed group (family, friends or an organisation), we would be delighted to organise an expedition around dates that suit your group.
|1||Arrive in Walvis Bay||Desert Breeze lodge or similar (D)||Enjoy your first evening at Swakob River and the Namib Desert|
|2||NamibRand Nature Reserve||Desert camping under the stars (B/L/D)||Walking safari through NamibRand Desert|
|3||NamibRand Nature Reserve||Desert camping under the stars (B/L/D)||Dune Trekking|
|4||NamibRand Nature Reserve||Desert camping under the stars (B/L/D)||Dune Trekking and Tok Tokkie Farmhouse|
|5||Damaraland and Brandberg Massif||Camping (B/L/D)||Trekking on Brandberg Massif|
|6||Damaraland and Brandberg Massif||Sorris Sorris Lodge (B/L/D)||Summit of Konigstein and helicopter flight to lodge|
|7||Brandberg Massif||Sorris Sorris Lodge (B/D)||Elephant tracking and guided geological hike|
|8||Palmwag Concession||Desert Rhino Camp (B/D)||Meeting the rangers and learning about the Safe The Rhino Trust|
|9||Palmwag Concession||Desert Rhino Camp (B/D)||Black Rhino tracking with the rangers|
|10-12||Nhoma and San area||Nhoma Safari Camp (B/D)||Learning about the daily life of the San bushmen – cooking, crafting, hunting, suvival techniques|
|13||Okonjima||Okonjima Safari Camp (B/D)||Learning about the AfriCat project and leopard tracking|
|14||Okonjima||Okonjima Safari Camp (B/D)||Cheetah tracking and visit of AfriCat Care Centre|
*B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Arrive Walvis Bay Airport. We will be met on arrival by our Expedition Leader from The Adventure Boutique, whom will be with us throughout our Namibian experience. They will accompany you through to your transfer to our lodge for the evening, situated on the Swakop River and overlooking the grandeur of the Namib Desert. Close to the town of Swakopmund, we will be staying here for one night, allowing us time to freshen up and rehydrate after our international arrival and as with all of our accommodation, has attentive staff to ensure that you are never left wanting. Your Expedition Leader will give you a briefing in the evening and whet your appetite for the expedition ahead.
Wake just before dawn with a cup of coffee and a snack to catch the early morning sun rising over the desert. This is an amazing opportunity to capture photos of the changing colours as the sun emerges. We will enjoy our breakfast in the lodge before taking a short flight to the start of our desert trekking experience situated about 500km south of Swakopmund in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Nothing takes you closer to nature than a walking safari and we will be able to take in the desert’s stunning beauty and discover many secrets of the Namib that cannot be experienced when driving. We will traverse mountainous terrain and sandy dunes; we will encounter fog-basking Tok Tokkie beetles, barking geckos, dancing spiders, bat-eared foxes, and many more – the desert is not deserted at all. Your guide will introduce you to this world then let you relax with a sundowner and enjoy a three-course dinner before falling asleep, on stretcher beds out in the open, under the stars.
Today Early morning tea or coffee is served before sunrise followed by a light breakfast so that we can set off in the cool of the early morning on this full day in the desert. The highlights of the walk are the breath-taking views of the dunes and plains as well as the “coming alive” of the desert as the guide allows you to feel, smell, taste and see the oldest living desert in the world. The “morning news”, as written in the sand is always fascinating and with some luck and the guide’s trained eyes, you may spot some of the desert specials; golden mole, dancing white lady, barking gecko, dune lark, flightless wasp just to name a few. We walk over a mountain saddle before descending gently to a dry riverbed. During the course of the day our guide will explain some wonders of the Namib to us – how the fascinating desert flora survives, how insect and reptile life adapts to the harsh environment and how mammals can survive here without water. Birding is surprisingly good and you may be fortunate enough to see one of Namib endemics, the dune lark. Larger animals you might come across include bat-eared fox, oryx, springbok and ostrich.
Our lunch stop will be in a shady spot where we can enjoy the treats prepared by our chefs. Fill up your water bottles; there is plenty of time to relax, have a siesta and reflect on all you have seen. As the heat recedes we will start walking again up and over the dunes to our second overnight spot. The scene in front of us is a sea of endless dunes and “fairy circles” against a backdrop of magnificent mountain scenery. Photography is spectacular! The shadows on the dunes create an ever-changing palette of colours that intensify shortly before sunset. A sundowner and a delicious dinner after a long and enjoyable day are indeed welcome. You might hear some barking geckos, owls or your ears may just ring with the incredible silence. With no ambient lights to distract our eyes, and no cloud to obscure our view, a night under the stars of the desert sky is a memory that will stay with you forever. If the sky is clear and moonless, you will quickly understand why NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the few International Dark Sky Reserves in the world.
Once again we are woken in the soft light shortly before sunrise. Coffee and breakfast is served before we set off through the dune field. The soft and rolling dunes are interspersed by camel thorn trees, which provide welcome shade for a rest. The walk today is easy and we will arrive at Tok Tokkie Farmhouse in the late morning. When time allows we visit the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET), a non-profit, donor sponsored trust, which aims to develop environmentally responsible citizens of Namibia
Today we will transfer by plane to Uis; the gateway town to the land of the Damara and home to the Brandberg Massif and Ugab River. Upon landing we transfer to the Brandberg Mountain to start our trek. The Massif is a circular, dome-shaped structure that rises 2573 meters above the flat plains of Namibia and encompasses an area of 650 square kilometers. Its huge size means that it acts as a “rain shadow”, wringing moisture from the clouds and preventing precipitation in the desert. The monolith is described as being over 120 million years old and the remains of a granitic intrusion that “punched through” the Earth’s crust. The area is inundated by cave paintings, the most famous of which being the “White Lady.” We make time to see these and other paintings before continuing our trek to the highest point in Namibia, the Konigstein. We will make our camp along the way and hopefully see the evening light on the mountain give the appearance that the rocks are on fire leading to the name Brandberg. We spend another night under the magnificent African stars looked after by our mobile camp crew.
We continue onto our trek’s culmination; Konigstein, Namibia’s highest point at 2573m and survey the landscape surrounding us. After congratulations and a group photograph, our helicopter will whisk us off to our evenings accommodation at Sorris Sorris Lodge, north-east of the mountain. Dramatic piles of mesmerisingly balanced granite boulders in a rugged desert landscape set the perfect backdrop for Sorris Sorris Lodge; it encapsulates a modern expression of African architecture, and has an outdoor pool offering panoramic views over the Ugab River and the Brandberg Massif. Rest, refresh, relax.
Today we will have another early wake up call and, after a quick breakfast and coffee, we will head out into the wild to locate the desert elephant and other species that have made this dry land their home. We can drive through the area and take walks to stalk the elephant and get up close and personal with these, the largest of the land mammals. Feel the ground shake as the animals communicate with one another using infrasonics; sounds that we cannot hear but can be picked up miles away by other elephants. After the morning spent driving and walking, we will return to the lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon, our local guide will take us on a geological walk; pointing out the way the area was formed and how, over millions of years, certain features have been eroded to reveal the granite core that we have trekked upon. Evening enjoying the luxury of the lodge.
We say goodbye to the gorgeous Sorris Sorris Lodge and head north to the Desert Rhino Camp; remote, exclusive and specialised, the camp is located in the vast Palmwag Concession, a semi-desert reserve of about 5,000km2 between Etosha National Park and the Skeleton Coast. It is one of the best places to see desert-dwelling black rhino and the word “camp” doesn’t do the beautiful accommodation justice. We will be able to visit and interact with researchers working in the area as they track and monitor the rhino; for more than 30 years, the Save The Rhino Trust has been solely responsible for helping to protect the rare, desert-adapted black rhino. There are now reported to be about 120 individuals in Namibia, up from about 40 in the early 1980s, and this area, the Palmwag Concession, boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere outside of a national park. A portion of the revenue from every guest at Desert Rhino Camp goes to the Trust, which has trained local people to patrol and monitor the rhino. It is with these trackers, some of whom are seconded to the camp, that we will go out tracking. In the evening, we will meet with the trackers where they will explain their work and what we can expect during our time with them the following day. We will settle into our accommodation, enjoy a sundowner or two, and dine before a peaceful nights rest.
We leave camp early in a 4WD vehicle, driving around the reserve and enjoying any wildlife we may encounter. Meanwhile, the trackers are out and about, looking for the rhino. When they find one, they will radio our guide and arrange to meet. From the meeting point we will be heading in on foot, with our guide, at a slow and steady pace. The trackers will always ensure that we stay a safe distance away, but the sheer exhilaration of being within a couple of hundred metres of a rhino whilst on foot more than makes up for the fact that you do not get right up to it. There are other opportunities in the area; there is a rich and diverse birdlife alongside other mammals and reptiles and of course, the bush scenery itself is exquisite. Another sundowner in a beautiful setting and a delicious evening meal end our day. You will be escorted to your “tents” by a member of staff.
DAY TEN, ELEVEN AND TWELVE
Today we will enter the area of the San, or bushmen as they are locally known. We take a morning flight to Nhoma in the heart of the San area; south-west of the Caprivi Strip, close to the border with both Botswana to the East and Angola away off to the North. The San are some of the finest trackers bar none.
In the afternoon we will have an introduction to the community. Any activities will depend on what individual people are doing; cooking, crafting, preparing hides or making hunting equipment such as quivers and arrows. Traditional games may also be played and in the evenings there is a good chance of experiencing various dances.
Over the next two full days, we will be the guests of the San. We will head into the bush with three or four hunters collecting and eating bush foods. If fresh tracks are found, the walk may turn into a hunt; although usually unsuccessful, hunts are always interesting! If any animal is killed, all parts of it are utilised. The finding of a bee’s nest is just as important as hunting an animal and “hunting” for honey will more than likely be on the programme. The medicinal use of plants will also be pointed out along the way. The walk does not follow a fixed route and the intensity/duration of the hunt can be adapted. The making of fire by various methods and other survival techniques, such as making rope and setting traps will be demonstrated during the course of the day. We stay for three nights as it takes time to get used to the place, to get to know the villagers as individuals a little, and for them to get to know you. This kind of connection just doesn’t work if we try to rush in and rush out; this is an experience that we don’t want to hurry.
Todays destination is Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation, situated halfway between Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, and the Etosha National Park. AfriCat’s mission is the long-term conservation on Namibia’s large carnivores and this private 200km² nature reserve is ideal habitat to rehabilitate cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyenas. We will have unlimited opportunities to see these beautiful animals in their natural environment. After our morning arrival we will freshen up, enjoy a freshly prepared lunch and then head into the bush to track the elusive leopard. If conditions are good, we may also have a late evening/night drive to spot nocturnal wanderings of the carnivores and other large mammals.
A very special penultimate day in Namibia; we will be tracking cheetah on foot. Heading out by vehicle with our guides, we will aim to intercept the cheetah at some point as it traverses it’s territory looking for game. Hopefully we can spend some time tailing this beautiful lithe cat and, as an extra bonus, there is a good chance of seeing wild dogs at some point. After lunch we will visit the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre, where we will get to meet some of their carnivore ambassadors up close, and learn about the work that is being carried out to try and save the rapid declining population of large predators.
In the evening we can dine majestically before retiring to the fire pit for one last evening listening to the night sounds of African nature under the immense star filled skies.
Today we will say our goodbyes to our Namibian hosts and head back to Walvis Bay for our connecting flights back home.
This adventure will depart with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 12*.
Prices based on two people sharing on request. A non-refundable deposit will be required.
* We can accommodate private groups less than 4 or more than 12 people. Please contact us for further information.
How are we catered for?
We will be staying in various lodges and camps throughout our adventure in Namibia and you will be dining within them. Any dietary requirements will be taken into account. Some days will see us supplied with a packed lunch while we are travelling on our adventure.
What clothing/equipment do I need?
The Adventure Boutique team will give you a full comprehensive kit list when you sign up and be on-hand if you have any questions before the trip.
Do I need to tip our local staff?
You do not need to tip the local staff. Unlike other companies, we have included the tipping into the price so there are no hidden surprises when you arrive in the country. However, should a particular member of local staff give you extraordinary service then an individual tip, should you wish, will be a nice gesture. Tipping the Expedition Leader is at your discretion but will be much appreciated, especially after you witness their dedication and professionalism in looking after you and ensuring your enjoyment of the trip.
How much spending money would you recommend on bringing?
It is difficult for us to recommend a set amount of spending money for you to bring. We can say it is better to bring more rather than less, as any unspent money can be exchanged later back into your usual currency or taken home with you. Past experience has shown us people can be short of money rather than have too much, especially when they find a desirable souvenir they wish to buy. Please don’t let this happen to you. Although all accommodation, scheduled meals and travel are included in the total price of the trip you may wish to spend on souvenirs, beverages, use of satellite phone or tipping of your Expedition Leader.
Do I need special insurance?
You will need to have travel insurance that will cover you for your destination, activities undertaken and the duration of the trip. Please ensure you have appropriate cover. If you do not have adequate insurance cover, The Adventure Boutique team can help arrange this by referring you to appropriate insurers.
Do I need a visa?
This is dependent on your nationality, our team can advise you on this before signing up. British Citizens do not currently need a visa to visit Namibia as a tourist.
Do I need any vaccinations?
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide. You should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a travel clinic. For truly specialist travel health we have partnered with The Centre For Health & Human Performance in London where a specialist travel health appointment can be booked.
How large are the groups?
The group size should be a maximum of twelve people. The number of participants is kept to a level where quality can be maintained. We normally have a maximum number so as not to allow the groups to become too large. We believe that by doing this, the Expedition Leaders will be able to look after you more carefully, in turn you will find the group dynamics work better and your success rate and enjoyment level increases immeasurably. If you are a group of friends of more than twelve, then obviously we will work together to accommodate you. If you would like to have a more personalised trip below the recommended group size, we would happy be to facilitate this for you too.
What is the minimum age a person has to be to go on this adventure?
The minimum age is 16 years old accompanied by a legal guardian or 18 years old otherwise. If you do have children and want to bring them, we would be happy to facilitate this. We would be happy to make necessary arrangements to accommodate a young person into a private group.
Is there a maximum age?
There is no maximum age limit, providing you are fit and in good health. The walking safaris could be hot and dusty and will require reasonable stamina, having said that, there will always be vehicle back up for those feeling the heat. The office can advise on your suitability for this trip in terms of fitness level.
Will my mobile work? Can I stay in touch with the office or my family?
You’ll find some phone reception during your trip, partially when in cities. We specially carry a satellite phone in case of emergencies, but we also realise people may need to keep in touch with their loved ones or have some work commitments to deal with. The satellite phone can be used for a charge.
Can I organise this trip exclusively for myself, my friends and family?
If you have a group of friends or family who want to travel together, a bespoke date can certainly be arranged to suit your party. If you do have your own group and want to discuss any variations in the schedule or particular objectives, feel free to discuss this with The Adventure Boutique team.