Northern Namibia via Marienfluss
The access to the Marienfluss Valley is, however, quite tough, especially if one chooses to tackle the infamous Van Zyl's Pass. The Tour is only manageable in a well equipped 4x4 expedition vehicle. Coming from the Epupa Falls, one takes the D3703 from Okongwati on via Okauwe to Otjitanda, where the Van-Zyl's Pass starts. From Opuwo it goes via Etanga to Orjitanda. Even the access road to the pass is tough and the difficulties not to be underestimated. Onkongwati as well as Otjitanda are not villages, but only tiny Himba settlements, hence help or any service offers can be expected nowhere on the way.Although the actual pass is only a few kilometres long, the extremely steep rock staircase, covered with lots of course, sharp-edged rubble, through the Otjihipa Mountains can only be traversed at snail speed. It will take a couple of hours.
The safari will only run on request as a private tour.
The degree of satisfaction and enjoyment you feel at the end of each day and the end of the trip will depend on you and your capacity to enjoy yourself. This capacity, combined with an active and enquiring mind and a willingness to participate, is essential for all our tours.
If you wish to be pampered and amused with minimal effort on your part, then our tours are not for you. Participation is essential on all trips and everyone is expected to help with chores to ensure the smooth running of the tour. A degree of flexibility is also essential because of the nature of the parameters in which we have to operate.
Overview: Namibia is a vast country dominated by the Namib Desert, an extensive inland plateau and stunning geological mountain ranges. From the lush, northern Caprivi Strip and the wildlife of Etosha National Park to the vast and unforgettable Namib Desert and the desolate Skeleton Coast; the destination has something to offer everyone.
- Waterberg Plateau
- Etosha National Park
- Epupa Falls
- Petrified Forest
- Kunene River
- Himba people
- Marienfluss Valley
Day 1 & 2: Waterberg Plateau, Camp in the Park (350km) Camping. +/- 5 Hour
After meeting the group, we travel north to Waterberg Plateau Game Park, east of the Otjiwarongo in Namibia. The ‘Waterberg’ (meaning water-mountain) plateau is 200 meters high and 20 km wide and has been the Herero people’s habitat for centuries. A scenic forest walk reveals the beauty of the area, a haven for wildlife as well as fauna and flora that will have avid photographers snapping away. We also take a moment to commemorate the loss of 40,000 Herero people during a battle with German soldiers in 1904 in this region. (B,L,D)
Day 3 & 4: Etosha National Park, Namutoni (250km) Camping. +/-4 Hour
Today we enter the Etosha National Park in search of the big game. We take you on extensive game drives with the highlight being a night visit to a watering hole. We watch the animals moving in silent parade down to the water where they quench their thirst. (B,L,D)
Day 5 & 6: Epupa Falls, Omarunga Camp (450km) Camping. +/-8 Hour
Set right on the riverside, Epupa Falls camp in Kaokoland, offers you a rare opportunity to kick back and relax with the kind of soundtrack that only a setting like this can provide. Read a good book and sip on an ice-cold drink while the African sun warming your shoulders, or grab your binoculars and spy on rare birds building their nests in the treetops. Only a few minutes’ walk from the camp, the Kunene River tumbles through the Epupa falls – it’s poetry in motion, a blend of power and poise, cutting through this inhospitable region that the nomadic Himba people have lived in for decades. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Wild Camping, (256Km) +/-4.5Hours Van Zyls Pass will no longer be included in our Safari due to the extreme difficulty grading of the pass.
A new route to follow soon.The perfect stop-off point to relax before travelling to the Marienfluss in Kaokoland. V. (B,L,D)
Day 8 & 9: Marienfluss Valley, Okarohombo Campsite (250km), +/-3.5Hours
Welcome to a paradise at the end of the world! In Namibia’s furthest northwestern reaches, lies Marienfluss Valley. On the banks of the Kunene River, at the head of the Valley, lies our campsite, Okarohombo. View springbok, gemsbok and ostrich, explore a variety of walking trails, go bird watching along the Kunene River and make contact with the local Himba people, gaining insight into their lives. This remote area of breathtaking natural beauty (only accessible by 4x4) is worth making the effort to get to. When you stand on the banks of the Kunene River, watching it flow through fantastic desert scenery, you will understand why this is a campsite that you would not want to swap for any luxury lodge in the world. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Porus, Porrus River Campsite, (233km), +/-3Hours
Ever wanted to test your skills as a 4x4 driver? Well, this is your chance. As we move northwards we move into an area where the landscape demands that you combine brute strength with leopard-like agility. Having navigated the terrain and steered towards 4x4 success we while away the night at Porrus River Camp keeping an ear out for the telltale steps of a curious elephant coming to check out the new arrivals. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Sesfontein, Kwahurib Rest Camp (200km), +/-2.5Hours
Traveling through the heart of the Kaokoland we make our way south to Sesfontein where we will overnight at a local B&B. Named after the ‘six springs’ that surface nearby, Sesfontein is a dusty but photographic spot. Take in the natural beauty of the desert landscape, dominated by umbrella thorns and beautiful, feathery real fan palms, admire its hot springs and, if you get the privilege, interact with the native people – as much a part of this land as the midday heat. Rise early to witness the local village come to life. On most days the national anthem can be heard drifting across the cool air, beautifully sung by the school children. (B,L,D)
Day 12 & 13: Twyfelfontein, Camping (250km), +/-3Hours
Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia. Driving south to the small town of Uis, we take a detour via the Petrified Forest geological site to see the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontien. Learn something new as local guides give you the inside story on the region’s history and geology, before we head deeper into the desert – to Namibia's highest mountain, The Brandberg. Spending the night sleeping under the shadow of this giant 2,573-meter high granite monolith revered as an ancient Bushman spiritual site, is bound to leave a lasting impression. (B,L,D).
Day 14: Spitzkoppe, Wild camping. (250km), +/-3.5Hours
The next stretch of our travels sees us turn directly south towards the icy Atlantic Ocean and the provocatively named Skeleton Coast. As we drive we see the Spitzkoppe rising an impressive 1,728-meters above the surrounding gravel plains. We head for the sharp-headed mountains where we will ‘wild’ camp surrounded by nothing but breathtaking vistas – for as far as the eye can see. Look out for places where trees grow defiantly from thin cracks in the rock faces, bearing testament to the ability of life forms to adapt and survive in this harsh and strange world. FYI: Wild camping is ‘roughing it’ – you don’t have running water or power, and everything we need we have to take with us in our vehicles. (B,L,D)
Day 15: Swakopmund, B&B (250km),+/-3Hours
Namibia's premier seaside town greets us with palm-lined streets and seaside promenades as we arrive just in time to see why it attracts surfers, anglers and beach lovers from all over Southern Africa. For dinner, your guide will point you to the best on offer locally – a range of restaurants to choose from. Namibia’s adrenalin capital, Swakopmund offers a wide range of gut-curdling activities – from skydiving to sand boarding, from quad biking to camel riding. The sky’s (literally) the limit in this town when it comes to exploration. Take an airplane or micro light flight over the desert or go on a scenic drive or, go fishing – reeling ‘em in from the beach or on a boat. It’s not hard to see why Swakopmund is Namibia’s most popular holiday destination. (B, D) One dinner own expense.
Day 16: Windhoek, BB (400km), +/-4.5Hours
Today we end our trip in Namibia’s largest and capital city, Windhoek. After dinner,we say goodbye to your friends and start the journey home. (B,D)
All accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), Lodges all transfers, game drives and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a professional guide, entry and activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized safari vehicles.
Restaurant meals, visa, tips, curios, optional excursions beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping safaris and flights.