UNCHARTED NAMIBIA

Expedition Overview

Motoring Journey across the Oldest Desert in the World.

Namibia: the land of never-ending dirt roads, the land of constantly changing scenery, the land of the brave. Captivating in scale, natural grandeur and sheer emptiness, Namibia is by turns breathtakingly beautiful and almost dauntingly wild. It’s a country that will stun you with its beauty, recharge your batteries, and deliver a fresh perspective on life, the world, and our minute presence in it all. And what better way to take it all in than with a motoring journey? Namibia possesses some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa, and a trip through the country is one of the greatest overland adventures in the world. It’s like a coffee-table book that comes to life as you traverse sand dunes of the world’s oldest desert and meet the crashing rollers along the wild Atlantic coast. Our motoring journey has been carefully designed to show you the best of Namibia’s rich tapestry, offering a mix of extreme climatic conditions, unforgettable sights and challenging off-road driving experiences through this timeless land of arid deserts, majestic sand dunes, stone age rock art, and petrified forests. A true bucket-list territory.

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What to Expect

Motor Across Challenging Routes That Only Our Legendary 4×4s Can Travel.

Expedition Details

Country Namibia
Dates 06 – 20 December, 2022 (15 days)
Price $10,900 per person
Expedition Vehicle Specially Prepped Toyota Land Cruiser 79 series
Max Group Size 12 Pax
Terrain Dirt Roads + Challenging 4×4 Trails
Weather Max 35°C and Min 18°C
Drive 3200 kms
Ideal for : Active Adventure Seekers

What You'll See ...

You will see the captivating scale, natural grandeur and sheer emptiness of Namibia, which is by turns breathtakingly beautiful and almost dauntingly wild.

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Expedition Itinerary

DAY 1: FLY INTO WINDHOEK

Accommodation: Naankuse Lodge or similar

Driving Distance: 40 kms | Driving Time: ~1 Hr | Driving Terrain: NA

Windhoek will be the gateway for our Namibian Adventure. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your private lodge which is located amidst a stunning nature reserve. It’s a short drive from the airport, and a perfect way to relax and meet the fellow explorers before the start of our expedition. In the evening, we will have the detailed expedition briefing followed by a wonderful welcome dinner.

DAY 2: WATERBERG PLATEAU

Accommodation: Waterberg Wilderness Lodge

Distance: 320 km | Drive Time: 6 hours | Terrain: Gravel Roads

The first day of our overland journey into Namibia. We will be heading north towards Waterberg Plateau National Park driving through gravel roads. Dating back some 200 million years, the sandstone heart of the plateau is imprinted with equally ancient dinosaur footprints. Open grasslands and lush woodlands are dissected by deep ravines, while springs at the base of the escarpment nourish the surrounding plains. For those interested in short hikes, the panorama from the end of the trail up to Mountain View is definitely worth the effort and time.

DAY 3: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK (SOUTH)

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort or Similar

Distance: 340 kms | Drive Time: 6.5 Hrs | Terrain: Dirt Roads

This day, we will be heading towards Namibia’s well-known highlight of the North – Etosha National Park. Translated as the “Place of Mirages”, “Land of Dry Water” or the “Great White Place”. Etosha is apparently an endless pan of silvery-white sand, upon which dust-devils play and mirages blur the horizon. It is one of Africa’s best game reserves and the park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. We will be staying at Okaukuejo located in the south of the park – home to one of the most popular waterholes of Etosha National Park. After a long drive from Waterberg, we will relax at the Okaukuejo Resort camp and enjoy one of the best flood lit waterholes in Namibia. The main advantage of staying on site is to be at the waterhole after sunset, when there can be lots of activity. And staying outside the park means you must leave by sunset. You will have time to head out for an evening game drive and then relax at the property. At night, we patiently wait and if we are lucky – we might spot lion, elephant, oryx, jackal and maybe the famous and very rare black rhino to come down and drink from the waterhole.

DAY 4: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK (EAST)

Accommodation: Namutoni Resort or Similar

Distance: 150 km | Drive Time: 3 hours | Terrain: Dirt Roads

This morning, after a nice breakfast in Okaukuejo, we slowly drive through the national park, observing all the different wildlife that we find along the way, and end up in the far east of the park. We will be staying at Namutoni Camp, that centres around a beautiful old German Fort and hence has more character to it than the other camps in Etosha. Namutoni is also overlooking the flood-lit King Nehale waterhole (better known as Namutoni waterhole) and furthermore, it is the closest place to Fisher’s Pan. The pan is a renowned spot for water birds, including flamingos, that come here so that they can breed during the wet season.

DAY 5: RUACANA, NORTHERN NAMIBIA

Accommodation: Ruacana Eha Lodge or Similar

Distance: 360 km | Drive Time: Approx. 6 hours | Terrain: Tarmac + Gravel Roads

We leave the wilderness and wildlife of Etosha National Park behind us and enter the rural areas of northern Namibia. This is where our real overland adventure is about to begin. A long day of travel through many small rural villages before arriving in Ruacana that lies on the border of Angola and Namibia. For those who are interested, you can wakeup early the next day morning, and go on a hike to Ruacana Falls for a beautiful sunrise. The dramatic Ruacana Falls are sometimes referred to one of the most spectacular sights on the continent.

We will be staying at the Ruacana Eha Lodge, which from our perspective is a glittering oasis in the rugged landscapes considering not many options available this far up north. Though it’s a basic lodge, it’s an ideal place to break the journey before we head into some of the more remote and unseen regions of Northern Namibia.

DAY 6: EPUPA FALLS, NORTHERN NAMIBIA

Accommodation: Epupa Falls Lodging Camp or Similar

Distance: 150 kms | Drive Time: Approx. 5 hours | Terrain: 4×4 Trails

Today we follow the Kunene River that is the border between Namibia and Angola on a bush track. This scenic road has some breath-taking landscapes and is a proper 4×4 track with river crossings that can be very tricky with some rain. We arrive in Epupa Falls Lodge which is located in an area that is the home of the Himba people, one of the last tribes still living in a traditional way in Namibia. The lodge is situated on the southern bank of the Kunene River, from which the Kunene Region takes its name. We visit the Himba tribes in one of their villages to explore their culture and traditions before heading to the lodge. If everything goes as per the plan, we will head to the Epupa Falls for a wonderful sundowner experience. Unless if we have heavy rains and the drive to Epupa gets very tricky, in which case instead of a sundowner, we will head to the falls the next day morning for the sunrise.

Epupa Falls is Namibia’s largest system of waterfalls and cataracts, and it lies on the Kunene River in northern Kaokoland. The area surrounding Epupa Falls has richly coloured rock walls, a variety of trees including wild fig, baobab and waving makalani palms. Spectacular sunsets and perennially flowing waters means that the area offers much to see and experience. Bird watching is rewarding, especially for the rare rufous-tailed palm thrush, as well as bee-eaters, the African fish eagle and kingfishers, ranging from giant to the tiny malachite kingfisher.

DAY 7: VAN ZYLS PASS

Accommodation: Wild Camping

Distance: 150 km | Drive Time: Approx. 8 hours | Terrain: Serious 4×4 Trails

A very early morning start for our journey southward from Epupa falls towards Van Zyl’s Pass – the most notorious pass in Namibia, located in the far northwest of the country, in Kaokoland. Located between two very steep mountain ranges, it’s a classic extreme overland route. The outrageously steep pass itself is a pure adrenaline rush, with tough driving, dodging through boulders, rocks, ravines and badlands. Today will be one of the longest days of the entire expedition. And to make it more interesting, we will be camping in the remote wilderness with no infrastructure. A day you will remember throughout your life.

DAY 8: PUROS

Accommodation: Puros Bush Lodge or similar

Distance: 200 km | Drive Time: Approx. 8 hours | Terrain: Serious 4×4 Trails

Today we travel down Van Zyl’s pass. The descent from the top of the pass covers a distance of ten kilometres – but it will take you three to six hours to negotiate. To drive this trail, you must have supreme confidence in your vehicle and your driving skills and the route presents a great challenge to those who like such kind of a thing! We will be driving along the southern edge of the Marienfluss valley that provides grazing for the cattle and goats of the indigenous Himba population. And then through another infamous Namibian pass called Joubert pass into the Khumib river for some off-road adventures towards Puros. The landscape is a mix of hills, plains, wooded river valleys and spectacular dunes and has the Khumib and Hoarusib rivers. After a hard day driving, all you need is a wonderful evening to relax in comfort and that’s exactly what you will get at Puros Bush Lodge where we will be staying for the night. It is 100% conservancy-owned, only the second lodge in Namibia to be community owned. You will experience the vastness of Namibia together with great game viewing opportunities in a natural setting; you will be unfortunate not to see an elephant as there are plenty of them.

DAY 9: SESFONTEIN

Accommodation: Ongongo waterfalls camp-site

Distance: 160 km | Drive Time: Approx. 4 hours | Terrain: Dirt Roads

A short day ahead of us compared to the last few days, we will be heading towards a dusty but photogenic region, set between mountains in the Hoanib Valley. Ongongo means “magical” in the Herero language. It is indeed a truly magical if not spectacular place. Set in a small canyon in the far northwest of Namibia, a completely barren landscape with some villages close by – you will find permanent water simply oozing out of the mountain. The water is relatively warm which allows for swimming year-round. We spend the evening relaxing at the campsite, and it will be a magical night considering the location of this place.

DAY 10: TWYFELFONTEIN

Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or Similar

Distance: 200 kms | Drive Time: 4 hrs | Terrain: Gravel Roads

Today we will head south out of Ongongo. First we will visit the Petrified Forest along the way where you can see ancient, giant trees washed down from the Congo basin over 200 million years ago in a mass flooding event, and the trees over the millions of years have turned to stone. Then we continue heading south towards the Huab valley in Namibia’s Kunene region (formerly known as Damaraland). The area, known as the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy, boasts various rock engravings and paintings. These are a silent testimony to the first hunter-gatherer and subsequent Khoi-San inhabitants of 6000 years ago, who used the area as a place of worship and shaman rituals. We will be staying in the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge which is nestled at the base of imposing red sandstone hills and looks out over sweeping views of gravel plains. Its design has taken inspiration from the colours and shapes in the local landscape, and in this way the lodge seems to blend in with the surroundings. We will be spending two nights in this place and soaking up in the landscape and exploring the surrounding areas as much as possible.

DAY 11 & 12: SWAKOPMUND

Accommodation: Seabreeze Hotel or similar

Distance: 340 kms | Drive Time: 5 hrs | Terrain: Gravel Roads

Today we drive further south towards the adventure capital of Namibia where the ocean meets the desert. Sandwiched between Atlantic rollers and the Namib Desert, Swakopmund is one of those great traveller way stations along the African road. A surreal colonial remnant, part destination in its own right and part launch pad for an exploration of the Skeleton Coast and Namib Desert. We intend to arrive by lunch so that you can explore the town at leisure or participate in any of the optional adventure activities that Swakopmund is famous for (sand-boarding, skydiving, quad biking…).

The next day morning, we venture over to the nearby town of Walvis Bay and head out on a catamaran for a few hours on the water where we may see dolphins, seals and various water birds including the pink flamingos of the area. And post lunch, we head off on a drive into the sand dunes towards Sandwich Harbour for an epic dune driving experience. You will experience the adventure and beauty of exploring the world’s oldest desert driving yourself our 4×4 machines. The sight as you drive between the Atlantic Ocean on one side and towering sand dunes on the other is incredible and something you won’t find anywhere else.

DAY 13 & 14: SOSSUVLEI

Accommodation: Sossus Dune Lodge or similar

Distance: 350 kms | Drive Time: 5 hrs | Terrain: Gravel + Tarmac

We drive south from the coast to the mythical sand dunes of Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia and one of the world’s greatest wonders. Located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest conservation area in Africa, and fourth largest in the world – the sand dunes at Sossusvlei are just one more excellent reason to visit Namibia. Sossusvlei is best known for its huge sand dunes (big Daddy being one of the biggest) and Deadvlei.

We will be staying at Sossus Dune Lodge, which is nestled against the low-lying mountains in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, providing breath-taking views across the plains to the surrounding dunes. We head to the mighty sand dunes the next day early morning for a wonderful climb the Big Daddy and down into Deadvlei. After an adventurous day of exploring the area you can sit back and relax in the utmost comfort under the large, expansive African Sky. We enjoy a farewell dinner this day.

DAY 15: DEPART FROM WINDHOEK

Accommodation: NA

Distance: 330 kms | Drive Time: 5 hrs | Terrain: Gravel + Tarmac

We leave the desert behind us and head back to the capital. For those who wish to fly out on the same day, can book a late evening flight out of Windhoek. Else, you can stay back this day and take a flight next morning.

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Dates & Prices

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 April 5th – April 16th $6,550 INQUIRE TODAY

The quoted price is per person on double occupancy basis unless otherwise noted, and are subject to change without notice. Families travelling with kids are requested to contact us for exclusive family prices. Solo travelers and groups with more than 2 members and those who need single supplement are requested to contact us for the differential pricing. Optional activities are at an additional cost. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.

*Go Solo : Additional US$ 4943 USD per person (An exclusive expedition vehicle for one person and accommodation on single supplement)

What's Covered & What's Not

  • Exclusive Expedition Vehicle for each team of 2 people
  • Fuel for Expedition Vehicle
  • Nomadic Road Expedition Leader throughout the trip
  • Exclusive Expedition Photographer cum Filmmaker throughout the trip
  • Local cultural expert and hospitality staff throughout the trip
  • 4x4 support vehicle
  • Field Chef & Technical Crew throughout the expedition
  • All camping equipment’s
  • Accommodation for all nights on twin share basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Bottled water and refreshments
  • Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner
  • Entrance fee for entry into all National Parks
  • Game drives within Etosha NP
  • Himba village tour, a crocodile and bird watching walk along the river in Northern Namibia
  • Catamaran Cruise at Swakopmund
  • Airport transfers
  • Third party liability insurance for the expedition vehicle
  • All excursions, entrance fees, and visits as described in the itinerary
  • International Flights, Visa and International Driving Permit
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Day 1
  • Lunch and Dinner on Day 15.
  • Accommodation on Day 15 for those who wish to stay back for an extra day.
  • Optional activities mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Comprehensive Personal Insurance(s)
  • Personal medication
  • Extras like room service, drinks, optional excursions and items of personal nature like laundry, tips, phone calls etc.

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