Namibia 2019-29th December 2019 to 4th January 2020-Kunene River Mouth

Namibia 2019-29th December 2019 to 4th January 2020-Kunene River Mouth

Discover the wild and desolate Skeleton coast of Namibia, stretching from Swakopmund all the way to the Kunene river mouth, the border with Angola. This stretch of inhospitable land is infamous for its many shipwrecks and tales of suffering and heroic rescues in years gone by.

Starting in Swakopmund, we will travel north along the coastline, heading for the

Kunene River mouth, setting up camp at night in the dunes or dry river beds, alone and faraway from any form of civilization. The trip will take us on to the beaches of the rugged coastline, into the dunes of the oldest desert in the world, into dry, and sometimes flowing riverbeds and then finally in a southerly direction through the dry Koakaland all the way to Sesfontein and then Palmwag.

This is a trip filled with adventure, awesome scenery, fantastic 4×4 driving and great outdoor living. You will need to carry a minimum of 220 litres of fuel for a diesel and 250 litres for petrol engines. All drinking, washing and shower water will need to be carried in or on your vehicle. Each vehicle will also be required to carry at least two bags of firewood and 20 litres of water for the kitchen

The cost of the trip includes two really good and tasty meals per day and all camping and park entry fees.

 

It goes without saying that all vehicles must be in a sound and roadworthy condition as we will be entering and passing through harsh and remote areas where any form of recovery is virtually impossible. This is not a trailer friendly tip, so no towing will be allowed, it’s a challenging trip for the vehicles on their own, never mind a trailer hooked up behind.

December is a hot time of the year and at times conditions will be extreme, however we will be spending a lot of time in our air conditioned vehicles and at times the west coast can become quite chilly.  I believe that we will be experiencing the Namib at its very best.

New year’s eve at the Kunene river mouth, this will be a truly memorable occasion I’m sure.

 

Itinerary

Day 1, 29th Dec 2019:                  Swakopmund to Rocky point   +/- 500kms

We meet in Swakopmund at 07h45 with full tanks. Two way radios are handed out and depart by 08h00

We travel via Cape Cross to Terrace bay and fuel up for the last time.

When departing from Terrace bay, petrol vehicles need at least 250 litres of fuel and the Diesel’s 220litres on board for the remainder of the trip.

From Terrace bay we will travel to Move Bay where the road ends and we enter the beach (tide permitting). We proceed a few kilometers north to Move Bay where we find shelter close to the beach and set up camp for the night.

Day 2, 30th December 2019:         Move Bay to Angra Fria +/- 150kms

Today we will travel along the beach (tide permitting) past the Hoarusib river mouth. Along the way we’ll pull over at the wreckage of the Ventura bomber which was involved in the rescue of the stranded passengers from the ship wrecked Dunedin Star. We then travel past Rocky Point, The Khumib and Hoanib River mouths and proceed all the way to falls Angra Fria where we will set up camp either on the beach or amongst the lava hills. Depends on the weather at the time.

Day 3, 31st December 2019:       Towards the Kunene River Mouth +/- 120Kms

After breakfast we venture towards the Kunene Mouth. This will involve beach travelling past the famous Dunedin Star wreck site and huge salt pans.

Once we have passed Bosluis Bay we will reach the Kunene River Mouth with its famous wetlands which is inhabited by 72 different bird species we’ll as the Nile crocodile and soft –shelled terrapins.

Day 4, 1st January 2020:         Kunene River Mouth to Hartmann Valley +/- 65Kms

Today will be dune driving day in an easterly direction all the way to Hartmann Valley. We’ll stay as close to the thundering Kunene River as possible with fantastic scenic spots along the way. There will be many opportunities for action photos in the dunes.

The night camp will be close to the Kunene River

This place can only be visited with capable vehicles as getting back up from the Kunene is not possible with normally aspirated diesels or any other underpowered vehicles.

Day 5, 2nd January 2020:       Kunene to Marble Camp Site

We leave the Kunene and travel down the Hartmann Valley until we reach the Marble Campsite, A community camp with basic shower and toilet facilities. We should see wild life such as Zebra, Giraffe, Springbok and plenty of Oryx along the way.

The route is slow which will allow the scenery to be enjoyed to its fullest with many photo taking opportunities.

Day 6, 3rd January 2020:         Marble Campsite to Purros +/- 80Kms

After visiting the marble quarry we then travel towards the Hoarusib River Today is a slow drive and seeing elephants will be on the scenic menu, we may well encounter them along the way. The River is lushly vegetated with Mopani Anna trees and large Makaleng palm trees. The drive will vary from sandy riverbeds to rocky twee spoor tracks.

The drive will take the whole day until we reach Purros Community Camp, in the heart of the desert elephant country.

This will be our last evening together and walking around at night with the ever presence of elephant is a no-no.

Day 7, 4th January 2020:             Sesfontein / Palmwag

After one last breakfast together, our guides bid us farewell as they travel back to Swakopmund and we travel towards Sesfontein / Palmwag for re-refueling.

Rates:

  • Per adult                          : R15850.00   30% deposit by 31st January 2019 (R4755), 20% by 29th June 2019 (R3170), 50 % by 12th November 2019 (R7925)
  • Per Child 11- 17 years    : R4500.00
  • Per Child 6 to 11yrs       : R3400.00
  • Per child 2- 5yrs            : R1925.00

Costs includes:

  • Guide and guide vehicle
  • Wind shelter, shower and toilet facilities
  • 2 meals per day, hearty breakfast and a real tasty dinner.
  • Experienced guides with their own vehicles.
  • Camping, park entry and concession fees.

Costs Exclude:

  • Transport
  • Fuel
  • Lunch
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Camping gear
  • Travel and vehicle insurance.

What you need to carry.

  • Tents, mattresses, sleeping bag, folding table and chairs
  • Your own cutlery and crockery. Washing up facilities provided with hot water and dish washing liquid.
  • Water, Minimum of 60 litres of which 20 litres will be carried for the guide to be used in the kitchen. 40 litres is for your own showering. Drinking water must be added to this.
  • 2 large bags of wood per vehicle.
  • Strong garbage bags, you will need to carry your own garbage.
  • Beverages, snacks and lunch. Tins may be compressed, bottles not.
  • Your own personal items such as medication and toiletries.
  • Enough fuel to cover approximately 1000kms. Petrol vehicles, 4 km/litre and diesel vehicles 4-5 kms/litre. If you know your vehicle is heavier then you need to work it out and carry more fuel.