Destination: Damaraland and Kaokoland
Essence of the trip:
Explore one of the largest wilderness areas in Africa on a unique journey through the dramatic, arid landscapes of Namibia. On this trip, inspired by the locations and scenes of the Oscar nominated film Mad Max: Fury Road, we’ll take you by helicopter up to the rugged and desolate Skeleton Coast where you’ll explore the remains of old ships as you trek along the beaches that we’re the backdrop to the epic dystopian action film. From the Skeleton Coast, you’ll be helicoptered across to Namibia’s highest peak; The Brandburg Mnt in the region of Damaraland another key location for the film. Here you’ll spend the night out in the open elements under the stars. For the next eight days you’ll be taken off the grid, trekking and wild camping in some of the remotest and hostile regions in Africa as you lookout for desert adapted elephant and rhino along the way.
This trip will give you:
An incredible first 24 hours in Namibia, where you will helicopter along the Skeleton Coast, before landing on the summit of the highest mountain in the country, where you’ll camp for the night.
The chance to completely immerse yourself in the Namibian wilderness, trekking through some of the most deserted regions imaginable.
Memories of tracking desert-adapted lions and elephant on foot, for a true safari experience that is far removed from the experience of most travellers.
An insight into the unique culture of both the San Bushmen and semi nomadic Himba people, two of Africa’s last traditional tribes.
After disembarking your international flight in Windhoek, you will be met by your expert guiding team and will then immediately board a helicopter for a stunning flight along the epic Skeleton Coast. After tracing one of the most uninhabited coastlines on the planet and taking in the abandoned ship wrecks and dramatic scenery for which it is renowned, you will land on top of Namibia’s highest peak, Brandberg Mountain. From the summit of the “Burning Mountain” you’ll be able to take in stunning 360-degree views before spending your first night camping at 2,574 metres above sea level.
The following day you will leave Brandberg and travel onto the spiritual and sacred Twyfelfontein Rock by foot. Departing north, you’ll cross through central Damaraland and continue further north via the Doros Crater into the home of the Huab and Aba Huab Rivers, where you will finish your second day wild camping before an early morning departure into the Palmwag area.
For the next two days you’ll trek through the Palmwag concession and track illusive desert-adapted elephant, lion and rhino on foot, staying in mobile bush camps each evening. Venturing further north to the border Kaokoland and the Hoanib River, you will continue to track game by day and wild camp by night for a true back to nature wilderness experience.
Over the following three days you will continue to journey further north via the Khumib River to the Orupembe region, which is home to one of Africa’s last traditional tribes, the Himba, who are semi nomadic cattle farmers. Camping close to the Himba, you will witness the unique culture of this ancient indigenous tribe first hand in a way that very few other travelers will ever do.
The final two days of your trip will be spent further west, as you head through the Hartman Mountains and into the breathtaking landscapes of the Hartman Valley, where you will conclude your expedition. This trip will therefore allow you to experience some of the most unpopulated, diverse landscapes on Earth, using a combination of trekking, tracking and cultural insight to allow you an unparalleled insight into the deserts and wild African bush of Namibia.
If you are interested in taking this trip and would like to discuss it in more detail with our team of experts touch here or call us on 0207 426 9899 (UK) or 1-888 341 9663 (US) to start planning your trip.