Destination: Damaraland, Ugab River, Goboboseb Mountains, Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei Sand Dunes.
Essence of the trip:
Be among the first to venture across a stretch of Namib Desert that has yet to be completed by another explorer. Trek unsupported through the sandy plains and pass through the twisted backdrop of the Damara Belt before being guided to the Skeleton Coast by the sound of the pounding surf. This is the ultimate intrepid desert expedition, the chance to test yourself to your limits and to experience the area so precious to the ancient San Bushmen.
This trip will give you:
- A test of endurance. Carry everything you need to survive for the duration of the trekking phase, apart from water which will be cached at strategic points en route.
- The chance to trek through the Namib Desert with an eye on the imposing Brandberg Massif for the duration.
- Trek deep into the coastal desert that early navigators didn’t dare approach.
- Navigate through the unchartered territories of the dried up Ugab River and the daunting Goboboseb Mountains.
- Finish your trek with a micro-lite aircraft flight over the Skeleton Coast, where you’ll finish your stay at a luxury desert camp in the midst of the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes.
Touch down in Namibia’s capital of Windhoek where you’ll be met by our expert team of guides. From Windhoek Eros airport you’ll be flown in a light aircraft for a stunning ride over the rolling, rocky hills to reach the Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland. The area supports the largest population of free roaming Black Rhino in Africa, as well as many desert elephant and you’ll be introduced to the Save the Rhino Trust’s activities by the head warden. Over the next 72 hours you’ll take day trips and game drives out with the rangers and start training and acclimatizing for your challenging trek.
On day seven you’ll be transferred to the trek start point after breakfast, and it is unlikely that you’ll lay eyes on another living soul until the end. For the few days you’ll trek across the sandy plains, a formidably beautiful landscape with orange sands littered with milk bushes and ‘Fairy Circles’. Day four will take you in to the Damara Belt, a myriad of dark turbites and schists that have been turned on their sides. You’ll descend down, through this tortured landscape into the dried riverbed of the Ugab River where you’ll spot the artesian wells that nourish the herds of desert Elephant that roam up and down the river bed.
In the next few days you’ll emerge from the Ugab River and the Damara belt mudstone out onto granite plains and head north towards the imposing Goboboseb mountain range. In the evening as you set up camp in infinite solitude take in the stunning views of the Ugab river valley to the north. From here you’ll hit the vast expanse of rugged gravel plains as you continue west towards the coast. For the next two days test yourself as you battle the elements and the strong south westerly winds. As the end of your epic trek approaches you’ll hear the sound of the waves breaking on the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast, the final leg of your intrepid journey. Take in the wreck of the old German trawler the Winston, who became stranded in thick fog in October 1970 and who so few have been lucky enough to experience. Admire the breathtaking landscape that you’ve conquered for one last time from the sky as you’re whisked down the Skeleton Coast over the haunting shipwrecks. For the last few days of your expedition you’ll hole up in a luxurious desert lodge where you can explore the expansive Sossusvlei Sand Dunes, before heading home via Windhoek.
If you are interested in taking this trip and would like to discuss it in more detail with our team of experts get in touch here or call us on 0207 426 9899 (UK) or 1-888 341 9663 (US) to start planning your trip.