• Mashatu Botswana  - credit Bethan Evans
    Mashatu Botswana - credit Bethan Evans

Namibia Tribes

This itinerary takes you on a guided camping trip to visit Namibia tribes and to deep in to the heart of the very north of Namibia.  This is a truly wonderful way to explore an area not accessible to regular travellers and to learn first hand how these tribes live in this harsh environment.

Summary

Tribes and Wild Camping in Namibia

This itinerary takes you on a guided camping trip deep in to the heart of the very north of Namibia.  This is a truly wonderful way to explore an area not accessible to regular travellers and to learn first hand how these tribes live in this harsh environment.

Day 1: Damaraland
Day 2: Opuwo
Day 3: Kunene River
Day 6: Kaokoland
Day 9: Damaraland
Day 10: Windhoek

Description

Description

 

This itinerary takes you on a guided camping trip deep in to the heart of the very north of Namibia.  This is a truly wonderful way to explore an area not accessible to regular travellers and to learn first hand how these tribes live in this harsh environment.

Day 1: Damaraland
From Windhoek, begin the journey to Damaraland in the north west of the country. Almost immediately you will see wildlife at the edge of the road as warthogs and baboons forage along the road edge.  Relax with a sundowner looking out over the waterhole with the birds flocking in to the reeds as the darkness falls.
One night Damaraland

Day 2: Opuwo
An early start as you head north to Opuwo, keeping your eyes alert as there is a good chance of seeing the desert adapted elephants on the early part of the journey. The guides will set up the tents and then head off into town to buy the provisions for the next few days.
Take this opportunity to go with them and to wander through the town. Here the Herero and Himba tribe mix and many of them are in their traditional dress. The Herero women in their Victorian style long dresses and magnificent head dresses and the Himba with not much more on other than their beautiful jewellery, a skirt and wonderful red coloured skin (you will learn more about how they maintain this colour later in the trip).  A somewhat incongruous site is seeing a Himba lady wandering down the street in full costume and on the mobile phone!
One night Opuwo Camping

Day 3: Kunene River
Today you head to the very north of the country and the Kunene River, which marks the border between Angola and Namibia. Here you will camp for the next three days with the Epupa Falls thundering in front of you and crocodiles sunning themselves on the little islands in the river.
During your stay here you will visit the Himba villages with a guide to learn about their nomadic life, their values and their way of life. The guide ensures that you are welcome and the tribe benefit with the food, snuff and other items given to them. This ensures all benefit from your visit.
Three nights Kunene River Camping

Day 6: Kaokoland
The next part of your journey takes you in to the really wild parts of this region as you begin your search for the animals that have adapted to the desert. You will still occasionally come across Himba villages and Himbas herding their cattle, sheep and goats as you move from one valley to the next. The scenery is stunning and the wildlife beginning to return in numbers.
Here you will have a mixture of camping totally in the wild with the occasional stop at a camp site with shower etc. Your days start with the sunrise and end when the wine bottle is finished. You will be tempted to take many photos, particularly of the elephants, rhino (if you are really lucky) and other animals that are re-colonising the area.
Three nights Kaokoland Camping

Day 9: Damaraland
Heading back towards civilisation, stop overnight in Damaraland, having had a final day’s game drive. A chance to take those final sunset photos of Damaraland. Leaving the peace of the true wild may be difficult.
One night Damaraland

Day 10: Windhoek
Return either to Windhoek for your final night or to Swakopmund if you intend adding to your itinerary to this fascinating and diverse country.

We can offer an alternative journey that will give you time with the San people and this is combined with wild camping in the west of the country and then on to the Caprivi strip.

Namibia tribes - camp      Namibia tribes - Himba Girl

 

Namibia tribes - Himba Tribesman      Namibia tribes - Orumpembe

Little Gems

Little Gems

This itinerary is a little gem in itself – an opportunity to get close to and to understand people living in much the same way that they have for many years but with the odd modern convenience!

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