After breakfast we leave Lüderitz and after 35km on the tar road we turn into the desert. Tyres will be deflated to ± 0.9 bar (depends on the baggage), then we drive through the most beautiful mountains and dunes and the first dunes will be tackled. Everyone will be assisted throughout the dune driving process (communication radio). Camp near Suzie “The Ford Truck” area is reached and we put up our camps and the fire will be lit.
After breakfast the camps are taken down and we drive further. Driving past the bulldozer of Moshe Kahn on the way to St Francis Bay, where our next campsite will be. The tents will be put up, bodies will be cleaned, eat and be sociable. By this time there will be lots to talk about.
The same will be done as the previous mornings and then we will go into the dunes and then down to the sea. There are very big dunes waiting and everyone will concentrate because this is Heavy Dune Driving at its best. The experience of the previous two days will help a lot and we will drive in the direction of Meob Bay, sleep under the stars and the fire will be burning while we wait for supper.
After breakfast we drive further and the dunes open up. We will travel over the diamond fields of the previous century, crossing a couple of dunes till finally reaching the wreck of the Eduard Bohlen. The old towns, Holsatia, Charlottenfelder and Grillenberger, which were abandoned, will be visited. These towns were abandoned because it was too expensive to take all the equipment out of the desert. We arrive at the camp and will make ourselves comfortable around the fire while we are waiting for supper.
After breakfast we will drive north along the beach in the direction of Sandwich Bay and the shipwreck Shawnee will be visited and the interesting history about it will unfold. Lunch will be held in the vicinity of Sandwich Bay. This is where the massive dunes run into the sea and it must be 100% low tide before we can get through. After this we drive into the dunes, and here the dunes are getting bigger and bigger. All the experience from the past days will now be tested to the extreme in the dunes. The last evening in the dunes and for old time’s sake we will enjoy our evening next to the fire, while waiting for supper, after a hard day’s 4X4. A good night’s rest before we take the long road to Walvis Bay.
After breakfast we still have a couple of dunes to cross on our way to Walvisbay. On the one side you have the sea and on the other the dunes, sand and more sand. The tour ends in Walvis Bay. We will overnight in Swakopmund.
Pre & Post tour accommodation
(Vehicle starts at R800 per day excluding insurance, insurance starts from R130 per day.)
5 Nights / 6 Day Trip
R12 900 per person
8 JANUARY 2017 - 13 JANUARY 2017
23 FEBRUARY 2017 - 28 FEBRUARY 2017
6 MARCH 2017 - 12 MARCH 2017
17 APRIL 2017 - 22 APRIL 2017
22 MAY 2017 - 27 MAY 2017
19 JUNE 2017 - 24 JUNE 2017
17 JULY 2017 - 22 JULY 2017
1 AUGUST 2017 - 6 AUGUST 2017
23 OCTOBER 2017 - 28 OCTOBER 2017
20 NOVEMBER 2017 - 25 NOVEMBER 2017
15 DECEMBER 2017 - 20 DECEMBER 2017
DATES ON REQUEST
We here at Omalweendo Safaris (Dekker and Willemien Smit, RW van Zyl, Günter Langmaak, Simon and Mathias) are dedicated to give our guests the best possible adventure in the oldest desert in the world. Due to the descent of cold air blown in off the Benguela current, the Namib Desert has maintained its arid status for 80 million years and is believed to be the oldest desert in the world, its name meaning “vast open spaces”. It is completely devoid of surface water but bisected by several dry riverbeds and characterized by extensive dunes. We have the most experienced tour-leader in the desert as part of our team and he is also a founding member of Omalweendo Safaris, who had the fortune to recently acquire a concession for tours in the Namib Desert.
Dekker Smit is one of the most learned and knowledgeable people on the Namib Desert and an unlimited source of information on the Namib in particular and Namibia in general. Your tour leader is an experienced adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times and impart a wealth of biological, cultural, historic and four-wheel drive knowledge.
If this is going to be your first introduction to the Namib it will really be an exceptional experience. If you are a seasoned desert traveller this is the ultimate!
The adrenaline rush is unparalleled and the dunes along this stretch of Namib are higher and more challenging and require technique to manoeuvre from one dune strait to the next. The magnitude of what awaits you is difficult to express in words. For this tour the emphasis is not only on the adrenaline thrill of dune driving, but also for a special look at the plants; desert creatures and wildlife that make this desert their home. This history of the diamond mining activities of the previous century and what the industry left behind is one of the most interesting subjects of a journey through this magnificent area. Because of the nature and risk of this route, we focus on mainly on the safety of our guests while driving.
Three meals a day will be prepared by our experienced bush chef in his mobile kitchen, with salads, potjiekos, braais and many other surprises on the menu. Some of our overnight stops will be rustic and unusual, but you will never the less at all times be safe, the crew will spare no effort to make you comfortable, provide you with good wholesome food and, most importantly, see that you have a good time. At all camps there will be a toilet and shower tent erected.
Although this self-drive adventure can get “exciting” and is sometimes not a “walk in the park, this is not a Dakar Rally and we will at all times practice safe off-road driving techniques. Should you experience any difficulty, our crew do have the knowledge and recovery gear to assist with most off-road driving problems. You must just ensure that you have a vehicle that is capable and sound for the experience with high flotation tyres.
OMALWEENDO is an Owambo word which means “to travel”.
OMALWEENDO Safaris is a legal Concession Holder to offer 4 X 4 trips through the protected areas of the Namib Desert.