At 07h30 all participants get together in Swakopmund. Once assembled, radios will be handed out and installed in all vehicles before we take the road north. The opportunity to fill up on petrol/diesel will be done at Terrace Bay. During this day we will mainly travel (if not the whole day) on main roads (non – 4×4). Our last refuelling point will be at Terrance bay approx. 340km North of Swakopmund. For our first night, camp will be set up in the vicinity of Mowe Bay.
We travel from Mowe Bay passing the Hoarusib River, the Graves of the Seamen (Sir Charles Elliot passing the Khumib River through the Sarusas Valleys to Cape Fria.
We will camp in the vicinity of Cape Fria.
We will travel from Cape Fria to the Kunene River Mouth, where we will reach the most North-Western border of Namibia. From the Kunene River Mouth we will backtrack 12km to Bosluis Bay where we will set up camp for the evening.
From Bosluis Bay we cross the 45km dunes in an Easterly direction towards Hartmann’s Valley in Kaokoland. Tonight camp is set up in the heart of the Hartmann’s Valley.
We travel from the campsite in the Hartmann’s Valley to Orupembe, where we will take on water for the remainder of our journey. From Orupembe we travel to the Khumib River vicinity where we will pitch camp in the surrounding mountains for the night.
From the mountain campsite we travel in the Huarusib River via Puros to Sesfontein where there will be another refuelling opportunity. After refuelling we drive 35km towards Khowarib (on the banks of the Hoanib River) where we will set up camp for the last time.
After coffee and breakfast we say good bye and we part ways for the last time. The road back is open and in a good condition and you should have no problems finding way back home or to any other destination.
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 (photo) 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.
R13900 per person, including pre and post tour accommodation. Excluding vehicle cost. Vehicle starts at R800 per day excluding insurance, insurance starts from R130 per day.
23 JANUARY 2017 - 29 JANUARY 2017
13 FEBRUARY 2017 - 19 FEBRUARY 2017
20 MARCH 2017 - 26 MARCH 2017
3 APRIL 2017 - 9 APRIL 2017
8 MAY 2017 - 14 MAY 2017
5 JUNE 2017 TO 11 JUNE 2017
3 JULY 2017 - 9 JULY 2017
14 AUGUST 2017 - 20 AUGUST 2017
1 SEPTEMBER 2017 - 11 SEPTEMBER 2017
23 SEPTEMBER 2017 - 29 SEPTEMBER 2017
9 OCTOBER 2017 - 15 OCTOBER 2017
6 NOVEMBER 2017 - 12 NOVEMBER 2017
4 DECEMBER 2017 - 10 DECEMBER 2017
8 JANUARY 2018 - 14 JANUARY 2018
5 FEBRUARY 2018 - 11 FEBRUARY 2018
5 MARCH 2018 - 11 MARCH 2018
2 APRIL 2018 - 8 APRIL 2018 (BOOKED FULLY)
14 MAY 2018 - 20 MAY 2018
4 JUNE 2018 - 10 JUNE 2018
5 JULY 2018 - 11 JULY 2018
14 AUGUST 2018 - 20 AUGUST 2018 (BOOKED FULLY)
10 SEPTEMBER 2018 - 16 SEPTEMBER 2018
8 OCTOBER 2018 - 14 OCTOBER 2018
5 NOVEMBER 2018 - 11 NOVEMBER 2018
3 DECEMBER 2018 - 9 DECEMBER 2018
The above are proposed dates which can be adjusted on request. There are two different routes on the Swakopmund - Kunene river mouth - Kaokoland tours one including 45 km dune driving and the other one without the dune driving which will only be over 6 days. With more than 15 adults guests can request their own specific dates.