Kaokoland & Damaraland Experience 2024!

Kaokoland & Damaraland Experience 2024!

A 14 days self drive journey in Namibia (from 16 until the 29 of September 2024) of discovery and adventure, through the suggestive Damaraland to reach the wild Kaokoland up to its northwestern end marked by the Kunene River, on the border with Angola. The most primordial places and landscapes of Namibia, with their desert elephants, the many animals that have adapted to these extreme conditions and the prehistoric cultures that have left us invaluable artistic traces in the form of paintings and rock engravings will be the setting for an experience that it will take us back in time. In 4×4 off-road vehicles equipped for camping to discover the boundless spaces of northwestern Namibia through its most challenging tracks and to live in contact with an intact nature.

For only 6 participants with 2 fully equipped off-road vehicles fully camping equipped (2 tents that can be mounted on the roof for each 4×4), together with Gianluca Massalini who will be your guide: you will be driving the vehicles yourself, for which a minimum of experience off-road driving is required. The first and last night in Windhoek you will overnight in a hotel, while all the others in organized campsites.

After the drop on of the off-road vehicles in Windhoek and the first overnight in hotel in Okahandja, we’ll stock up our provisions for the following days and immediately start the adventure reaching the area of the Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia, where we will camp. Here we will be able to carry out an interesting trek to be able to admire, with the help of a local guide, the many rock paintings in the area as well as the most famous one: the White Lady.

We will continue the ascent of Damaraland until we reach Twyfelfontein, paying attention to the desert elephants that move freely in these lands. Here we will have the opportunity to admire the local archaeological site, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, that is the most interesting in Namibia because, in addition to being the only one where rock paintings and rock engravings are simultaneously present, offers a wealth of exceptional finds.

The landscapes of Damaraland and its colorful mountains will accompany us to Sesfontein and from here we will enter Kaokoland: the land of the Himba. Gradually the tracks will become more and more challenging, but the spectacle of the primordial nature in which we will immerse ourselves will make us forget the difficulties.

In Purros, the last noteworthy village before the ‘nowhere’, we will plant the camp along the river (probably dry, but we will have to pay attention to the ‘mud traps’) and, since there are no fences, the animals of the wild will be able to visit us (especially desert elephants and giraffes): with a minimum of attention and following the behavioral rules dictated by your guide we will be able to enjoy this intimate contact with nature in safety.

A spectacular panoramic track that runs a few tens of kilometers from the Skeleton Coast will allow us to go deeper and deeper into Kaokoland and after the challenging Red Drum Pass we will finally descend into the Marienfluss Valley, with its red sand and dry grass that moves in the wind like waves of the sea all around us.

The final destination of our adventure awaits us with its green waters: the Kunene River, which marks the northern border of Namibia with Angola. On its banks we will camp for a couple of days, in order to relax and explore this wild area.

We will then retrace our steps, but after Purros we will explore the Hoanib River, rich in animals including, recently, some desert lions. On the rocky plateaus before the Hoanib River there are chances of spotting some rare black rhino.

Crossing Damaraland again, we will enter Etosha National Park from Galton Gate (west gate): this part of the park has been reserved for researchers for years and, recently opened to visitors, always reserves beautiful surprises. From here we will cross the whole west part of the park, exiting the Anderson Gate after a couple of days, and then finally reach Windhoek.