The Sun and the Endangered – Rhino Trekking (Camping)
The Tour: Our rhino trekking tour takes us through the picturesque desert landscape, deep canyons and dried up riverbeds. The vegetation varies as much as the landscape does and reveals its beauty only when you stop to have a closer look. There are mysterious ruins dating back thousands of years, a reminder of earlier cultures. Along the coast, a shipwreck stands, giving this coast its name, the Skeleton Coast.
Namibia is home to the largest concentration of Black Rhinoceros, a large number of them are outside the national parks, tucked away deep in the remote parts of the Namib Desert.
It is the rugged and unforgiving landscape of this desert wilderness that made it not easy to access this uninhabited landscape and is the very reason that you still can find free roaming Black Rhinoceros here. However as transportation improved and with modern technology these free roaming Rhinoceros become very vulnerable in their isolated desert environment. It would be for a good cause to travel with us to these areas, making it harder for poachers to operate without being spotted.
Our Camps: Because there is no official accommodation in this area, Etangola Namib Desert Tours have to setup temporary camps in the area. These camps offer all the comfort expected, scrumptious food, warm and comfortable camp beds, shower and secluded toilet. Relax at the campfire, fall asleep while counting the stars and listen to the sounds of the night.
Our camps are in well-selected locations not to disturb the movements of the desert dwelling wildlife. It offers a pictures view of the landscape with unforgettable sunrise and sunsets. Your host and guide will prepare tasty meals on the open campfire. We share our stories under the starry night sky before we retreat to our cozy comfortable camp beds.
- Tented Accommodation.
- Water & Drinks.
- Tour guide.
- 4×4 vehicles for those who prefer the self drive option.
- Radio communication with guide for self drive option.
- Durable Long Pants
- Warm Sweater
- Track Suit
- Reusable Water Bottle
- Insect Repellent
- Flashlight/LED Headlamp (Recommended)
- Camera (Ensure it is Charged)
- Photography Equipment
- Memory Cards
- Spare Batteries
- Travel Pharmacy
- Sturdy Sneakers / Light Hiking Boots
- Light Windbreaker
For the add-on before Etosha NP, departure point is at your accommodation in Swakopmund and drop off in Okaukujo on day 3.
N$ 6 000.00 per person, for 3 days, 2 nights (N$ 2 000 per Day). Valid until December 2019.
Children under 12 half price.
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- The Namib Desert
- Black Rhinos
- Xhai Ais
- Ugab River
- Desert Elephants
Day One – The Edge of Beyond
Departing Etosha National Park we heading for Damaraland at the Edge of Beyond, where the Known merges with the Unknown, where the old and familiar civilizations of Europe and the West end, giving way to the Desert, the Bush, the vast empty plains, and the elemental cultures of Africa.
The journey from Etosha takes us past Outjo and Khorixas and in the area of Twyfelfontein we leave the national road and follow our off-road track through the rugged desert landscape. We follow the winding track to our camp where we will stay for 2 nights.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Day Two – Rhino Trekking
The Namib Desert is the oldest in the world and the vegetation had plenty of time to adapt to the harsh desert environment making the best of the slightest possibility to capture moisture. This makes it even more incredible to find wildlife the size of a Black Rhino in the desert. To find sufficient food to fodder on, the Rhino had to venture vast distances and eat very selectively on the scarce and scattered vegetation.
The Black Rhino live a solitary life and only occasionally meet with other Rhino’s. To find a Black Rhino in this endless landscape we need the better part of the day to search for the most resent tracks and then we follow the tracks. It is likely that we might also have to hike a while before can view the Rhino from a safe distance.
Throughout the day we will come across many other wildlife found here, like Giraffe, Klip Springer, Kudu, Mountain Zebra and many more.
We return to our camp in the afternoon where your host and guide will prepare tasty meals on the open campfire. We share our stories under the starry night sky before we retreat to our cozy comfortable camp beds.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day Three – Desert Elephant
Our return journey takes us past Xhai Ais an ancient ruins in the area and we visit a site where you can find petrified trees.
In the dry riverbed of the Ugab River we search for Desert Elephant who sometimes wanders this far west.
Like so many wonders found in Namibia, the Desert Elephant is one of these wonders. To see these giants trending through the scorching desert leaves you with only more admiration for this mighty animal.
They are elusive and tend to hide themselves among Acacia trees during the day, emerging to drink and feed at night. The most noticeable difference is that the Desert Elephants appear leaner and less bulky, their feet are wider helping them to walk with more ease across the very soft desert sand.
After the Ugab River we head towards the Seal Colony at Cape Cross and from here towards Swakopmund.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Accommodation on the third day will be at an additional cost.