Ultimate Namibia Adventure: Skeleton Coast and Kaokoveld

Our Ultimate Namibia Adventure is perfect for active adventure seekers who want to go off the beaten path. See stunning desert landscapes in the most remote reaches of Namibia: Skeleton Coast and the Kaokoveld region.

From $6,399
per person
10 days
Airfare not included
Based on
2 travelers

Our Ultimate Namibia Adventure is perfect for active adventure seekers who want to go off the beaten path. Designed for a well-traveled couple from the UK, this package will take you through stunning desert landscapes in the most remote reaches of Namibia: Skeleton Coast and the Kaokoveld region. You will get plenty of adventure during the day and relax at night in remote yet luxurious camps.

The couple spent their first 3 nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, a tented luxury camp surrounded by the rugged scenery of the Namib Desert. During the day, they explored the pristine and majestic Skeleton Coast area with the help of their naturalist guide, sighting elephants, giraffes, and several other fascinating desert creatures. They were treated to a delicious dinner at the camp each night and were able to unwind around the campfire.

Continuing their Ultimate Namibia Adventure vacation, they traveled to Etambura Camp, where they stayed for 1 night and enjoyed magnificent views of the sacred Onjuva Plains. The next day, they traveled to the scenic Hartmann’s and Marienfluss Valleys on their way to their luxury accommodations at Okahirongo River Camp. They took a boat excursion along the Kunene River and returned to camp for a delicious dinner. Next on their Ultimate Namibia Adventure, they went on a guided search for the Himba tribe, the last remaining nomadic tribe in Namibia, and learned about the tribe’s way of life.

After 3 nights at Okahirongo River Camp, they took a scenic and wildlife-rich route to the small settlement of Purros and on to Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, a luxurious camp surrounded by desert wilderness. The next stop on their Ultimate Namibia Adventure was Grootberg Lodge, where they enjoyed impressive views of the Klip River Valley below their private deck. They tracked endangered black rhinos through the desert and were able to see these magnificent and rare creatures up close.

On the last day of their Ultimate Namibia Adventure, they visited the ancient rock paintings at Twyfelfontein and enjoyed a picnic lunch before beginning their journey home.

Destinations
Experiences
Our Reference A280

Day 1
Meet your private naturalist guide at the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Your arrival time is dependent on your arrangements, but should time allow, the afternoon will be spent exploring the Hoanib River, a recovering wildlife refuge. Return to camp around sunset, in time to freshen up before dinner and enjoy the evening around the campfire learning about this remarkable area.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast camp is located on the border of the Skeleton Coast National Park in one of the most remote parts of the Kaokoveld. The Kaokoveld is a land of rugged scenery, mountains, vast plains, and dry riverbeds inhabited by incredible desert-adapted plant and animal life. Here, despite the arid environs, elephants thrive along with giraffes, antelopes, lions, leopards, and cheetahs.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Day 2
Spend today enjoying activities on offer at the camp and exploring this starkly beautiful area with local guides. Activities include exciting game drives searching for desert-adapted wildlife within the Hoanib River, guided walks and hiking trails, and afternoon drives.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Day 3
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic flight to the coast before landing at Möwe Bay’s airstrip. From here, continue in a safari vehicle exploring the majestic coastline. After a picnic lunch on the beach and some further exploration, you’ll fly back to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Spend the evening relaxing and enjoy a sundowner in your luxurious tented rooms.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Day 4
After an early breakfast, you will leave the camp and head north, crossing the Giribis Plains and entering the Tomikas River, which will lead you to the Hoarusib River. Continue north through this rough and rugged terrain. Immerse yourself in the dramatic scenery as you make your way toward the Onjuva Plains, a sacred area where local tribes have not allowed hunting for centuries. The holy plains are steeped in mystery, with several different stories of why the area was consecrated by the semi-nomadic Himba herders who live here. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before arriving at Etambura Camp in the late afternoon. Etambura is the first Himba co-owned camp, overlooking the holy plains of Onjuva. After settling in, enjoy the magnificent view with a sunset drink. Spend the evening around the campfire absorbing the tranquility of the area while your guide prepares and serves a tasty dinner.
Etambura Camp

Day 5
With an early start, enjoy a magical drive north to the Kunene River, traversing the rocky Hartmann’s Pass to Rooidrom (Red Drum), an oil drum turned landmark. Heading west and then north, you will head up the famous and desolate Hartmann’s Valley, eventually making your way over the mountains and into the Marienfluss Valley. Arrive at the Kunene River and make your way to the luxurious Okahirongo River Camp at the top of the Marienfluss Valley. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Kunene River and surrounding mountains. In the afternoon, take a boat excursion along the river. Keep an eye out for the local birdlife and crocodiles. Return to camp just after sunset, in time to freshen up and enjoy a delicious dinner.
Okahirongo River Camp

Day 6
Today is filled with exciting and informative guided activities. In the morning, enjoy a scenic nature walk with your guide to explore the impressive surrounding areas along the Kunene River. Escape the midday heat in the comfort of the camp and enjoy a relaxing lunch. Then depart on an exciting search for the last nomadic tribe of Namibia, the Himba tribe. Learn about the customs and traditions of this very proud nation, gaining insight into their beliefs and way of life. Afterward, enjoy a scenic drive back to the lodge and stop on top of a mountain for a stunning sunset over the picturesque landscape. You will return to camp with enough time to freshen up before dinner.
Okahirongo River Camp

Day 7
After a scrumptious early breakfast, you’ll have the opportunity to journey south to the picturesque Marienfluss Valley. Pass the Holy Mountain of the Himba while meandering your way back to the settlement of Orupembe. Depending on the season, your guide will either head along the Hoarusib and Khumib Rivers, hopefully spotting desert-adapted wildlife, or take you through the vast and silent plains. After a scenic picnic lunch, stop under the welcoming shade of towering camel thorn and ana trees and make your way down the river. This is also a well-known area for desert-adapted wildlife, including elephants and lions.

After visiting the Himba settlement you will continue on to Purros, a small settlement of less than 300 Himba and Herero herders. Arrive at the luxurious Okahirongo Elephant Lodge in the late afternoon. Relax at the lodge and spot elephants, black rhinos, lions and other African animals in the surrounding desert.
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Day 8
Enjoy a delicious early breakfast before setting off on your long, yet scenic drive to the Grootberg Mountain to reach the lovely Grootberg Lodge in late afternoon. Relax on your private deck enjoying unsurpassed views of the stunning Klip River Valley and perhaps catch sight of black eagles hunting just below you.
Grootberg Lodge

Day 9
Rise and shine! Take an early breakfast before you head out on a rhino tracking excursion. Head out with your guide and experienced local trackers to follow these highly endangered animals. Get an up close view of the only black rhino population left in the wild outside of reserves. Enjoy lunch in the field and return to the lodge in the later afternoon.
Grootberg Lodge

Day 10
After a delicious, leisurely breakfast, make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein to take a walk through history and view a magnificent collection of ancient rock art. Afterward, you’ll head to Doro Nawas Airstrip and enjoy a picnic lunch before flying back to Windhoek and beginning your journey home.

 

  • 3 Nights Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp – all inclusive
  • 1 Night Etambura Camp – all inclusive
  • 2 Nights Okahirongo River Camp – all inclusive
  • 1 Night Okahirongo Elephant Lodge – all inclusive
  • 2 Nights Grootberg Lodge – all inclusive
  • Skeleton Coast coastline visit
  • Wildlife tracking along the Hoanib & Hoarusib Rivers
  • Boat excursions on the Kunene River
  • Hartmann’s & Marienfluss Valley tours
  • Black rhino tracking
  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle
  • Services of registered & experienced English-speaking naturalist guide
  • National park and other entrance fees and excursions
  • Mineral water on board the safari vehicle and local beverages