Namibia Walking Safari – Desert Rhino and Elephants

A 8 day trip to Namibia 

Enjoy an eight-day walking safari into the heart of Namibia’s beautiful Namib Desert and encounter rare desert wildlife, on safari with skilled elephant and rhino trackers.  On this trip, experience the raw-beauty of Palmwag and Hoanib River in Namibia’s Kaokoland region.  Your adventure safari supports the important work of Namibia’s Save the Rhino Trust.

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General Information

A sand dune in Namibia.
Giraffes at a waterhole in Namibia.
A landscape in Namibia.
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

After traversing the Namib Desert you will be based in Palmwag Concession, a private reserve in north-west Namibia.

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Journey to Palmwag Lodge, Kaokoland

Journey north to the remote and beautiful Palmwag region in Nambia’s Kaokoland region. Surrounded by palm trees, the lodge is a true oasis in the desert and elephants are regular visitors to the waterhole.

Day 2: The walking safari begins: Walk to the Aub River

After an early breakfast, we enjoy a wildlife drive to Mbakondja Camel Camp to meet the Save the Rhino Camel team. We ride or walk south to the Aub River, where our camp has been erected prior to our arrival.

Days 3: Walk to the Barab River

Our journey continues with a walk to the Barab River, concentrating on the tracking of the elusive desert giants through a series of hills, rocky landscapes and diverse geology. After even a little rain, the gravel plains are covered in long golden grasses that ripple in the wind.

Day 4: Kudu Springs

We journey west through the Okomutati Springs to Kudu Springs. This area is almost inaccessible to vehicles, an area of pristine wilderness where the sense of remoteness is complete. En route we also have the opportunity to see extraordinary plant life including the ancient Welwitschia plants and numerous lichens.

Day 5: Hunkab Spring

Heading northwards, we aim for the Hunkab Spring. Fresh drinking water in the desert forms the basis for seasonal animal movements and a surprisingly diverse range of animal life can be seen here. Animals from Hartmann’s mountain zebra to elephant and the endemic Ruppell’s korhaan come to slake their thirst.

Day 6 & 7: Hoanib Camp, Kaokoland

We bid farewell to the Save the Rhino Trust trackers and depart on wildlife drive from Hunkab, travelling through the concession to the ephemeral river of the Hoanib Valley. Here, in an area seemingly parched and desolate, we enter one of Namibia’s richest desert wildlife areas. We stay at Hoanib Camp, and enjoy game walks, rhino tracking, game drives and night drives into the Hoanib River valley.

Our camp on the Hoanib River is a relaxed haven from which we explore this wild land on foot, or from the comfort of one of our safari vehicles. The camp is powered by solar-powered inverter systems and there are no generators or pumps running whilst guests are in camp. There are 5 walk-in hexagonal Meru-style tents with en-suite and flush toilet and bucket shower bathrooms in a separate portion of the tent. Each tent is furnished with necessary comforts and styled with burnt orange interiors, wood and brass, effectively recreating a sense of the early explorers of Africa.

Day 8: Air charter to Palmwag Lodge – our walking safari ends

After an early breakfast and wildlife drive, we end our Namibian walking safari and fly back to Palmwag Lodge, in time for a lunch and final farewell to the adventure.

From here, we will be pleased to discuss various options to extend your adventure in Namibia, or to consider combining with Botswana or South Africa.



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