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GUIDED 4X4 SELF-DRIVE INTO BUSHMANLAND (GSDB)

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August 14, 2018

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GUIDED 4X4 SELF-DRIVE INTO BUSHMANLAND (GSDB)

 

 

LIVE THIS!

Experience the thrill of a 4×4 self-drive experience, but the comfort and security of an experienced guide. Explore remote Bushmanland with its Nyae Nyae pans, Khaudom National Park and ancient San culture. Encounter water rich landscapes and immense wildlife diversity in the Mahango National Park and Okavango panhandle, each day ending your experience real and raw under the African stars.

Windhoek to Windhoek
12 Days

LIVE THIS!

Experience the thrill of a 4×4 self-drive experience, but the comfort and security of an experienced guide. Explore remote Bushmanland with its Nyae Nyae pans, Khaudom National Park and ancient San culture. Encounter water rich landscapes and immense wildlife diversity in the Mahango National Park and Okavango panhandle, each day ending your experience real and raw under the African stars.

What to Expect

 

Classification

Explorer

Pax

Min. 2 and max. 4 vehicles

Vehicle recommendation (only 1 guiding vehicle included)

4×4 fully equipped single or double cab vehicles

Languages

Bilingual English / German

Driver / Tour Guide

Services of registered driver guide throughout tour

Included

Meals:

11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners

Conservancy fees

Two-way radios

Portages

All meals as specified in the itinerary

Still Mineral Water

Activities as specified

Accommodation and Campsites as specified

Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable

24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance

Excluded

All International / Domestic Flights & taxes

Visas

Travel & Personal accident insurance

Personal Expenses

Excursions / Activities not specified

Gratuities

Fully equipped 4X4 vehicle with unlimited Mileage and second spare wheel

Fuel & Fuel Deposit

Additional driver fee

Stamp Duty & Contract Fees for rental vehicle

Soft drinks, refreshments, snacks and alcoholic beverages

All items of personal nature

Optional Extras

Excursions / Activities on request

Departure

For departure dates kindly contact our offices

Itinerary

Day 1 / 100 km WINDHOEK

This morning will be spent on an off-road driving course to teach participants basic off-road driving techniques. This includes lectures and practical experience on off-road terrain to make you more confident in your driving skills. Having checked the vehicles for one last time, the rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure at the hotel.
Safari Hotel – Lunch

Day 2 / 10 km OTJIHAVERA MOUNTAINS

Our first day of touring takes us along the eastern side of the Otjihavera Mountains and to our lodge, situated along the ephemeral Swakop River. We spend the afternoon practicing and testing our 4×4 skills in the surrounding mountains, offering hidden gorges, unscaled peaks and spectacular vistas, while we may also come upon a variety of animal species that inhabit the rocky terrain. After having enjoyed a cold drink from the peak of sundowner hill, we travel back to our lodge and spend the evening under a multitude of stars while the guide prepares dinner around the campfire.
Midgard Country Estate Campsite – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 / 300 km OMAHEKE REGION

After breakfast we rejoin a smaller gravel road on the eastern side of the mountain range and continue into the central Sandveld of Namibia via mountainous terrain. This is one of the most fertile farmland areas of Namibia and our campsite is arranged close to the communal farming area of Otjinene and serves as the vantage point into the untouched wilderness of Bushmanland. We have the chance to come into contact with the local Herero community to learn more about their culture and customs.
Communal Campsite – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 / 350 km NYAE – NYAE CONSERVANCY

Today our route continues in the direction of the Botswana border following the dry watercourse of the Omuramba Eiseb. In the vicinity of Gam we enter the communal and untouched area of former Bushmanland, where the San people still live in a largely traditional way. Crossing into the Nyae – Nyae conservancy, we turn onto a far off the beaten track to the Nyae-Nyae pan, an enormous saltpan adorned with Baobab trees in a true wilderness area; here we set up camp for the night.
Djxokhoe Camp or similar – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 / 350 km NYAE – NYAE CONSERVANCY

Without breaking up camp we depart in the early morning to explore the Nyae Nyae pans and its fauna and flora. With a local guide and translator we will visit a true Bushman village and meet the original inhabitants of the Kalahari Desert, an area that will be the base of most of our adventures lying ahead. We learn about the techniques the Bushman have applied for thousands of years in order to survive in the Kalahari and can actively communicate with them by means of our translator. In the late afternoon we return to our camp for dinner.
Djxokhoe Camp or similar – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 / 150 km KHAUDOM NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast we travel to Tsumkwe, the administrative capital of the former Bushmanland, where we refill our vehicles. Continuing northward, we turn off the main road onto an unmarked and hardly known track to the so called “Dorsland Baobab”, an enormous baobab tree already used as a campsite and meeting point by the Dorsland trekkers in the 19th century. We continue northwards to the Khaudom National Park, where we set up camp in the late afternoon. We may see huge herds of elephants as well as other animal species, including lion and hyena.
Sikereti / Waterhole Campsite – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 KHAUDOM NATIONAL PARK

The entire day is spent game viewing inside Khaudom National Park far off the beaten track in extremely thick and loose sand. We camp either at Sikereti or at a waterhole. This is a true wilderness area and elephants or lion may visit us in the evening; for safety reasons we will therefore have to sleep in our tents.
Sikereti / Waterhole Campsite – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 / 330 km OKAVANGO PANHANDLE

Travelling out of the park, we again refuel at Tsumkwe and then travel into Botswana on an unmarked road that will sometimes test our 4×4 driving skills to the fullest. Our camp for the following two nights is reached via another sandy road leading through a riverbed, and is situated along the largest lagoon of the world renowned Okavango Delta. The afternoon can be spent along the mesmerizing lagoon or we have the option of exploring the panhandle of the delta I motorised boats and test our fishing skills.
Nguma Campsite – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 OKAVANGO PANHANDLE

The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland wetland, and consists of a 16000-km² wilderness of meandering channels, oxbow lakes, floodplains and tree-covered islands. We explore the Delta in “mokoro’s”: dug out canoes used by the local population as the only means of transport. This experience gives us an excellent opportunity to explore the beauty of the environment with its diverse and pristine fauna and flora.
Nguma Campsite or similar – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 / 160 km MAHANGO NATIONAL PARK

After an early morning start we cross the border back into Namibia and into the Caprivi strip, where we game drive through the Mahango Game Park. This jewel of a game reserve is home to many unusual game species such as Roan and Sable Antelope, elephant, lechwe, buffalo and also large amounts of bird species not found in many areas of Southern Africa. Sandy roads lead us to a number of waterholes and along the Okavango River wetland, where we also stand the chance to see crocodile and hippo. After we set up camp along the banks of the Okavango River, we have the option of enjoying a sundowner cruise on the river.
Ngepi Campsite or similar – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 / 530 km OTAVI MOUNTAINS

After a hearty breakfast, we travel along the Caprivi strip in a western direction, where souvenirs can be purchased at a variety of local markets that line the street. We travel via the town of Rundu to Grootfontein, stopping at Hoba Meteorite to view the largest known meteorite known to mankind. After a nother short traveling distance on dirt road we reach our lodge, situated along the foot of the majestic Otavi Mountains. Here we enjoy the luxury of a hot shower, entertaining bar area and a prepared meal.
Ghaub Guestfarm – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 / 420 km DEPARTURE

Today we drive back to Windhoek on the main tar roads via Okahandja, where we can visit a large craft market. Our tour ends in Windhoek after we dropped off our vehicles at the car rental company.
Breakfast

TOUR SUMMARY

 

DAY

ACCOMMODATION

MEAL BASIS

ACTIVITIES / ATTRACTIONS

KM

1

Safari Court Hotel

Lunch

Full day introduction to 4×4 driving course

100

2

Midgard Campsite

Full Board

Off-roading in the Otjihavera Mountains

100

3

Communal Campsite

Full Board

Off road travel to Omahake Region

300

4

Djxokhoe Campsite

Full Board

Travel via the Omuramba Eiseb, explore the Nyae Nyae pan area.

350

5

Djxokhoe Campsite

Full Board

Game drive in the Nyae Nyae pans, authentic Bushman experience

 

6

Sikereti Campsite

Full Board

Dorsland Baobab, game drive in the Khaudum National Park

150

7

Waterhole Campsite

Full Board

Game drive in the Khaudom National Park

 

8

Nguma Island Campsite

Full Board

Travel via off-roads to the Okavango Delta, optional boat cruise or fishing excursion

330

9

Nguma Island Campsite

Full Board

Mokoro experience in the Okavango Delta

 

10

Ngepi Campsite

Full Board

Game drive in the Mahango National Park

160

11

Ghaub Guestfarm

Full Board

Visit Hoba Meteorite

530

12

Return

Breakfast

Travel back to Windhoek

420

Alternative accommodation may be used.