JOIN Encompass Africa for their inaugural 4×4 Tag Along Tour in Namibia. 11 nights in Namibia travelling in your own fully kitted 4×4 vehicle. Traverse through Central and Northern Namibia in search of its quintessential and breathtaking landscapes, desert rhino, desert elephant, lion, plains game and local Himba tribes.
4×4 Tag Along Namibia Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) airport, where you will receive your fully equipped rental vehicle. Once you have sorted out all the formalities for your vehicle, drive to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. After check-in at the accommodation establishment, you can explore the city of Windhoek. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. Several buildings from the German colonial era have been preserved and restored to fulfil useful functions in the community today.
Overnight stay at Galton House – Bed & breakfast
Day 2: Depart from Windhoek early and make you way to Grootberg Lodge. Here you will be met by the NTT team, who will be with you for the duration of your upcoming trip.
Overnight stay at Grootberg Lodge or similar – Dinner, bed & breakfast
Day 3:This safari starts from Grootberg Lodge and the first part of the trail leads into the 4500 square kilometre private Concession Area of Palmwag Lodge. Breathtaking landscapes in mountainous area teeming with game welcome the guest – springbok, Oryx, kudu, ostrich, jackal, zebra, giraffe, hyena, occasionally lion, leopard and cheetah provide excellent photographic opportunity for wildlife photography in this vast open infrastructure less wilderness area. With a bit of luck encounter the endangered Black Rhino (bicornis bicornis) and the famous desert elephant, which have adapted to these remote and isolated desert areas.
Depending on game activities, camp will be erected in the wild in the Hunkab spring area. Enjoy a refreshing drink while the guide prepares the meal on an open fire and absorb the day’s experiences.
Day 4: After breakfast enjoy a short hike for a brief inspection of the night’s game activities around camp. The journey continues into the upper Mudorib River with a good chance of encountering black rhino or desert elephant in this dry and harsh desert environment. Arrive in the Hoanib River, a dry river bed densely overgrown with nutritious acacia trees providing the necessary fodder for the desert adapted elephant. Optimal chances to encounter one of the breeding herds of these giant creatures during the following game viewing drives through the valleys and side arms of this unique natural paradise. Camp will be set up in one of the side tributaries of the Hoanib river.
Day 5: Early departure through the narrow gorge of Ampspoort into a northerly direction following the course of the Tsuxub river all along the eastern sceleton coast boundary into the Hoarusib river. Good opportunity to encounter plains game and desert elephant as well as the elusive Kunene lions. Set up camp in the Purros community camp site with sharing ablutions. PM visit to a himba village in the area with sundowner excursion in the scenic and beautiful Hoarusib river.
Day 6 : Todays routing will lead the group all along dry riverbed of the Hoarusib river and continues in a northerly direction into the Khumib river up to the ovahimba settlement of Orupembe. Here the clients have the opportunity to visit various himba villages en route.The journey continues across the Hartmanns pass into the into the spectacular valley of Marienfluss. Our destination today is the community camp site on the Kunene river at Otjinungwa. Wild camping on the banks of the Kunene river – all this in a tranquil and calm atmosphere under lovely shady acacias and ana trees (Faidherbia albida).
Day 7:Today guests are indulged with a full day sightseeing tour into the beauty of the neighbouring Hartmanns valley. Enjoy breathtaking views of this unspoilt and isolated part of the north west. A short hike in the gorges and valleys of the Hartmann Valley followed by a visit to a nearby Ovahimba family in the vicinity is planned for the rest of the day before returning back to the Marienfluss camp site. The Hartmann Valley is unique and offers the guests the opportunity to enjoy perfect solitude with pure nature at its best far off the normal tourist track. Camping at the community camp site of Otjinungwa.
Day 8: Early morning departure in a southerly direction, heading back into the central kaoko region. Enjoy the beauty of the upper Marienfluss valley at Rooidrum with excellent opportunity to encounter plains game like zebra, springbuck, oryx, ostrich, giraffe . Enjoy the beauty this spectacular region before the journey continues through the Hartmanns pass. Camp will set up at a community site in the Onjuwa Plains surrounds. Enjoy a warm welcoming shower after another exciting day in kaokoland before settling down for a relaxing drink and tasty dinner prepared by your guide and team on open fire.
Day 9: Continue on the last stretch to the last camp site of your journey. Heading east towards Opuwo, enjoy the breathtaking surrounds of Sanitatas with yet more opportunity to encounter plains game en-route. Visit a couple of himba villages en route. The banks of the Hoarusib river covered with age old anna and lead wood trees as well as dense makalani palm woods offers the perfect location to set up the camp in the Kaoko-Otavi region. Relax at the open fire and indulge in a refreshing drink while your guide prepares the final nights dinner on open fire.
Day 10:The final stretch of this safari leads the group past Kaoko Otavi with a visit to the monument of the Dorsland trekker ruins before connecting to the main road to Opuwo. From here the drive continues to Grootberg Lodge. An adventurous and exciting safari with lots of highlights has come to an end.
Overnight stay at Grootberg Lodge – Dinner, bed & breakfast
Day 11: Bid your guide farewell and continue to Windhoek, where you will spend your last night in Namibia at Galton House.
Overnight stay at Galton House – Dinner, bed & breakfast
Day 12: In time for check-in on your outbound flight, drive to Hosea Kutako Airport where you return your rental vehicle at the car depot. Check in on your flight and bid farewell to Namibia.
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Set departure dates and rates for 2015
9 May and 12 June 2015 at A$3,199 per person sharing.
22 August and 26 September 2015 at A$3,499 per person sharing.
fully kitted Group W vehicle, 2 nights Galton House or similar BB, 2 nights Grootberg Lodge or similar HB, knowledgeable guide in own vehicle with camp assistant, full board whilst on tag along safari, refreshment drinks enroute, house wine and beer at dinner whilst camping, VAT and Bed Levy, 7 nights camping.
International airfares, meals and drinks not specified, additional activities, any one way vehicle rental charge or additional extras, items of personal nature, insurance, tipping etc.
- It is compulsory for all guests to have comprehensive cancellation, default, baggage, emergency evacuation and medical insurance for the duration of the trip due to the remote locations of the Tag Along Safari.
- Rates are subject to change should the Australian dollar lose value against the Namibian Rand
- Rental vehicle costs are subject to change if you want additional driver, GPS etc
- Encompass Africa reserves the right to change the itinerary to ensure the best possible experience for guests
- Campsites are always in great locations and with shared facilities. Your vehicle includes the tent
If you want to see the big hitting safari animals, we recommend adding on a few nights in the famous and outstandingly rewarding Etosha National Park. So you would head to Etosha on Day 11. Enjoy time on safari in Etosha and then head back to Windhoek. That light night that is included may not be necessary depending on your outbound flights.
Costings are fantastic because it’s simply car hire extended and camping fees.
|VALIDITY||CAR HIRE||CAMPING FEE|
|Mar – Jun 2015||$185 per day||$25 per person per day|
|Jul – Nov 2015||$235 per day||$25 per person per day|
*Please note to be paid locally is a per vehicle per day (Approx $2 and per person per day fee approx $8). This is paid as you arrive at the National Park gates and only payable direct.