Etosha, Kunene River and Kaokoland
24th March - 6th April 2018
It is hot and surely there cannot be any life out here in the dry rocky hills and parched grass of Demaraland. Ahead the track passes through a low hill leading into the dry Ughab river, a river full of acacias and there right in front of us is a herd of the famous Desert Elephants, resting in cool shade. We stop and marvel in awe for longer than we should before heading on feeling honoured by their presence.
All of the Impala safaris start at the Auas game farm near Windhoek before heading out into the wilds of Namibia.
The diversity of landscapes is awe-inspiring from sand rivers, Mountain passes (one called divorce pass!!) and tracks through Mopani bush to the unexpected lushness of the banks of the Kuene River at Epupa falls.
The climate is dry, typical of a semi-desert country where droughts are a regular occurrence. Days are warm to hot whilst at night at around two am it can become quite cool. Fog can be expected along the coast as the warm air from the desert meets the cold Benguela current.
One of the highlights of the trip is taking a couple of bush walk's. You will walk with Neil Hopkinson along sand rivers searching for the tracks (spoor) left by passing wildlife. Neil will tell you which animal has left their spoor and what it was doing, if you are very lucky you may see Gemsbok, Kudu, Eland or even a Leopard.
Namibia is one of the last refuges of the San and you will be stunned into a respectful silence as their rock paintings come to life out of the rocks before your very eyes.
Day 1: Europe to Auas Game Farm near Windhoek: Your cars will be waiting for you at the airport and you will be met by Impala Staff.
Day 2: Auas Game Farm Rest Day: Game walks and drives or sit beside the pool with a gin and tonic: Sundowner Game drive, enjoy a beer from a high hill looking out over the Bush.
Day 3: Erongo: Hohenstein Lodge: Game Drive and Bird Watching: Sundowner overlooking Spitzkoppe;
Day 4: Cape Cross Lodge via Spitzkoppe and Hentis Bay where you can stock up before the joourney into Damaraland: Seal Colony near Cape Cross Lodge and The Sea.
Day 5: Uis via The Mesum Crater and Wewlwitchita Plants before The Brandberg White Lady Lodge
Day 6: Bushman Painting visit then Divorce Pass to Twyfelfontein and The Mowani Mountain camp
Day 7: Twyfelfontein Rock Carvings then Etosha: The Okaukuejo Rest Camp
Day 8: Etosha : Halali Rest Camp after a days Game Drive in Etosha
Day 9: Etosha : Namutoni Rest Camp after a days Game Drive in Etosha
Day 10: Tsumeb and the !Uris Safari Lodge: Visit to Tsumb Cultral Village
Day 11: Tsumkwe, Bushman Villages, Nyae Nyae Conservancy: The Tsumkwe Country Lodge
Day 12: Gobabis: Harnas Wildlife Foundation Lodge: Bushman engravings at Kalahari Bushbreaks Lodge.
Day 13: Gobabis: West Nest Lodge: relax before your flight home
Day 14: Windhoek Airport and flights home.
Getting to Namibia
You will need to get a flight from Europe to Windhoek International Airport where you will meet Impala Staff who will have your hire car or your shipped car waiting there for you.
Impala will hire you a 4x4 car( Landrover, Discovery, Jeep, Nissan or Toyota 4x4's are avaliable) or we can arrange for your own 4x4 to be shipped from England to Walvis Bay in Namibia. You can talk to us to find which option suits yor budget.
If you do take your own car then it may be away for three weeks each side of the adventure.
A Carnet de Passage is needed for Namibia and we will assist you in arranging this document
Conditions to Expect in Namibia
temperatures up to 40 degrees centigrade during the hottest part of the day
nights can be down to 2 degres centigrade
sea fogs are very common up to 50km inland along the coast
sand tracks in the mopani bush and savanna. red sand near the kalahari and in the marinfluss
rock tracks in the hills and mountains
river crossings during the raininy season
campsites range from basic to very high luxury
hotels and lodges are all excellent