6 Day Dunes and Eastern Kalahari Bushmen Camping Tour

Set foot in the world's oldest desert followed by a traditional San Bushmen Experience.

Tour overview

This 6 day Tour is a combination between our 3 day Sossusvlei Tour and our 3 Day Easthern Kalahari Bushmen and Batswana Tribes Tour. Start of with 3 Days in the Namib Desert to give you a quick snapshot of Namibia’s iconic landscapes. You’ll visit the world’s highest sand dunes, and step foot in the world’s oldest desert at Sesriem & Sossusvlei.  Return to Windhoek for the overnight after which you experience three days of authentic tribe life, as you’re hosted by the San Bushmen and the Batswana people and learn how they go about daily life. Accommodation is basic (but authentic!), with no option to upgrade.

Tour Information

Departure This tour departs on every Tuesday from Windhoek.
Return Return to Windhoek on Sunday late afternoon.
Passengers No minimum & a maximum of 4 travelers per tour.
Style Camping safari with limited participation.
Vehicle 1-4 guests: Toyota Quantum /Landcruiser with a purpose built trailer
Places Deadvlei, Dune 45, Kalahari area, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon

Daily Tour Overview

Day Destinations Accommodation Meals
1 Windhoek to Sesriem Campsite Camping L, D
2 Sesriem Campsite Camping B, L, D
3 Sesriem Campsite to Windhoek Accommodation B, L
4 Windhoek to Gobabis Accommodation B, L, D
5 Eastern Kalahari Camping B, L, D
6 Return to Windhoek camping B, L
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, SC = Self-Categring, RO = Room Only

Daily tour description

Day 1

Windhoek – Sesriem area (350 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected at your Windhoek accommodation between 08:00 & 08:30

We travel out over the ErosMountains and along scenic roads on our way south-west to the desert.  We also pass over part of the Naukluft Mountains, which are of particular interest for the ancient geological history of this part of the country. Heading down from Namibia’s central plateau by way of the beautiful Remhoogte Pass, we reach open plains and the tiny settlement of Solitaire.

We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain gives way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.  We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.

Day 2

Sesriem area– Sossusvlei – Sesriem area (camping) (BLD)

A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, we head into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei on foot, trekking the last 5 km through the dunes.  Landscape photo opportunities abound in the cool of the morning, with dawn’s soft light first illuminating the dunes from crest down the back slope, then blazing orange everywhere, creating a powerful contrasting vista across the whole desert.  Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or ostrich makes it essential to remember your camera!

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45. As the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch, escaping the heat of the afternoon.  As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

Day 3

Sesriem area – Windhoek (450 km) (BL)

After breakfast we begin our journey back to Windhoek following a different route, ascending the massive Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range on our way back to civilization.

We are due back in Windhoek late afternoon / early evening  and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

 

Day 4:

Okambara En-route to Gobabis (Accommodation)

We will collect your from your Windhoek accommodation at 06.30am.   We then drive to a private reserve some 130km from the city to arrive at Okambara Lodge before 9.00 am. After a welcome coffee we leave on a game drive where you have the opportunity of seeing elephant, square-lipped rhino, giraffe and a variety of antelope whilst enjoying the breath-taking scenery and landscape of the region.  We return for lunch at the lodge.

After our activity at Okambara we continue to Gobabis for overnight at Uakii Eco-Guesthouse, a guesthouse own & run by a local entrepreneur.

Lunch & Dinner included.  Please arrange early breakfast at your pre-tour accommodation.

Day 5:

Kalahari San-Bushmen Village (Camping)

After an early breakfast we continue the journey to our San-Bushmen Village situated in the eastern Kalahari. On arrival we meet our host family before going to our bush-camp.  Weather dependent we depart on an afternoon bush walk with a small clan of Bushmen who will teach, and show us, their hunting skills such as tracking, stalking, fire making and finding underground water roots.  The women and men will also teach us about how they gather bush food and other edible plants, where to look for them and how they are used.

At the end of a busy afternoon we watch the sun setting over the Kalahari whilst dinner is prepared over an open camp fire. After our evening meal we spend the evening stargazing and sharing stories with our hosts, the Bushmen, who will also add to the experience with their dancing and singing.

Meals: Breakfast, light Lunch & Dinner

Day 6:

Batswana Village visit en-route to Windhoek

After breakfast we start our journey back to Windhoek. The drive takes us via the Historical Batswana Mission village, passing remote communal villages while observing the changing environment of the Kalahari and the harsh conditions these people live in.

A short stopover will be made in Epukiro Batswana village where our local woman host / guide will accompany us through the village/mission to witness the real life of the Batswana communities in their rural settings (this will be done on foot).  The village also has shops, schools and a clinic.  Whilst here we have the opportunity to experience an exceptional Batswana traditional dance, combining music and their natural dancing rhythm – guests may join in!

After this wonderful experience we continue our journey back to Windhoek where guests will be dropped off at their accommodation.

 

Tour dates

This tour departs on every Tuesday from Windhoek.

Price

Price per person starting from $11800

01 November 2016 – 31 October 2017

2018 Season

$12980 per person

01 November 2017 – 31 October 2018

No Minimum and no Single Supplement.

Upgrades

An upgrade is not available on this departure.