Voyage Namibie
Exploration in Namibia!

A great journey along the Namib desert tracks & the Skeleton Coast in 4x4 to reach the Epupa Falls, with Philippe Frey.


With Philippe Frey, a specialist in deserts all over the world, prepare to take part in a unique adventure through the wild secluded parts of the Namib Desert far from the usual tourist paths. You cross the vast Namib Desert, with its amazing plant, animal and human diversity. Your adventure in this desert will take you across the biggest dunes in the world to the Kukene river and the Angolan border.During this expedition, the desert gradually gives way to the beautiful lunar and arid landscapes of Kaokoland, one of the least populated lands in Namibia, but it is in these last virgin areas that you will enjoy the most beautiful human and animal encounters. This adventure will take you to the isolated valleys of Hartmann and Marienfluss, where meeting a young Himba herdsman with his cattle will be as amazing for you as it is for him.The fauna, isolated in these remote places is no less impressive, and a meeting with around thirty "wild" zebras, desert elephants, lions etc. is not impossible. To end this journey, you will visit one of the largest game reserves in Africa, Etosha Park. So don't wait - dive into this isolated and little known world that has to be earned and won!

2 bonnes raisons de faire ce voyage

  1. The 4-days long expedition in a 4x4 vehicule inside of the wild and unknown part of the Namib
  2. The Kaokoland, the Epupa Falls and the authentic meeting with the Himbas, far away from the touristy villages

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Image Exploration in Namibia!

Le programme de la rando

  • Jour 1 Windhoek- Sesriem (canyon)

    On arrival in Windhoek, the country’s capital, we take the road, and then the track to Sesriem.We go down into the Sesriem canyon for a quick exploration. Sesriem canyon was a vital place for the Nama, Hereros and Damara peoples. This 50 m deep gorge was carved out by the Tsauchab River. Sesriem means 6 thongs, which was what was required to raise the buckets of water from the gorge. The presence of a permanent spring has over the centuries made it highly desirable for these peoples. Today inhabited mainly by birds, the spring and the canyon is open to exploration.Night at the Sesriem camp-siteTransfer: approx. 330 km, an approximately 4½ hour drive

    Hébergement : en camping aménagé

  • Jour 2 Naukluft Park - Sossusvlei Dunes - Deadvlei

    Early in the morning, visit to the Sossusvlei site and Tsauchab valley which allows us to discover central Namib and its giant dunes. Sossusvlei is above all the terminus of a river which, a few thousand years ago, drained into the Atlantic.The rain has now gone and the river no longer has enough strength to reach the ocean. Pushed by the wind the dunes have gradually covered the valley. In some wetter years, the river reaches to the foot of the dunes and forms a lake at Sossusvlei.The play of light and shade on the dunes make visiting this site a dazzling experience. In Sossusvlei you will find not only the highest dunes in the world (more than 300 meters) but also the oldest desert on the planet.The park is also the kingdom of the oryx, a beautiful antelope that has adapted to the extreme conditions found in the desert. The more athletic among us can climb to the top of Big Daddy and admire the view of the sea of dunes that goes on to infinity (don’t forget to bring water with you and good sun protection). Transfer by 4x4 vehicle for the last 5 km in the sand to take us to Sossusvlei.Discovery of Deadvlei, a dry lake where the whiteness of the sand contrasts starkly with the red dunes. A magical spectacle where only a scattering of millennia old dead trees stand out in the landscape. We are rewarded for our efforts when we discover the panorama from the top of a dune. Picnic lunch. Barbecue dinner prepared by your guide.Night at the Sesriem camp-site

    Hébergement : en camping aménagé

  • Jour 3 Sesriem - Namib Desert – Moon Valley - Spitzkoppe

    After breakfast, we take the tracks that cross the Namib desert to Homeb. From Homeb, we drive along the Kuiseb river, now dry and take the time to meet Topnaar villagers. Topnaars are related to the Bushmen and are descendants of the only inhabitants of the Namib.On the way, we stop to see the Welwitchia mirabilis. This plant is a so-called panchronic species, meaning it has evolved very little since prehistoric times and so is considered a "fossil" plant. The species is endemic to Namibia and Angola, with some plants between 1000 and 2000 years old.We take the road east to visit Moon Valley, a still stony part of the desert, giving the impression of being another world! Its hills and valleys have been sculpted over the centuries by the Swakop river, producing a lunar-type landscape.We arrive at Spitzkoppe camp at the end of the day, where we spend the night.Transfer: 466 km, about a 6-hour drive

    Hébergement : en camping aménagé

  • Jour 4 Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund- Walvis Bay

    After breakfast, accompanied by a Damara (Bushman ethnic group) guide, we go to Bushman Paradise cave and admire the rock paintings dating back thousands of years. Our guide explains the different paintings and the daily life of his ancestors to us.The cave housing these paintings from another time was discovered in the early 20th century. At the time of its discovery, it was classified as one of the most beautiful rock painting collections in Namibia. In 1917, the first archaeological excavation of the cave was conducted by the geologist E. Reuning.In 1948, the archaeologist Abbé H. Breuil noted that "the back wall of the shelter is covered from end to end with paintings, some of which are in excellent condition". Unfortunately, most have now been severely damaged by vandalism and visitors. A few years later, another archaeologist described the following figures inside the cave: a giraffe, two hippopotamuses, a hartebeest, a jackal, a kudu, several human forms, a rhinoceros, a sphinx with a thin body and a thick rear end. The cave and its rock paintings have been listed as a national monument since 1 July 1954.We take the road to the Atlantic coast and the seaside resort of Swakopmund, where we will spend the late afternoon and the night. Along the way, we stop and visit fur seal colonies at Pelican Point (at the end of the Walvis Bay peninsula). Dinner and overnight stay in a bungalow.On request it is possible to arrange free time for free excursions in Swakopmund (details on the information sheet).Under its quiet village air Swakopmund is actually the main tourist town in the country after Windhoek. It was only founded in 1892 by German settlers. Originally, the region was the land of nomadic peoples, in particular the Hereros. They came here to take advantage of the benefits of the Swakop river.Swakopmund literally means "mouth of the Swakop" in German. It was also what attracted them, and they decided to make it the main port for the colony of South West Africa in competition with the British, who owned the port in Walvis Bay, l30 kilometres to the south. As a result of their project, Swakopmund developed to become one of the whitest cities in southern Africa today. It is also the one where the more German and Afrikaans is spoken than anywhere else in the entire country.The town is the gateway to the surprising Skeleton Coast to the north and the majestic Namib to the south.Transfer 155 km, about 1 hour 40 minutes

    HĂ©bergement : Ă  l'hĂ´tel

  • Jour 5 Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein - Palmwag

    Today, we drive north on sandy tracks. Our route leads us to Twyfelfontein - the name literally means "hesitant fountain". Twyfelfontein has one of the largest concentrations of rock art in Africa. UNESCO listed Twyfelfontein as the first World Heritage site in Namibia.The site has been inhabited for about 6000 years. The first inhabitants were hunter-gatherers and were followed by livestock farmers, the Khoikhoi (or San). These two ethnic groups used the site as a place of worship where they conducted shamanic rites. Just under 2,500 rock engravings were carved as part of these rituals.We continue to drive north and spend the night at the Palmwag camp.Transfer: 445 km, about a 6-hour drive

    Hébergement : en camping aménagé

  • Jour 6 Back through the Namib Desert (parallel to the Skeleton Coast)

    Today, we leave the more classic sites for an in-depth exploration of the Namib Desert along the famous Skeleton Coast.We go back northwards in 4x4 vehicles and begin the descent of the Hoanib river. It is one of 12 ephemeral rivers in Namibia. Most of the time it is dry but occasionally, during heavy rains, the river bed fills.When dry, the river becomes the domain of desert elephants, giraffes, oryx and sometimes even lions. The dry river comes up against the Skeleton Coast dunes. Its monumental dunes are very Saharan - although the sea is only 26 km away!We continue our journey to the Himba lands in Purros. We spend the night at Purros camp (or equivalent), where we could be visited by Namib Desert elephants during the night.Transfer: approx. 295 km, approx. 8 to 9 hours on tracksNight in a camp site.

    Hébergement : en camping aménagé

  • Jour 7 Namib Desert from the Skeleton Coast to Hartmann Valley

    We continue our journey closely skirting the Skeleton Coast dunes. Our route may be punctuated by encounters with zebras, oryx or the wild ostriches that flock there.We end up with the Cunene river ahead of us, 20 meters from Angola. It is the end of Hartmann Valley and is drowned by red sand. Very few people have the privileged of going there because you have to know how to get to it and have the appropriate logistics support.Transfer: approx. 285 km, approx. 8 to 9 hours on tracks

    HĂ©bergement : en bivouac

  • Jour 8 Hartmann Valley - Marienfluss Valley

    After a night in the dry and arid climate of Hartmann Valley, we take our 4x4 and on unlisted tracks (or off-piste) we head to the second valley which gives on to the Cunene and Angola: the Marienfluss Valley, alongside Hartmann Valley, is surrounded by the Kaokoland desert and rocks.Like locusts, dozens of springboks bounce out of this closed valley that leads to Angola. Some Himba, with ochre-coloured hair and skin, venture that far into the desert. It is difficult to leave the Marienfluss Valley desert. The track crosses Kaokoland and we meet lots of Himba herdsmen.We arrive in mid-afternoon, with a possible roughly two-hour walk in the surrounding areaNight in tents in the valley.Transfer: approx. 150 km, approx. 5 hours on tracks

    Hébergement : en camping aménagé

  • Jour 9 Marienfluss Valley - Opuwo (Kaokoland)

    We leave the Marienfluss Valley heading towards Opuwo. It takes a long day to get out of the Marienfluss Valley, then cross almost all Kaokoland via Orupembe, Otjiu, Kaokootavi to Opuwo.We return to civilization where we spend the night in a camp site just outside Opuwo, the main town in Himba lands and the capital of Kaokoland.Transfer: approx. 380 km, approx. 9 hours on tracks and roads

    Hébergement : en camping aménagé

  • Jour 10 Opuwo - Epupa Falls (Kaokoland)

    Morning drive on tracks to Epupa Falls. The name means "smashing and foaming waters".The Epupa Falls are on the Cunene river, on the border between Namibia and Angola. They are among the most beautiful falls in Africa. There are a total of 22 waterfalls - the largest has a 37 metre drop. We begin our excursion in this breathtaking scenery between Epupa Falls and the rugged and semi desert landscape of Kaokoland.Transfer: 279 km, about 2 hours 40 minutes.

    Hébergement : en camping aménagé

  • Jour 11 Crossing Ovamboland to Etosha National Park

    Today, we take the road through Ovamboland, the land of the Ovambo people. This area is quite flat and sandy, making it suitable for agriculture. However, there is very little rain. Ovamboland is one of the most heavily populated areas in Namibia.We arrive north of Etosha National Park in the late afternoon, and may have the opportunity to see some animals on the track that take us to the camp.The park is one of the largest wildlife reserves in Africa, with nearly 114 mammal species and 340 bird species.We spend the night in the park.Transfer: 650 km, about an 8-hour drive

    Hébergement : en camping aménagé

  • Jour 12 Safari in the Etosha National Park

    A full day safari in the Etosha National Park to admire the African fauna. There will be time to go from watering hole to watering hole to surprise the animals that come to drink there. We could spot elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions, as well as oryx, springboks and many other species...Etosha National Park covers an area of 22,935 km² and is one of the largest wildlife reserves in Africa, however only 1/3 of the park is accessible to visitors. The animals are more visible during the dry season, as during the wet season they go back to the green areas that are not accessible to visitors.Night in the camp site.

    Hébergement : en camping aménagé

  • Jour 13 Etosha National Park - Windhoek

    During the day, we take the road to Windhoek, where we will spend the night. Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is unlike any other African capital. It still has traces of the colonial era and German style half-timbered houses and pedestrian streets.Night under canvas in a camp site in WindhoekTransfer: 457 km, approximately a 4 hour 40 minute drive

    HĂ©bergement : en camp de toile

  • Jour 14 Windhoek

    Day subject to flight times. Transfer to the airport.

    HĂ©bergement : Ă  bord

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