Due to the rugged terrain we have to leave our vehicle at a pre-designated spot and switch to the campšs own vehicles. The allure of Etendeka is its relaxed atmosphere, personal attention, wide-open spaces and pristine wilderness. Accommodation is in shaded safari tents with en-suite facilities. Activities include guided nature walks, drives by open Land Rover and star gazing. From the escarpment we enjoy the most spectacular scenery at sunset.
Day 7: Southern Damaraland
Today on the Accommodated Safari Tour we enter the southern reaches of Damaraland between the Huab and Ugab rivers, where our overnight is in luxury tents at Mowani Mountain Camp. Taken from the Swahili word M'wane 'Place of God', Mowani discreetly nestles high up amongst massive red granite boulders. This lovely camp provides unsurpassed views over the vast unspoilt wilderness with magnificent scenery, a unique variety of desert flora and fauna, fascinating geological formations and archaeological sites.
After lunch we visit Twyfelfontein famous for its wealth of rock engravings and paintings, the Organ Pipes, a geological curiosity of perpendicular dolomite pillars roughly 100 metres long and up to 5 metres in height and the Burnt Mountain (Verbrandeberg). We return to Mowani for sundowners and an excellent three course dinner after which we can enjoy the stillness of the night under a blanket of stars in front of an open fire.
Day 8: Swakopmund
We travel on the Accommodated Safari Tour in a southerly direction via the mining town of Uis, to Cape Cross, where the Portuguese seafarer Diego Cao became the first European to set foot on Namibian soil in 1486. Cape Cross is also home to more than 80 000 Cape Fur Seals. Our overnight is at the Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre.
Days 9 & 10: Namib Desert
We continue the Accommodated Safari Tour via the Kuiseb to Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge situated in the heart of the Namib Desert on the NamibRand Nature Reserve. This pristine reserve, one of the largest in Africa, is a massive 180,000 hectares. The special attraction of the NamibRand is the captivating beauty and diversity of its landscape, which changes from expansive gravel plains to undulating dune seas, rugged canyons with towering walls of volcanic rock and distant mountain ranges.