Day 1: Swakopmund
Our Serviced Camping Adventure Tour begins in Swakopmund, a quaint coastal town, which still exhibits many signs of its German colonial past. This evening we meet our guide in the lounge of the Strand Hotel (meeting time is 18.00). Our meeting will give us the chance to meet our fellow travellers, and our guide will brief us fully on the safari.
Day 2 - 3: Northern Damaraland
The Serviced Camping Adventure journey continues up the coast to Cape Cross, for a visit to the well-known Cape Fur Seal colony, numbering some 80 000 to 100 000 individuals. Heading inland, we travel into Northern Damaraland, via the Skeleton Coast. Northern Damaraland still has a significant population of Lion, Elephant, Leopard, large antelope, Giraffe, Hartmann's Mountain Zebra, and, the last free ranging black rhino population in the world, which we track on extensive game and nature drives. En route we will stop at a hidden waterfall with its crystal clear natural pool, allowing us time for a cooling swim.
Days 4 - 5: Southern Kaokoland
Kaokoland is one of Africa's last wilderness areas. It stretches from the coastal desert plain and rises slowly into a wild and rugged landscape. It is here that slow-growing trees cling to rocky outcrops, and the elusive desert-adapted Elephant has made its home. A number of other mammal species may also be encountered, such as the giraffe, oryx, and springbok. We camp wild on the banks of the seasonal Hoanib River, west of Sesfontein.
Day 6: Central Kaokoland
After breakfast our Serviced Camping Adventure Safari continues up the course of the Hoanib River, before turning to the north, via Otjomatemba, and Okatumba. This is our first opportunity to experience the way of life of the nomadic Himba people of the area, who still lead a traditional pastoral way of life.
Day 7: Epupa Falls
Travelling northwards on the Serviced Camping Adventure Tour, we make our way to Opuwo, the capital of the Kaokoveld. En route we pass through Kaoko-Otavi where the ruins of a church built by the 'Dorsland Trekkers' can be seen. After our brief encounter with civilisation we head north again to the Kunene River. Tonight we overnight at a rustic community run campsite on the banks of the Kunene River under tall Makalani palm trees a few metres from the Falls. This area is a stunning contrast to the otherwise stark surroundings. The Kunene River flows strongly all year round, and has its source in the Angolan Highlands.