Namibia Damaraland 19 – 27 May 2017
WAVOLT and Zulu Overland join forces again to bring you another great Namibian camping experience…Damaraland.
Damaraland is one of the most scenic areas in Namibia, a huge, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region that offers a more adventurous challenge. Here are prehistoric water courses with open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and deep gorges.
Damaraland is the old apartheid name given to the region south of Kaokoland and north of the main road to Swakopmund. It extends 200km inland from the desolated Skeleton Coast and 600km southwards to Kaokoland. The name is derived from the fact that the Damara people live in this area.
This will be a camping tour but with a difference. We contracted Henk van Niekerk and his Zulu Overland team to make sure that you have a great camping experience. This means we supply the following:
- All the tents and mattresses and yes you get your own tent!
- All the cutlery, camping chairs etc.
- We prepare the food and wash up.
- We erect and takedown the camp.
- We carry your luggage on the support vehicle.
So what do you do……? You ride your bike and enjoy an awesome Namibian tour with us.
Highlights of the tour include:
- Waterberg Plateau – Brick-red sandstone crowned with lush vegetation, just amazing.
- Brandberg – Namibia’s highest mountain and home to the famous ‘White Lady’ Bushman Painting.
- Twyfelfontein – a wonderful rocky outcrop with thousands of Bushman engravings.
- Spitzkoppe – a typical pointed inselberg, and a place of great mystery to the ancient San people.
- Swakopmund – A town that seems to be stuck in time giving you a feeling of timelessness.
- Bosua Pass – One of Namibia’s steepest routes.
- Khomas Hochland – Stunning scenery.
B = Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1 – 19 May (D)
Arrival in Windhoek. How you get there is up to you. Please make sure that you don’t arrive later than 17:00 to give yourself enough time to settle in. Tour briefing and dinner will be around 19:00
Day 2 – 20 May
Windhoek – Waterberg Plateau – 402km (B & D)
We take you on a journey of awesome gravel travel to the amazing Waterberg Plateau. The striking sight of Waterberg Plateau’s brick-red sandstone crowned with lush vegetation will blow your mind. It’s a place you don’t expect, especially if you have been to Sossusvlei and the dry areas. The park has stunning views and is full of green.
Day 3 – 21 May
Waterberg Plateau – Uis 375km (B & D)
We leave Waterberg Plateau and set off to our next destination, Brandberg Rest Camp which will be home to us for the next 3 nights. This leg of the tour also brings you to “Vingerklip” a bizarre rock formation caused by erosion in the Ugab terrace valley. The 35m-high Vingerklip is also know as Kalk-Kegel (limestone pillar).
Day 4 – 22 May
Twyfelfontein/Khorixas – 349km (B & D)
Today the tour will take you on a nice ride to Twyfelfontein and Khorixas. Twyfelfontein area is home to the oldest rock engravings in Namibia (ca. 6000 years old) and other interesting phenomena are the “Burnt Mountain” and the Organ Pipes. The Organ Pipes are a distinctive series of dolerite pillars that have been exposed by erosion and can be viewed in the small gorge on the left hand side of the road leading to the Burnt Mountain.
Day 5 – 23 May
Omaruru Loop – 287km (B & D)
Today’s journey through the seemingly endless scenery of Namibia will take you to the town of Omaruru. Omaruru is a quaint town located of Karibib, it’s the centre of the dairy farms and cattle ranches in the area. Omaruru is a word in local dialect of Herero and translates to “bitter milk”, this referes to the cattle in the area which graze on the local bushes which in turn gives the milk they produce a slightly bitter taste. The town has become well known for its production of chocolate, cheese and wine as well as for its artistic craftsy townspeople. It’s also home to Kristall Kellerei, the only Namibian brandy manufacturer and also one of four wine producers in the country. There will be enough time for you to explore this little town and what it has to offer
Day 6 – 24 May
Spitzkoppe loop met oornag by Spitzkoppe – 223km (B & D)
Today we pack up and leave Brandberg Rest Camp. Our route will lead us to one of Namibia’s most recognisable landmarks, Spitzkoppe. The summit of this imposing granite rock formation (1,728m) was first scaled in 1946, and its shape inspired its nickname, The Matterhorn of Africa. Once we arrive at camp you can explore the Spitzkoppe and take you time to take the best picture of these magnificent peaks.
Day 7 – 25 May
Spitzkoppe tot Swakopmund – 400km (B & D)
Our journey today will take us towards the coast. We leave Spitzkoppe and take a beautiful road towards the coast that will take us past Henties Bay and all the way to Swakopmund, Namibia’s premier holiday resort. This town has the ambiance associated with a small German village, and the town seems to be stuck in time creating a feeling of timelessness. Tonight we will treat you to a stay in a chalet.
Day 8 – 26 May
Swakopmund to Windhoek – 330km (B & D)
We leave the coast and head back to Windhoek via famous Bosua Pass and Khomas Hochland. Bosua Pass is one of Namibia’s steepest routes, reaching a gradient of 1:5 or a 20% slope as it descends onto the Namib plains.
Arriving in Windhoek also means our tour comes to an end and there is no better place to end it than to treat you to dinner at one of Namibia’s most famous restaurants, Joe’s Beerhouse.
Day 9 – 27 May
Sadly we say our goodbyes and head back home
What’s included in the tour price:
- Tour leader
- Support vehicle and trailer
- Sat-phone, medic kit, stretcher and crutches for those unfortunate mishaps
- Spot tracking device
- 3 Crew to prepare food and erect and take down the camp
- Tents and mattresses
- All cutlery and chairs
- Breakfast and dinner unless otherwise indicated
- Puncture repair kits, tubes and compressor
- All camping fees
- Namibian Tour Operator fees and work permits
All of this for only R 11 800 per person
The tour is open for bookings and R3000 deposit or full payment secures your spot. Bookings close on 28 April 2017 or when fully subscribed.
Existing riders don’t have to register all you need to do is check for availability and pay your tour deposit with your surname and rider number as reference. To confirm your booking please mail confirmation of payment to email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: Confirmation of payment is required within 48 hours from your provisional booking. If confirmation of payment is not received within 48 hours your booking will expire.
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