Desert Mountains

"YOU HAVE TO GET LOST BEFORE YOU CAN BE FOUND."

desert Expedition Skills, Kalahari, Namibia

16 - 25 September 2022

£2,200

From 4x4 driving skills to traditional survival techniques, we blend the old with the new as we journey through this diverse and fascinating country.  We’ll spend time with the Ju/'Hoansi-San bushmen learning their methods of tracking, hunting and shelter building before heading into the true wilderness of the Naye Naye Pan to practice these skills for ourselves.  As we journey on we’re treated to incredible game drives through the Etosha National Park, with its abundant wildlife and iconic salt flats creating the perfect balance of excitement and relaxation.

Desert View
10
days
explore truly wild Africa learning old and new survival techniques

Difficulty:  An excellent expedition for adventurous souls with any level of experience.  Such a wild landscape poses unique survival challenges, and you’ll need to focus your creativity and ingenuity if you are to survive the earths oldest desert. 

What's Included

Campfire Meal

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners including some of the best Namibian cuisine and a celebratory meal at the end.

Zebra Couple

Fully equip 4x4 vehicles with roof tents, cooking equipment and fridge.  Two nights game drive in Etosha National Park and accomodation at the wonderful Roof of Africa Hotel when in Windhoek.

Safari Jeeps

Experienced wilderness guides, UK registered doctor, 4x4 driving theory and practical, and all park fees included as well.

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And of course there's all the fantastic learning you'd expect from a world class course, with fire-making, shelter building, water collection and game tracking.

Example Itinerary

* will be tailored based on the skills and experience of the cohort.  International flights not included.

Day 1 – Welcome to Namibia!  The adventure starts in the old colonial city of Windhoek where we assemble at The Roof of Africa Hotel for introductions and a brief on what’s to come.  That evening we’re treated to some delicious authentic food surrounded by the kind people of this fantastic country.

Day 2 – Into our expedition vehicles we journey Northwards towards Grashoek.  If it’s your first experience of this gorgeous country you’ll be surprised by the abundance of wildlife and stunning scenery.  Sadly we can’t stop for every zebra or baboon just yet as the convoy covers ground, communicating via long-range radio and heading into the wilderness.  The evening rest stop will be our last chance for a beer or a refreshing glass of Vigo before meeting the bushmen.

Wildlife

Day 3 – We set up camp in the bushveld just outside the little village of Grashoek.  After a communal breakfast we locate the local bushmen who will be our companions for the next few days.  They show us how to make bows and arrows, track animals, dig up plant roots for food and water, and we practice making traditional grass shelters.  Each evening we’ll serve up some delicious authentic food around the fire and enjoy some of the best stargazing anywhere in the world.

Day 4 – Survival Skills – water, food, fire and shelter.

Day 5 – Survival Skills - water, food, fire and shelter.

Day 6 – Into the Nye Nye Pans, a vast conservancy of wild country with herds of kudu, hyenas and lions.  We get fully off-road for some 4x4 driving experience and to practice our new skills under the watchful eye of the bushmen of course.  Out here, miles from civilisation we experience the pure atmosphere of the Kalahari Desert.

Day 7 – After days spent living the traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle it’s time for a new adventure as we journey West to Namutoni Camp in Etosha National Park.  This huge game reserve is widely considered one of the best in the world for protecting threatened and endangered species.  You will see nature at its best with plentiful antelope, zebra, ostrich and elephants, and possibly a rhino or two.  Our camp is both comfortable and clean, built on the site of an old German Fort it has a unique atmosphere within all the facilities we’ll need to cure our weary bodies.

Day 8 – We embark on a game drive the full length of the Etosha Pan, ending at  

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Okaukuejo Camp in the West.  Famous for its floodlit waterhole and characteristic stone tower, it also has a swimming pool which always proves popular at the end of a hot day.

Day 9 – We head South back to Windhoek for a celebratory meal and an opportunity to reminisce about an experience none of us will ever forget.

Day 10 – Join us for a city tour or explore this historic city yourselves.  If you’re heading to the airport all transfers will be provided.