Description/Waypoint Name Waypoint


Charlotten                            S24 11.784 E14 37.303
ConceptionBay                      S23 55.006 E14 30.008
E Bohlen                               S23 59.757 E14 27.464
Fishersbrunn                         S24 38.841 E14 43.336
Gorogos                               S23 16.413 E14 29.349
Holsazia                                S24 09.257 E14 37.023
Homeb                                  S23 38.297 E15 10.946
LangeWand                           S23 34.365 E14 29.513
Start of Trail                          S23 37.096 E15 50.170
Rooibank                               S23 10.812 E14 38.916
Saagberg                               S23 43.904 E15 50.978
Sandvis Kamp                        S23 21.661 E14 30.885
SandwichHarbour                   S23 23.345 E14 29.307
Shawnee                               S23 40.378 E14 30.173
Solitaire                                 S23 53.646 E16 00.398
Swartbankberg                       S23 18.258 E14 49.352
WalvisBay                              S22 57.222 E14 30.200

For booking details please contact Marina at Cederberg 4x4

 

Tel: 021 913 4632

E-Mail: info@cederberg4x4.co.za

 

Introduction

 

Discover this Namib’s unique treasures…

 

A world of infinite horizons, dramatic vistas and fascinating flora and fauna…

Do you believe that travel should be about more than “just looking” – and that every journey should be a life-enriching experience?  Do you yearn to go off-the-beaten-track and experience unspoilt nature? If you answered YES, then you MUST experience the Namib.

 

DAY 1:  ARRIVE SOLITAIRE

 

We assemble at Solitaire late afternoon. This is the time to get last minute supplies and fill fuel tanks to the brim. Remember you need fuel for five days. Since many group members may have been to Sossusvlei (one of the highlights of Namibia), a visit there is not included in our current itinerary. Tonight you will have the opportunity to meet guides and fellow travellers. After a detailed briefing of what to expect the next couple of days, you will be treated to a lovely meal around the campfire.

 

DAY 2:  SOLITAIRE TO KUISEB RIVER CANYON

 

We depart from Solitaire and enter the Namib Nauklüft Park, 35kms north of the town - restricted Namib area. This is the start of a unique adventure offering you aspects of the Namib seldom experienced by the “normal” tourist. We cross the Namib plains more or less on the same ox-wagon route followed by early settlers, German Schutztruppe (on horseback & camels) and ‘transport ryers’ in the late 1800s.   The route leads to the Kuiseb River. The landscape gradually changes from the typical Namib Plains into a colourful landscape of red sand dunes separated by grassy plains. The Kuiseb Canyon offers unique scenery. Its southern bank is formed by massive red sand dunes and the northern bank by pitch black rock formations, while the riverbed itself is overgrown by massive endemic trees. The dry sand bed creates a kaleidoscope of green and white tones. We now proceed westwards along the edge of the canyon until we reach a spot were the dunes fall right into the river, near Homeb.   Depending on the status of the river (which may be in flood) we will ‘slip’ into the river enjoying its unique eco- system. This includes a variety of trees and an abundance of birds. We will cross over onto the northern bank of the Kuiseb Canyon, enjoying breathtaking views. On the northern side of the Kuiseb we will come across the southernmost examples of the Welwitschia mirabilis plant, endemic to the Namib Desert. Although the plant looks as if it has many leaves, it has only two, shredded by the wind over the course of centuries. The plant’s scientific names are a combination of the first European to describe it, a Slovenian botanist named Friedrich Welwitsch, and “Mirabilis” which comes from Latin and refers to its marvellous ability to survive in harsh, apparently waterless conditions.
The night is spent under the desert sky!

 

DAY 3:  DESERT CROSSING

 

The Namib Desert follows the coast of Namibia for approximately 2000 kilometres. It varies in width from 80 to 200 kilometres where it meets the Namib Escarpment. The most important climatic feature of the Namib Desert is its sparse and highly unpredictable annual rainfall which ranges from 5 mm in the west to about 85 mm along its eastern limits. Our aim with this trip is to drive across the desert from east to west experiencing the dramatic change in the environment. From Homeb, we head southwest into the “sand sea”. On the way to Conception Bay massive dunes are negotiated. Once again ever-changing scenery and beautiful landscapes are enjoyed.  Drivers’ skills are bound to be improving as the dunes offer greater and greater challenges. The dune straits are massive, and the dunes themselves even more impressive.  Most are in excess of 150m high. We once again make camp amongst them, enjoying the unique thrill of desert camping.

 

DAY 4  & 5:  CONCEPTION BAY AND GHOST TOWNS 

 

In the area between Conception Bay and Meob Bay the mining settlements of Holsatia, Charlottenfelder and Grillenberger were established during the heyday of diamond mining. No form of engine-driven transport was available during the first 15 years of exploration. Transporting supplies and mining equipment happened mainly by ship from Swakopmund or using the cutter, Viking, traveling via Sandwich Harbour, Conception and Meob Bays. Various shipping casualties occurred, such as when the Eduard Bohlen was stranded near Conception Bay in 1909. This rusty wraith is something exceptional to behold! During 1912/1913 a light railway from Conception Bay to Conception Water, and an 80-kilometer pipeline linking the settlements, were constructed. It is not clear how many pre-fabricated buildings were erected at the various settlements, as only the foundations of some of these are still visible today.

The exploration of Namibia by Europeans commenced from this coastline as early as 1485, although the inhospitable Namib Desert barred access to the interior. Probably the first European to set foot on Namibian soil was the Portuguese explorer, Diogo Cao or Diogo Cam, followed by Bartholomew Diaz two years later, on 8 December 1487. This date represented the holiday of "Maria's Conception". Therefore the bay received the name" Santa Maria da Conceicao" (Conception Bay). Today you will most likely see vast flocks of birds, drive past Cape Fur seal colonies, visit the wreck of the Eduard Bohlen near Conception Bay and see various relics dating back to the diamond mining era. In November 1914 all the people in this area were requested to stop operations and to proceed to Swakopmund. This order came as a result of an expected invasion of allied troops. This part of the journey is something history buffs will particularly enjoy…keep a look out for wandering ghosts!

For the following two nights you will be camping in the Conception Bay area, either at “Leeukoppie” (Lion’s Head) or at “Conception Water” – depending on progress and/or weather).

 

DAY 6:  LANGEWAND TO WALVIS BAY

 

The dune belt opens up between Meob Bay and Conception Bay, but immediately after Conception it stretches right onto the beach. From Conception Bay you will be driving on the beach. Scenery is truly magnificent.  You will also experience driving freedom – BIG TIME!! We are heading northwards towards Sandwich Bay passing the wreck of the Shawnee and negotiating the famed Langewand where massive dunes come straight down into the sea. There are only two or three places in the world to see this natural phenomenon. Due to the tides, there is only a very limited time span to negotiate this stretch of beach. After Langewand the trail once again leads into the dunes, circumnavigating the saltpan ‘extensions’ of Sandwich Harbour. The dunes are still getting progressively larger, offering drivers an ever-changing dune driving experience.

From Sandwich Harbour the trail enters the roller coaster, a series of massive ‘roaring’ slip faces, not only giving you a thrilling experience but also offering breathtaking views of the harbour and a panorama of sandscapes on the way to Walvis. The trip concludes over dinner at a restaurant in Walvis Bay.  Accommodation for the last evening in Walvis Bay is included. The time has sadly come to say your good-byes to new friends made during this adventure of a lifetime.

 

OPTIONAL: 


1.  Before returning home, make use of a unique opportunity to view the Namib from the air. A scenic flight over the Desert is a great way to experience the desert you have just negotiated from another angle- well worth the expense!  

2.  A thrilling Dolphin Cruise departs daily from Walvis Bay Harbour.  This is something not to miss.  Contact our office for bookings and the best rates.

3.  Pre and Post tour accommodation.  Contact Live the Journey for all your pre and post accommodation bookings to ensure a hassle free trip.  Due to our buy power we can offer excellent rates.

**Please note: Although some experience of dune driving and previous ‘wild camping’ (no formal facilities at camp) are recommended this does not mean that this will be a “Dakar Rally”. The emphasis is definitely on what the Namib has to offer but crossing massive dunes and doing a lot of off-road driving forms a large part of this experience. Participants must definitely have off-road endurance and a taste of adventure. 
Please note that no trailers are allowed on this tour.

 

END OF TOUR

 

FEEDBACK FROM OUR CLIENTS

 

The Desert of Everlasting Impressions: (extracts from our tour diaries):

 

~  “The extent of what awaits you is hard to describe.  It will change something about your   humanity.  Even if
     you only do one 4x4 adventure in your life, make sure this is the one.”   (Barnie Louw, Editor DRIVE OUT)

~  “Jy kan nie die Namib verlaat sonder dat dit ‘n indruk op jou gelaat het nie.  Dit is ‘n  ongelooflike ervaring
     wat jou ewig sal bybly”     

~  “If there is somebody who has not been in the Namib, I can only say: DO IT NOW!! It is one  of the last places 
     to experience the rawness of unspoilt nature”.

~  “It was nothing less than a truly brilliant experience and one that I would certainly do again.”

~  "Ek is 'n 13-jarige dogter wat die Namibtoer saam met my ouers gedoen het.  Dit is 'n 
     asemrowende ervaring - jy is weg van alles, en ek kon weer 'n slag asemhaal en myself wees.  Dit was my  
     lekkerste vakansie ooit!!!  Selfs lekkerder as my besoek aan Disney   World in Amerika.  Dit is BESLIS een van
     die "TEN THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE"!!!

FACES OF THE NAMIB
Highlights: Oldest Desert, Living Desert, Diamond Desert

At a glance .....

COST

 

PRICES FROM 1 August 2015 (2015/2016):
Peak Season Prices: (15 Mar – 15 April / 20 June – 20 July / 25 Sept – 15 Oct / 1 Dec – 15 Jan
)

 

Nights                          Adults                                      0 - 5 years                6 to 17 years             Single supplement
                      *single supplement added

                    to vehicle with only one adult

 

    5                  Adults = R9 250.00 pp                                  -                           R1 850.00                     R1 750.00

                            (20 minimum)                                                                         per child  

 

Off-Peak Season  

 

Nights                          Adults                                       0 - 5 years                6 to 17 years            Single supplement
                      *single supplement added

                    to vehicle with only one adult

 

    5                  Adults = R8 750.00 pp                                 -                            R1 850.00                    R1 750.00

                            (20 minimum)                                                                         per child       

 

Prices subject to change without notification 

 

INCLUCED

 

- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Experienced guides with own vehicles
- Two way radio’s for vehicles
- Camping and accommodation fees
- Concession fees and levies
- “Communal” camping equipment (e.g. braai grid, cooking facilities & equipment, tables, wash-up facilities, shower, toilet etc.)

 

EXCLUDED

 

- Transport
- Fuel
- Lunch
- Camping gear
- Travel insurance and vehicle insurance
- Things of a personal nature

 

ESSENTIALS

 

The following items are mandatory for each participation vehicle:

 

~  Spade
~  60 litres water in total of which 20 litres will be used by the kitchen and the remainder will be for
    showering
~  bottled water for drinking
~  Tyre pressure gauge
~  Pump to inflate tyres
~  Toilet paper & matches
~  Plastic bags to carry waste (e.g. empty cool drink tins, etc)
~  Brake fluid
~  Gear oil
~  Engine oil
~  Fuses
~  Spare V- Belt set (type of belt depends on your vehicle)
~  Sufficient Petrol/Diesel to cover the distance – 550KM. Heavy sand driving conditions (+/- 3 km/litre and
    +/- 5 km/litre consumption for larger petrol and diesel engines respectively) will be experienced.
(You will need to keep the extra fuel in your own jerry cans)
~  Vehicle to be fitted with points to attach tow ropes both in front and at the rear. NB!!
~  All equipment and luggage must be strapped in and securely fastened
~  Vehicle must be loaded in such a way to ensure that the vehicle is not “Top Heavy” – e.g. only light
     items, camping gear on roof carriers
~  2 Large bags of firewood per vehicle (supplied by you)
~  The trail passes through heavy dune area, which requires high flotation tyres ("fat takkies").


Optionally:

 

~  Hi lift Jack & Q20 Spray
~  Extra Spare wheel (no 6)
~  Small broom & Small spade


All you need:

 

~ Tent, folding chair & sleepwear (bedroll, tent etc.) *Longer tent pegs are needed for pitching in the sand.
~ Eating utensils (cutlery, plate, bowl, glass & mug)
~ Provide lunch
~ Own snacks & refreshments (alcoholic beverages, cool drinks etc.)
~ Torch & batteries
~ Camera (extra films & battery)
~ Sunglasses & sun tan lotion
~ Clothing (very hot and very cold), toiletries & towels.
~ Prescribed medicine
~ Small bowl or collapsible wash basin


**PLEASE NOTE THIS TOUR CANNOT BE DONE WITH A TRAILER.



NOTES

 

4 x 4 driving … what to expect:


If this is your introduction to the Namib Desert, expect the exceptional. The emphasis of the tour is not only on the adrenaline thrill of dune driving, but a huge part of its focus is studying the plants, small creatures and wildlife all of which make this desert their home. Enjoying the Namib’s incredible views and history is also emphasized.  Our guides will capture your imagination with their knowledge on the fauna and flora of the desert and historical facts.  They will also wow you with their cooking skills, preparing two mouth-watering meals each day. Equally, if you are a seasoned desert traveller you will find our Faces-tour to be both an unparalleled adrenaline rush and a journey of discovery. The dunes along this stretch of the Namib are higher and more challenging than elsewhere. Driving here requires good technique and discipline to manoeuvre from one dune strait to the next.  The magnitude of what awaits you is difficult to express in words.  Although the tour’s emphasis is not solely on 4x4 and off-road driving, driving on and over the world's highest sand dunes means previous experience and a proficiency in off-road driving are recommended. Beginners will be talked through each phase of the journey.

 

Travel insurance and medical evacuation:


Clients need to take out their own travel insurance and emergency evacuation cover in case of a motor vehicle accident, heart attack or any other medical emergency.
Please supply detail of this information that we know whom to contact in case of an emergency.


Emergency Contact number:


Should anybody wish to contact you whilst on the trip – we will be out of range of any cell phone reception or normal telephone services. We will however be in regular contact with our office in Walvis Bay. Anybody that needs to get hold of you urgently should contact our office +264 64 220 571. We will then return the call soonest.

 

Vehicle insurance:


Please check with your insurance that your vehicle is covered for an off road trip through the desert.  Should you have a breakdown we will assist with on site recovery, but this will be at an additional cost and the account for this must be settled directly upon arrival in Walvis Bay.

 

  • Namibia operates on daylight saving time: the clocks are turned back 1 hour on the first Sunday in April and turned forward 1 hour on the first Sunday in September.

  • Petrol cards and Debit/Credit cards for petrol are no longer accepted in Namibia for fuel purchases. Only cash will be accepted.

  • Children under 18 must have an unabridged birth certificate to leave/enter South Africa at the border and at International Airports.

  • New Namibian Traffic Regulation
    Daylight Headlights:  As from the 28th of July 2015, a person driving a motor vehicle during the day on a trunk road, main road and/or a district road must switch on the headlamps on dimmed beam or daytime running lights.

 

For booking details please contact Marina at Cederberg 4x4

 

Tel: 021 913 4632

E-Mail: info@cederberg4x4.co.za

 

 

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