remote and untouched landscapes on foot
Join some of Namibia’s most knowledgeable guides as they introduce you to the incredible life that lies largely hidden in this harsh but breathtaking landscape. With magnificent views of the ancient Etendeka basalt lava flows and flat top mountains, these rocky plains are home to an array of desert adapted plants and animals. The passionate guides know the area intimately and will share tales and information about this geologically rich environment. Track through dry Mopani shaded river beds and past other-worldly rocky outcrops as the guides identify spoor, indigenous animal, bird and plant species. Exploring this terrain on foot is a heightened and invigorating meeting of man and nature.
How to get started?
Your journey begins
2 nights in the Grootberg Massif
The Etendeka Overnight Walking Trail is set in the foothills of the Grootberg Massif. The unique new experience promises to be an authentic and exhilarating engagement with nature. Trek through one of Namibia’s most remote and untouched landscapes on foot, have sundowners as you look out over never-ending vistas of ancient rock formations, and sleep under a blanket of stars. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to connect with nature.
Etendeka Overnight Hiking Trail
A unique guided journey into a remote conservation area filled with desert life
The two rustic overnight camps make the most of sleeping under the breathtaking desert sky. The five sleeping platforms are raised off the ground to ensure that guests are safe and comfortable, while having the unparalleled experience of falling asleep to the night sounds of the wilderness under a starry sky. Comfortable beds and ‘bed-rolls’ are your bed for the night, each contain a 100% cotton linen sheet, down duvets and pillow for your comfort.
Each sleeping platform is equipped with a toilet and basin attached to the platform.
The sleeping platforms have a shaded area for that well-deserved afternoon siesta but the shade folds away at night so that you can fall asleep to the beauty of the open skies. There are communal open-air bathrooms including the typical much loved Etendeka Bucket Shower situated between the platforms.
The River Camp
This will be your first overnight stop and looks out over a water hole next to an established trail used by wildlife. Although the experience is not built around game viewing the location allows for safe sightings of wildlife including Hartmann Mountain Zebra, Oryx and Steenbok and if you are extremely lucky, the rare desert-adapted Elephant and Black Rhino.
The Hill Camp
Lying atop over-hanging cliffs on the Crystal Mountain, named after the incredible show of crystal quartz and agate that sparkle against its ancient rocky outcrops.
Wholesome meals are cooked over, and enjoyed around, the open fire with your guide being your host and companion.
This is simple comfort in a rugged and harsh landscape with an emphasis on a highly personalized, ‘back to basics’ wilderness encounter.
The END OF THE ROAD….for now