Damaraland Elephant & Rhino Tracking
Includes: Brandberg, Ugab River, Doros Crater - Namibia
The Elephant and Rhino Tracking tour is a 3 night / 4 day expertly guided camping safari, that explores the semi-desert Damaraland region of Namibia in search of both the desert-adapted elephant and black rhino. They are free roaming groups of large animals that are not restricted by park boundaries and wander about as they please. There is no fixed itinerary to this safari, and your guide will take you wherever the chances are getting good sightings are greatest. Transport is in comfortable vehicles, with excellent meals and above all, a first class guide.
Bruno Nebe is one of the best guides in Namibia. His intimate knowledge of Namibia's flora and fauna, is combined with an unbelievable detailed understanding of geology, geography, archeology, not to mention a wide spectrum of Namibia's political and economic issues. Many trackers enjoy his relaxed and unpretentious guiding style.
This particular tour:
- Is completely self-sufficient of food, water and camping equipment from the time it departs Swakopmund. This leaves the maximum time available to track and search for desert-adapted elephants and rhino.
- Selects camping sites in a safe and appropriate manner, suitable both for trackers and the animals.
- The expert local knowledge provided by the guides, ensures the tour will visit less-travelled and better sites.
- Takes a personal approach to the tour, and places a high premium on good company, good planning and good fun!
- Days 1: Brandberg West
- Travellers will be collected from their Swakopmund accommodation (at a pre-arranged time) and head north via the 'gem capital' of Uis to the Brandberg - Namibia's highest mountain and home to an impressive collection of rock art, including the famous 'White Lady'. There will be an option to visit these sites for those on the tour who haven't seen them previously. The first night's camp is near Brandberg West where local trackers, (usually engaged in rhino conservation work) will join the tour. These men have enormous experience of the surrounding area, sharply-honed tracking skills and good knowledge of individual animals. There is no guarantee that an elephant or rhino will be sighted, but there is an excellent success record to date.
- Day 2: Ugab River
- The second night's camp is near the enchanting Ugab River, a linear oasis which draws countless animals to its water source. This is desert-adapted elephant country, a fascinating group of animals which survive against all the odds in Damarland's harsh conditions. They roam the Huab and Ugab rivers and tributaries, in search of vegetation and water.
- Day 3: Doros Crater
- On the third day, it's off to the Doros Crater - a favourite stamping ground for rhino - via the historic settlement site of Gai-As. The black rhino search for shrub, (the area is not suitable for white rhino's who prefer to graze). The third night's camp is a return to the Ugab River banks.
- Day 4: Ugab River Banks - Swakopmund
- The tour leaves for Swakopmund via the Messum Crater and the largest collection of Welwitschia sites in Namibia. The Messum Crater is a secluded volcanic feature in the Gobobose Mountains west of Brandberg, Namibia. It is over 20km in diameter, and was one of the volcanoes of the Etendeka period, about 133 million years ago. The Welwitschia mirabilis, is a plant that is considered a living fossil, with some plants living 1,000 years or more. (Named after Dr. Frederich Welwitsch, who discovered it in 1859.) The Cape Cross Seal Colony, Henties Bay and the coastal lichen fields are an option for those people on the tour, who haven't had the chance to see these sites previously.
Accommodation and meals as listed on the itinerary
Park entrance fees
Passenger liability insurance
Items of a personal nature
- Route & Accommodation
- The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it there may be circumstances when it may change - for example weather and/or road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may be altered from those indicated.