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The Himba Trail; a guided self-drive into the Kaokoland

The Himba Trail is back!

Like the region you are travelling, this Namibia safari is unique. You will join a guided self-drive group safari and drive yourself through some of Namibia's most exciting and remote terrain over a two-week itinerary, staying in a wonderful selection of remote campsites and luxury lodges.

It is an excellent chance to experience a different culture firsthand while also having the opportunity to explore this vast and beautiful land and come face-to-face with some of Africa's most well-loved safari animals.

The trip is fully catered, and takes you through the best of Northern Namibia, giving you a chance to explore this fascinating country and see for yourself what makes it high on every adventurer's list.

Northern Namibia is home to some of the most spectacular sights on earth; from the beautiful, isolated plains where the Himba make their home, to the breathtaking sights of the Epupa Falls, and the amazing animals found at the Etosha Salt Pan.

Visit the Kaokoland

The arid plains of North-West Namibia are as beautiful as they are isolated. The Kunene region, also known as Kaokoland, is considered by many to be 'one of the last true wildernesses of southern Africa', per footprinttravelguides.com. The region is also home to the rare desert elephant and the endangered black rhino.

Namibia truly is a land of unspoiled wilderness and boasts the second-lowest population density in the world with only one person to every two square kilometres.

Meet the Himba People

The Himba are one of the indigenous groups of people that inhabit this vast region. These proud and ancient people are herders, relying on goat and cattle for their subsistence. They're known for their ochre-tinted mixture that they apply to their skin and hair in what could easily be considered the world's most unique and fascinating beauty treatment.

For many, a trip to this region and the opportunity to interact with the Himba people in their villages is an experience of a lifetime. Enjoy as the Himba as they take you on walks around the village, or observe them as they go about daily life.

Many visitors to Namibia have a visit to a Himba village at the top of their list and look forward to the opportunity to discover the Himba's ancient culture, and a chance to experience their unique way of life. We're committed to providing tours with the highest level of respect and sensitivity to the Himba culture, traditions, and lifestyle. Our goal is to open up the world's eyes to how they live while leaving a minimal footprint behind.

Follow your Guide

Your journey along the Himba Trail will include one of Namibia's greatest guides who will be travelling along in his own vehicle. You and your guide will be able to communicate the whole journey through walky-talky radio, making the journey truly enjoyable and hassle-free.

If you have any questions or concerns, your guide will be available to help. It's also helpful to have a guide travelling with you, as they will be able to guide you through the terrain and offer up valuable information and facts along the way.

Enjoy a Camp Cook

There's no need to worry about preparing your own food on your journey; our guided tour includes a local camp cook who will provide all of the meals that are not provided by lodges, as well as lunches whilst you are en route.

The menu features breakfasts of coffee, tea, toast, jam, cereal, cold cuts/meat, cheese, yoghurt and fruit, and cooked breakfasts when camping in one location for more than one day. Lunches include salad, cold meats, bread, cheese, fruit and various antipasti; while dinner is a starter, main course, main course, fresh salad, and dessert—all Namibian style.

Enjoy Remote Campsites

Fact. This trip will include some of the remotest campsites in Namibia. If you were to imagine what it would like to camp on Mars, then look no further.

Enjoy the chance to share the journey with others

Arguably one of the best ways to experience an African safari is in a group setting; this will allow you to encounter new experiences while still being surrounded by the company of others. 

While each party in our small, three-vehicle group travels in their own vehicle, you will have the chance to interact with others around the campfire at night.

Be amazed at Etosha National Park

Regarded by many as one of Africa's greatest wildlife sanctuaries, Etosha National Park is home to one of the largest salt pans in the world.

Each year during the wet season this salt pan floods; which then sees the area teeming with wildlife, including flocks of the colourful flamingo, as well as well-known favourites including lion, elephant, giraffe, leopard, and zebra as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino.

Feel impressed by the Epupa Falls

You can hear it before you see the thundering rush of water crashing down over the edge: Epupa Falls.

The Kunene River is 0.5 kilometres wide and forms a series of waterfalls that spread over 1.5 kilometres. These spectacular falls are a treat for the eyes and a popular spot for photographers to gather and take photos.

Spectacular Scenes in Damaraland

Damaraland is another spectacular scenic area in Namibia. This region is an untamed, rugged highland desert wilderness, that's home to unique animal species including the last black rhinos in the wild. Damaraland is also flanked by the Skeleton Coast.

See the full itinerary

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Prices start from £4,460 per person.

Register your interest today

Every few years, we assemble this guided exciting group trip. We tend to run it in either March or November. If you would like to register your interest, please email Ben Nelson at ben@safaridrive.com.

Questions are welcome and should you wish to discuss it a little more, please do not hesitate to give Ben a call on +44 (0) 1488 71140.