Rock art in the Namibian Wilds
The rock art of the Khoisan people is a tradition that has continued over thousands of years. This aspect of an ancient culture is brought to life with exciting immediacy by stunning surroundings. Landscapes almost unchanged by humanity are still populated by the same wild creatures depicted in the earliest art.
Leading us are Dr. Paul Bahn, the authority on rock art, and local Namibian guides, whose knowledge of the game and areas is unrivalled. This tour will be dedicated to experiencing all that Namibia has to offer - excursions into the desert, optional dolphin cruises and flights over the dunes make this the trip of a lifetime.
- Incomparable ancient rock art sites among incredible landscapes
- Game drives in the amazing Etosha National Park
- Travel with an expert on rock art, Dr. Paul Bahn
- Visit and get involved in the Africat Foundation in Okonjima
- An immersive tour of Namibia, a truly memorable experience
- Rock Art
- Small Group
- Low Single Supplement
- All Inclusive
We depart from London and fly overnight to Walvis Bay, via Johannesburg.
Arriving in the afternoon, we travel to Swakopmund and check in to our hotel. There will be time to unwind at leisure before we meet for dinner in the evening.
This morning, we leave our hotel to explore the Swakop River bed, a major river in the western part of Namibia, reaching the sea at the southern edge of the city Swakopmund. The area around the river mouth and the surrounding dunes are rich in both bird life, and unusual plant species. The afternoon will be free for us to explore Swakop Museum, where on display there are a variety of indigenous plants, animals, minerals, an archaeological exhibition, the transport system of old, and an array of cultural and historical objects to help us understand more about this part of the world. The exhibition “People of Namibia” highlights the rich cultural history of Namibia’s people with an insight into their traditions and everyday life. Alternatively, you may choose to take part in an optional excursion to the Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Plains, take a private flight over Sossuvlei and the Namibia Desert, or join a boat trip for dolphin spotting.
Today we drive from Swakopmund to Ameib for the start of two full days in the Erongo Mountains. Upon arrival, we take a break for lunch and then explore the impressive granite rock formations at Ameib, including Phillip’s Cave, an old cave of the San people where they created many interesting rock paintings, including the popular white elephant. Afterwards, we continue to Ai Aiba.
We start our day with a visit to the “Living Museum” of the Ju/Hoansi-San (also called Bushman). Here, we will gain an insight into the ancient hunter-gathered culture, the lifestyle of traditions of the San. After lunch, we continue to the rock shelter of Ekuta. Considered to be one of the best rock art sites in the whole region, it contains detailed depictions of animals and people carrying equipment, such as bows and arrows.
Our accommodation in Ai Aiba is dramatically set against imposing granite boulders in the foothills of the mountain range Steeped in history, these ancient rock formations are the eroded remains of a volcanic complex about 130 million years old. We spend our entire day on a guided walk to thoroughly explore the local rock art here.
We spend our day in Omandumba West. The rock art in this area includes rare and valuable paintings, such as the Swarm of the Bees and Torch. After lunch at the farm here, we travel to our next hotel, the Brandberg White Lady Lodge. Once we have checked-in, we explore along the Ugab River, which provides water for the rare desert elephant, as well as giraffe, mountain zebra and the black rhinoceros, which hopefully we will spot during our afternoon here.
We drive up the Uis in the Brandberg Mountain Range, which includes Königsstein, Namibia’s highest mountain and famous for its numerous rock paintings. Here we see the “White Lady” rock painting, which was discovered by Reinhard Maack in 1917, considered to be the most famous rock art figure in southern Africa. This afternoon, we drive up to the Twyfelfontein area, one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa, and it was approved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
We have the opportunity to experience a thrilling game drive along the Aba Huab River Valley to view the local fauna and the native wildlife. So far on our travels, we have seen different species of birds, and at this location, we could spot Monteiro’s hornbill, the Benguela long-billed lark and Ruppel’s Korhaan. Heading next to visit Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, we view the fascinating late Stone Age petroglyphs, which depict native fauna and hunter-gathered activities. Prehistoric rock engravings here include the Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes.
After driving to Kamanjab, we arrive at the rock art site of Peet Alberts Koppie, one of the Dorsland Trekkers and a former owner of Farm Kamanjab. As the second largest rock engraving site in Namibia, we see the giraffe, the largest engraving in Namibia. After lunch, we journey to Etosha National Park. Home to abundant wildlife, it is undoubtedly one of Africa’s great game viewing locations. This afternoon we head to Okaukuejo, where we observe a variety of wildlife congregating and interacting at a flood-lit waterhole, which is sure to result in a memorable sighting.
Today is the first of two full days that we spend in the Etosha National Park. Its unique feature is a salt pan that can be seen from space and game sightings here are almost guaranteed.
The second day in Etosha National Park. Animals we are likely to see in this wonderful location include elephants, zebras, giraffes and other animals endemic to this part of the country. Two truly memorable days.
Today we drive south to the reserve at Okonjima, famous for its ‘Africat’ programme. Founded in the 1990s, the Africat Foundation focuses on ensuring a sustainable future for Namibia’s large carnivores, such as leopards and cheetahs, through their conservation efforts. This afternoon we will be tracking some of these animals, a truly unique experience.
We spend more time today in the area of the Africat programme, with further opportunities to track these incredible animals. In addition to the leopards and cheetahs, we will be on the look out for wild dogs and hyenas. In the evening, we enjoy our last dinner together and take time to look back and recount the many highlights of our tour in this incredible country.
This morning we leave Okonjima and drive down to Windhoek International Airport, where we catch an overnight flight to London via Johannesburg.
We arrive in the UK.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Field Notes
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