Rock art in the Namibian Wilds

The ’White Lady’ frieze in the Brandberg, the most famous of thousands of mural art sites amid some of the most photogenic scenery in Africa
The ’White Lady’ frieze in the Brandberg, the most famous of thousands of mural art sites amid some of the most photogenic scenery in Africa
Design on the hoof - great herds of zebra as we pass
Design on the hoof - great herds of zebra as we pass
... And depicted in identical fashion in the ancient art of Namibia
... And depicted in identical fashion in the ancient art of Namibia
San Bushmen stalking using age-old skills and methods
San Bushmen stalking using age-old skills and methods
A Namaqua chameleon strolls across the desert sands
A Namaqua chameleon strolls across the desert sands
Walking up to the site of the ‘White Lady’ frieze
Walking up to the site of the ‘White Lady’ frieze

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.

  • An immersive tour of Namibia, from rock art to game reserves
  • Incomparable ancient rock art sites among incredible landscapes
  • Spend two days game viewing at the amazing Etosha National Park
  • Travel with a real rock art expert, Dr. Paul Bahn on this tour
  • Visit and get involved in the Africat Foundation in Okonjima

Themes

  • Rock Art
  • Prehistory

Practicalities

  • Small Group
  • Low Single Supplement
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We depart from London and fly overnight via Johannesburg to Walvis Bay.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

This morning, we leave our hotel to explore the Swakop River bed, an area rich in both bird life and unusual plant species. The afternoon will be free for us to visit the Swakop Museum, which is home to an array of cultural and historic artefacts that tell us more about this part of the world. There will also be an optional excursion, at an additional cost, to fly over the desert.

Day 4

Today we will take the coach and drive along the Skeleton coast to Bushman’s Paradise to view the rock art site. We will continue afterwards to the Erongo Mountains and Ai Aiba. In the afternoon there will be a guided walk to explore the local rock art.

Day 5

Today is the first of two full days in the Erongo Mountains, which includes a visit to the rock shelter of Ekuta - considered to be one of the best rock art sites in the whole region.

Day 6

We head out to the rock art around Omandumba West, where we will see the Torch Site and Swarming Bees. You will also visit a Bushman “Living Museum” located on a nearby farm. Here, you will be given an insight into the lifestyle, beliefs, ancient skills and traditions of the Bushmen.

Day 7

We drive up via Uis in the Brandberg Range to see the "White Lady" shelter with its complex mural designs which include the most famous rock art figure in southern Africa. We will explore along the Ugab river to look for desert elephants in the afternoon.

Day 8

Today we will drive up to the Twyfelfontein area and visit prehistoric rock engravings there, as well as Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes. We will also visit the petroglyphs around Twyfelfontein Lodge.

Day 9

We have the opportunity to experience a thrilling game drive along the Aba Huab River Valley to view the local fauna. We will also visit the rock art site of Peet Alberts Koppie.

Day 10

Today we journey to Etosha, one of Africa’s great game viewing locations, via Khorixas and Outjo. We spend the evening watching game at Okaukuejo’s floodlit waterhole.

Day 11

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.

Day 12

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.

Day 13

Today we drive south to the reserve at Okonjima, which is famous for its ‘Africat’ programme. Founded in the 1990s, the Africat Foundation protects and rehabilitates species of big cat.

Day 14

We spend more time today in the Africat area, and the foundation’s programme also includes an exciting opportunity to track down incredible animals such as cheetah and leopards.

Day 15

This morning we leave Okonjima and drive down to Windhoek International Airport, where we catch an overnight flight back to London via Johannesburg.

Day 16

We arrive in the UK today.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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2019 Tour Details

Mon 14th October - Tue 29th October

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£5,995

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sgl supp: £495

NAM19A

Led By: Dr Paul Bahn

Guide Lecturer

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