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, the focus of our tour, is a tradition which has continued over thousands of years. The story of this aspect of one human culture is brought to life with exciting immediacy by the stunning surroundings: landscapes almost unaltered by humans, and still populated by the same wild creatures depicted in the earliest art.

Our guide lecturer Dr Paul Bahn is a well-known authority on rock art. More than half of this tour will be dedicated to experiencing all that Namibia has to offer beyond its past – excursions into the desert, onto the sea and by plane over the famous dunes (should you so wish), as well as plentiful game viewing. A trip of a lifetime.

  • An all-embracing tour to Namibia: from rock art to game reserves and river cruises, we experience the many facets of this beautiful country
  • Incredible rock art sites and incomparable landscapes, populated by the same living game depicted by the prehistoric artists
  • Enjoy exclusive visits to remote sites that are inaccessible to the general public, where we see spectacular examples of Khoisan rock art

Themes

  • Rock Art
  • Prehistory

Practicalities

  • Small Group
  • Low Single Supplement
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2017

Day 1

We fly from London to Windhoek.

Day 2

We arrive in Windhoek and drive west across desert to the coastal town of Swakopmund. We take the afternoon to relax and explore the town.

Day 3

There are two options this morning. You could choose to explore the flora and fauna of the Swakop Riverbed - a great introduction to the Namib Desert. Or, we have arranged an optional dolphin-spotting cruise. This afternoon you can join an optional private flight over Sossusvlei, or enjoy free time.

Day 4

We travel North along the Skeleton Coast. Along the way, we admire the spectacular beauty of the Spitzkoppe Mountains, and granite lances which rise sheer from the plain. We see a number of rock art sites dating as far back as 100,000 years! We also visit the Bushmen encampment for demonstrations of their great skills in tracking and identifying wildlife.

Day 5

We spend two full days in the Erongo Mountains – visiting numerous vividly painted sites in caves, mountains and shelters rarely seen by Westerners.

Day 6

We spend two full days in the Erongo Mountains – visiting numerous vividly painted sites in caves, mountains and shelters rarely seen by Westerners.

Day 7

Today we head to the rock art around Omandumba West, at Leopard Cave and Swarming Bees. As well as the paintings, archaeologists have uncovered here some of the earliest remains of domesticated goat and antelope found anywhere in Africa.

Day 8

We make our way to Brandberg Range, where we view some of the thousands of mural art sites amid some of the most photogenic scenery in Africa. We also visit the ‘White Lady’ shelter, with its complex mural designs.

Day 9

Visit the famous petroglyph (rock-carving) site of Twyfelfontein, one of the primary sites for rock engravings. This afternoon we try our hand at tracking animals along the Huab Riverbed.

Day 10

We head north to the little visited western Etosha National Park.

Day 11

We spend two days in the Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in southern Africa. We have ample opportunities to spot elephant, zebra, giraffe and other African animals with game drives through the main part of the great pan.

Day 12

We spend two days in the Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in southern Africa. We have ample opportunities to spot elephant, zebra, giraffe and other African animals with game drives through the main part of the great pan.

Day 13

Today, we drive south to the reserve at Okonjima, famous for its ‘Africat’ programme.

Day 14

Enjoy a full day at Okonjima - founded in the 1990s the Africat Foundation here aims to protect and rehabilitate Southern Africa’s characteristic big cat species, cheetah and leopard. We have the opportunity to track animals in their natural habitat.

Day 15

A final morning at Okonjima before drive to airport for flights home.

Day 16

We arrive home on Day Sixteen.

What's Included

  1. Tour Manager
  2. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  3. Meals - All meals included
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  5. Field Notes
  6. Hotels - 2 nights in Swakopmund, 3 nights in Al Aiba, 1 night in Brandberg, 2 nights in Twyfelfontein, 2 nights in Dolomite Camp, 1 night in Okaukuejo, 2 nights in Okonjima
  7. Flights - London to Walvis Bay; Windhoek to London

Hotel Info

2 nights in Swakopmund
3 nights in Al Aiba
1 night in Brandberg
2 nights in Twyfelfontein
2 nights in Dolomite Camp
1 night in Okaukuejo
2 nights in Okonjima

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2017 Tour Details

Sun 8th October - Mon 23rd October

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£5,500

ex. flights: £4,300

sgl supp: £340

NAM17A

Led By: Dr Paul Bahn

Guide Lecturer

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