The Himba Trail, Namibia: What to Expect on a Guided Safari

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The Kunene region in North West Namibia is a vast and varied land…

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 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. This proud and ancient people are herders, relying on goat and cattle for their subsistence, and are 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, and a dream come true… and something that we offer at Safari Drive.

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.

Getting on the Himba Trail

Once a year, we assemble a guided group trip that sets off to explore the remote and fascinating regions of Northern Namibia. This two-week guided tour is known as the Himba Trail, and 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 Himba Trail is a guided self-drive group safari. It’s 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.

Here’s a brief glimpse into what you can expect on a guided group safari trip in North West Namibia, along the Himba Trail…

Expect: A Knowledgeable Guide

Your journey along the Himba Trail will include one of Namibia’s greatest guides who will be traveling 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 traveling with you, as they will be able to guide you through the terrain and offer up helpful information and facts along the way.

Expect: Stories You Won’t Hear Elsewhere

When you travel the Himba Trail, you will have the chance to hear some fascinating stories, as well as garner a wealth of information and facts from your guide along the way.

Your guide will be knowledgeable and experienced, not only available to answer questions, but to provide you with fascinating facts and in-depth information on every aspect of your journey, providing you with a richer, more all-encompassing experience.

Expect: 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 meat, sausage, bread, cheese, fruit and various antipasti; while dinner is a starter, main course, main course, fresh salad, and dessert.

Expect: 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 tours travels in their own vehicle, you will have the chance to interact with others around the campfire at night.

Expect: Amazement 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 colorful flamingo, as well as well-known favourites including lion, elephant, giraffe, leopard, and zebra as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino.

Expect: Feeling Impressed by 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 kilometers wide and forms a series of waterfalls that spread over 1.5 kilometers. These spectacular falls are a treat for the eyes and a popular spot for photographers to gather and take photos.

Expect: 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.

Expect: To Fall in Love With a Himba Village

Finally, the highlight for many: the chance to visit the Himba. While in Kaokoland, you will have the opportunity to go out and visit a Himba Village, where friendly and striking Himba people will be sure to extend their welcome to you.

Visit with 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.

Are You Ready?

As you can see, North West Namibia is home to some spectacular sights, amazing animals, and fascinating culture. We believe that our Himba Trail guided tour is one of the best ways to experience all that this region has to offer.

Whether you are an experienced safari-goer, or if this is your first time to the continent of Africa, I’m certain that this tour will see you falling in love with Africa and returning home ready to plan your next trip.

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? If you’d like more information about our guided tour through Northern Namibia contact Safari Drive today. Our next Himba Trail guided tour will take place 6-20 November, 2016. Don’t forget to watch our award-winning Namibia video, featuring beautiful time lapse photography and spectacular views.

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Photos by Vernon Swanepoel and David Siu

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