Damaraland trek

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Day 1

Pick up client who had transferred from an open trek from Windhoek airport,transport to Windhoek accommodation.

Took him to okopuka for game drive and dinner.

Day 2

Ann arranged to pick up clients already in Windhoek then pick up rest of pax from airport.flight delayed .eventually left at 1400hrs.easy transfer arrived at drop off point at 19.15 then transferred to faans truck for 45 min ride to first nights camp.

BRANDBERG VIEW

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E014°'34'493"

 

DAY 3

Wakeup 0600

Dep 0730

Great day walking across plains to the dunes.probably the best days game spotting on a trek ever !! .zebra,oryx,springbock,kudu,snakes,chameleon,ostrich.eagles. Absolutely  unbelievable .they are going to expect this everyday !!!

LUNCH  STOP

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E014°32'439"

Quite a few of the pax know each other from previous trips so the bonding has begun .a pleasure to walk with. A hot day with little shade.a few blisters  and one guy sick otherwise  no worries great campsite.

DUNES  CAMP

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E014°29'106"

 

DAY 4

Great days walk, more brilliant game viewing,

Again the group were a pleasure to be with No problems at all.

LUNCH STOP

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QUANTAGAB CAMP

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E014°19'486"

 

DAY 5

Another unbelievable day.walking to the Doros crater.early lunch as far as the cruiser could go .then up and over the crater ridge, awesome views  some of the best views I have experienced in Namibia.great walk down other side of crater to a waterstop once back in plain ,arrived in camp at 1730 tired but exhilarated !!

One of clients unwell at lunch so was brought to camp by vehicle. They encountered giraffe and loads of other in Doros river game enroute.

DOROS CAMP

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E014°14'341"

(this campsite  may be moved 1 or 2 km closer to allow an earlier finish.)

 

DAY 6

Started the day with a two hour game drive down the Doros river in faans truck.

Saw loads of game again,including a pair of giraffe,kudu,oryx,springbock,african wild cat,dassie,eagles and a lone black rhino........

What a start to the day !!!!

Had to adapt lunch stop to accommodate late start to walk.were pestered by bees and 3-4 people got stung.long hot afternoon across the plains ,got picked up in two groups and transported into camp by bakkie.We could have walked to camp before dark but had already mentioned a pick up.Brilliant camp site !!!! Camping in shadow of a koppjie.campfire under an overhanging rock.great spot !

HYENA'S DEN CAMP

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E014°06'428"

 

DAY 7

The Mornings walk follows a wall like protrusion along the undulating terrain,beautiful rock formations.then after water stop we crossed the riverbed and followed the serpents back ridge to

LUNCH STOP

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E014°08'265"

 

Following lunch we turned into a gorge and dropped into another river system where we had to climb a steep ridge then climb and scramble down the other side to rejoin the riverbed, before entering the Ughab river.this soon brought us to

UGHAB RIVER CAMP

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E014° ' "

 

DAY 8

Wakeup 630

Depart 0800

Short walk to SRT camp.

Continued to pickup point and finish line.

Total of 3 hrs

Transfer to Walvis bay

 

DAY 9

WAke up 730

Breakfast  arranged in Walvis .visit to HIV / AIDS activity  centre.very impressed with professional  presentations by staff there,(good place for possible project for AMFAR?)AMFAR promised to ship some donated items for the centre .

Bus departed for Windhoek.

 

Gary and Sarah were brilliant helping us with all of the incidents in and around Walvis .

 

SUMMARY

Initially I was excited  to be doing a new route in Namibia but also sad that the old route that I enjoyed so much has been ruined by mining activity .We were also a little  anxious about the potentially demanding American clients.as it turns out there was no need.the rep  was great, a good link to the group. And the group were an absolute pleasure  to work wlth.the new route is excellent , in my opinion even better than the Naukluft route. All adding up to the best trek I have been involved in !!!!!

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