THE SANDS OF THE NAMIB

Highlights 

  • The infamous Skeleton Coast
  • The oldest desert in the world
  • Star studded nights
  • Desert adapted flora and fauna, such as elephant and Welwitschia mirabilis
  • Incredible variation of terrain and geology 
  • Traditional Namibian Cuisine at basecamp

Dates

13 - 26 July 2019

Cost

enquire at info@mcxpeditions.com


Summary

"The Land God Made in Anger"

This trans Namib trek will see you and your team cross the world's oldest desert and test yourselves to the limit in some of the harshest terrain in the world. Traverse 150 km of sand dunes, plunging canyons and meandering riverbeds, and with a bit of luck, marvel at majestic herds of Desert Elephant and Black Rhino. At the end of the expedition set foot upon the infamous, fog-shrouded Skeleton Coast, and feast your eyes upon the wreck of the Winston.

Unsupported and extremely remote, this is not an expedition for the fainthearted, but will require everyone to work together as a team to complete this life-changing journey.

Location

 

Itinerary

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Day 1: Depart UK.

Day 2: Arrive Namibia. Overnight at Okahanja lodge.

Day 3: Transfer to Base Camp.

Days 4, 5 and 6: After breakfast we will transfer to the trek start point on the edge of the sandy plain. The orange sand is littered with Milk Bushes and a phenomenon known as Fairy Circles. To the south the ever present Brandberg Massif looms on the horizon, it will be visible for the entire trek.

Days 7 and 8: Over these next days we enter the Damara Belt, a myriad of dark turbites and schist's that have been turned on their sides. Part of the Damara Sequence, they were deposited by large inland rivers as many layers of sedimentary mud deep into an early ocean about 900 to 700 million years ago. We descend down, through this tortured landscape into the dried riverbed of the Ugab, here we find the artesian wells that support the heard's of up to thirty desert Elephant that move between feeding areas up and down the riverbed.


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Days 9 and 10: These two days find us emerging from the Ugab river and the Damara belt mudstone out onto the granite plains, we continue our trek north around the Goboboseb hills. Camp for the evening will give us stunning views of the Ugab river valley to the north. 

Days 11 and 12: Today finds us continuing west out onto the vast gravel plains, ahead we will get our first glimpse of the fog hanging over the coast and we will now be at the mercy of the south-westerly winds. 

Day 13: We head directly towards the sound of the pounding surf breaking on the Skeleton Coast and the wreck of the trawler, Winston

Here we meet the vehicles and transfer to our last night’s camp, with hot showers and cold beer.

Day 14: Depart Namibia. For those who wish to stay on in Namibia and see more of this extraordinary and beautiful country, let us know and we can advise you on safari companies and any other onward travel.


Included

  • In-country transfers
  • All food while on expedition
  • Traditional Namibian braii on first and last nights
  • Permits
  • Support vehicles
  • Satallite communications
  • McX guides

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Personal kit
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Tips 

FAQs

Q: Do I need a visa?

A: No. EU citizens receive a stamped visa on arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport

Q: What vaccinations do I need?

A: A full list of required vaccinations can be found here. Use our discount code to get 15% off all vaccinations.

Q: Where do I fly to and who with?

A: The nearest airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport, with flights from London available with a variety of operators. We recommend teams coordinate to travel together for safety and convenience.

Q: Where do I go from the airport?

A: An McX leader will meet you and the team at the airport and transfer with you to our first night's camp at Okahandja.

Q: What's the security situation like in Namibia? Is it safe?

A: Where we operate in Namibia is extremely remote and there is a low risk of outside interferance. Nevertheless full precautions must be taken to avoid any conflict with local wildlife. We take your safety very seriously and a full detailed risk assessment will be sent out to team members well in advance. For up to date foreign travel advice on Namibia click here.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: A full detailed kit list is available to team members upon request.

Q: How fit do I have to be?

A: We recommend team members are able to walk up to 15km per day and carrying a pack of 20 kilos for ten days.

Q: What will the food be like?

A: In base camp and while trekking we eat a variety of dehydrated army rations to meet the daily calorie intake. On travel days in Okahandja we enjoy delicious traditional Namibian food cooked on a braii (barbecue)

Q: I have special dietary requirements. Are you able to cater for me?

A: There are a wide range of rations available including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. So we can try to cater for everyone's needs.

Q: Can I extend my trip?

A: Of course! Any modifications to the itinerary should be discussed with us beforehand and we can recommend you to our in-country tourist providers.

Q: Are there any medical conditions that would prevent me from coming?

A: We have a strong policy of inclusion and try to accommodate everyone as best we can. We therefore insist on complete transparency regarding any past and present medical conditions. Any concerns you have please contact us directly and we will be happy to speak to you in private.

 

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