This morning you will start early for a magical drive north to the Kunene River. The trip starts by traversing the rocky Hartmann’s Pass to Rooidrom (Red Drum), a major intersection in the middle of nowhere. Heading west and then north you will head up the famous Hartmann’s Valley, eventually making your way over the Hartmann’s Mountains and into the Marienfluss Valley. This area is filled with the mysterious fairy circles, something which is bound to keep the conversation going in the vehicle whilst heading for the Kunene River before arriving there in time for lunch. The Kunene River is a wild river having its origin in the Angolan Highlands, and it abounds with large crocodiles, while still being a lifeline for man and beast in this arid environment. This area used to be home to desert adapted elephants until the 1960’s and 70’s when poaching decimated the last remaining population. It is currently part of a conservation plan which is working on a project to attract elephants back to these parts.
You will arrive at the luxurious Okahirongo River Camp at the top of the Marienfluss Valley in time for lunch, after which you will have some time to relax and enjoy your beautifully appointed room. This afternoon is spent on boat excursion along the Kunene River, taking in this contrasting landscape whilst looking out for local birdlife and crocodiles. The return to camp will normally be just after sunset, in good time to freshen up in time for dinner.