Etendeka Walking Trail
3-day guided hiking trail at the foot of the Grootberg Massif
A fantastic activity in the rugged north-western Namibia is the 3 day / 2 nights guided Etendeka Walking Trail. Get to know the pristine nature and fauna of the Etendeka Concession at the foot of the Grootberg Mountains and spend your nights under the fascinating Namibian sky.
- 3 day, 2 nights hiking trail
A unique, guided hike into a remote wilderness full of surprises
The Etendeka Walking Trail offers you the possibility to get a very special impression of Namibia and its breath-taking landscapes off the beaten track. The well trained and friendly guides know the area extremely well and can give detailed information on this geologically rich and diverse area.
The Walking Trail is suitable for children from 12 years old and the maximum group size is eight. A good health and fitness level paired with love of nature are essential.
Due to the high temperatures in summer the Etendeka Walking Trail remains closed during January.
Well ‘walked-in’ walking shoes, hat and sunscreen are compulsory. A torch, sun glasses, camera and binoculars are recommended.
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Etendeka Walking Trail Description
Day 1: Hike from Palmwag Lodge to River Camp
Meeting point for the first day is Palmwag Lodge. Here a driver collects your luggage, who takes everything to the River Camp while you meet your guide for the next three days. The first leg of the trail takes about 2-3 hours and takes you through impressive areas from the Palmwag into the Etendeka Concession. Your knowledgeable and experienced guide will introduce you to the flora and fauna of this arid Eden. You’ll arrive at the River Camp in the afternoon.
The River Camp is a rustic overnight camp with five sleeping platforms, built at a much frequented waterhole. Each platform is equipped with a toilet and water basin. Showers are found in a communal bathroom. The platforms also have a shaded area for the hot afternoon, which is folded away in the evenings to give way to open desert skies for the night, which you will spend in comfortable beds with cotton linen and duvets.
Dinner at River Camp is prepared over an open fire and enjoyed together. Sitting around the campfire, listening to stories told by the guide, this first adventurous day comes to an end.
Day 2: From River Camp to Mountain Camp
Early wake up from your first night under a starry sky filled with sounds and smells of the Namibian wilderness. Enjoy a tasty breakfast and pack your days provisions into the backpacks provided. Embark on the hike to Mountain Camp taking you through pristine landscapes around the Grootberg Mountain.
Walking distance today is between 15 and 20 kilometers. Depending on the fitness level of the group this takes about 6-7 hours.
The rocky plain offers a wonderful view onto the ancient Etendeka-Basalt formations and the flat mountains are home to many desert-adapted animals and plants. Giraffes, mountain zebras, oryx and steenbock are some of the mammals found here. With some luck you can even get to see the famous desert-adapted elephants and endangered black rhino. Your guide can show you countless animal tracks and has detailed knowledge about the history of the region.
The Mountain Camp is reached in the early afternoon in time for a light lunch. During the hottest time of the day it is time for a siesta. Also a time to reminisce about the impressions of the last few days.
The Mountain Camp is situated on top of the Crystal Mountain offering spectacular vistas, exquisite crystals and beautiful rock formations. You will again spend the night on platforms very similar to the ones at River Camp.
In the late afternoon you go on a short sundowner walk around the plateau. Afterwards a simple but delicious, wholesome meal is enjoyed around the camp fire.
Day 3: Farewell Etendeka Concession
Enjoy a short morning walk to Etendeka Mountain Camp after breakfast. Drive through picturesque landscapes in an open vehicle back to Palmwag Lodge.
|01.02.20 - 31.12.20||01.02.21 - 31.12.21|
|Per person single||N$ 10640||N$ 11700|
|Per person sharing||N$ 8480||N$ 9330|
|Inclusive: Full Board|
It’s our pleasure to book this activity for you. You will have no additional costs as we charge the public rates. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions.
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