Expedition Dates: 16th – 25th October 2023
- Depart London (or home country) on Mon 16th to arrive in Windhoek the following afternoon on Tuesday 17th
- Departing Windhoek on the afternoon of Tuesday the 24th, to arrive in London (or home country) on the morning of Wednesday the 25th
Duration: 8 Days (in country)
Group Size: 12 Max (+ 3 Leaders / Medics)
- 6 nights under stars
- 1 night guesthouse
Climate: Hot and sunny
- Day-time temperature approximately: 30° C
- Night-time temperature approximately: 15°
Price (exc. Flights):
- Deposit: £500
- Balance: £1395
- Total Cost: £1895
Your adventure will take place in the rugged Erongo Mountains, a wild and rocky landscape of steep escarpments looking out over the vast wilderness of the Namib Desert. A true truly ancient wilderness, made up of volcanic granite and basalts and slowly eroded for 130 million years, the Erongo Mountains are truly stunning. Small kopjes rise from the sand floor, covered in cliffs, boulders and slab rocks.
Here you will learn the art of light-weight desert travel and how to move safely and easily through the African bush. Trekking with a few essentials, you will learn desert survival skills, like how to find water in this parched landscape, light fires by friction, learn to trap small mammals and birds, how to process large game, as well as the art of tracking and protocols for wildlife encounters, and we will trek to undiscovered ancient Bushman rock art sites, far from the tourist trail, that few people have ever seen.
The volcanic basin is packed with indigenous wildlife, from tiny dik-dik and klipspringer to hyena and leopard, to larger antelope like oryx and kudu, and the giants of the continent, the wild desert elephants. This is not a trip for the faint hearted! You will learn how deal with snake encounters, avoid scorpions, how to stay safe in big cat country and a myriad of other skills that enable life in the veldt.
This expedition is a hands-on, desert survival skills training course and you will be expected to hike, build, carry, gather, trap, dig and cook.
“Tracking is like dancing, because your body is happy. It is telling you the hunting will be good. You feel it in the dance. It tells you. When you are tracking, and dancing, you are talking with God.” – !Nqate Xqamxebe (a persistence hunter featured in the documentary film The Great Dance: A Hunter’s Story)
Very few people get to experience the veldt in this way, so don’t be surprised when you fall in love with the desert – bewitched by her brooding tawny landscapes, the gentle peoples and her incredible wildlife.
Note: please do not book your flight until you have confirmed your place on the course with us and made email contact first – this trip will need a minimum number to run.
- Lightweight travel
- Natural hazards
- Wildlife hazards
- Desert camping
- Desert survival skills
- Friction fire lighting
- Natural cordage
- San Bushman art
- Game observation
- Tracking skills
- Hunting techniques
- Trapping skills
- Procuring water
- Game processing
- Making biltong
- Security on steep ground
- South African abseil
- Two Wild Human Expedition Leaders.
- All food (snacks and meals) and soft drinks.
- Internal transport as outlined in itinerary.
- Special in-country permits and permissions.
- International flights/ travel.
- Travel insurance (obligatory).
- Alcohol (Due to the remote nature of this Expedition no alcohol will be taken into the bush)
- Personal equipment (full kit list in the Notes Section).