"They say an Elephant never forgets. What they don't tell you is, you never forget an Elephant" – Bill Murray
Tracks in the Sand
Desert Elephant

Like so many wonders found in Namibia, the Desert Elephant is one of these wonders. Not many are around any more and their life-sustaining habitat are under pressure from local and traditional famers.

Damaraland and Kaokoland is well known for the Desert adapted Elephant. To see these giants trending through the scorching desert leaves you with only more admiration for this mighty animal.

They are elusive and tend to hide themselves among Acacia trees during the day, emerging to drink and feed at night. They usually make the trek in a single night, when the temperature is cooler than by day. At certain times of year they move inland along narrow traditional paths to mountain areas in search better fodder areas. Should the rains fail, the adult elephants digging down to access water deep below the surface, but the youngsters cannot always reach the water with their trunks and rely on the adults to care for them.

The most noticeable difference is that the Desert elephants appear leaner and less bulky, their feet are wider helping them to walk with more ease across the very soft desert sand. Unlike most other Elephants, the Namib Desert adapted Elephants very rarely destroy or rip up the trees or plants they are eating, choosing rather to be able to return to the plant in the future.

To find these Giant Nomads of the Desert the norm is to patrolled the dry riverbed until you find the tell tale signs of the elephants foddering the night before and follow their wide footprints, yes one of their adaptations is a wider or bigger foot, in the sandy riverbed.

Because there is no official accommodation in this area, Etangola Namib Desert Tours have to setup temporary camps in the area. These camps offer all the comfort expected, scrumptious food, warm and comfortable beds, shower and secluded toilet. Relax at the campfire, fall asleep while counting the stars and listen to the sounds of the night.

Our camps are in well-selected locations not to disturb the movements of the desert dwelling wildlife. It offers a pictures view of the landscape with unforgettable sunrise and sunsets. Your host and guide will prepare tasty meals on the open campfire that toped of the best restaurants in the country. We share our stories under the starry night sky before you tuck away in your cozy comfortable bed.

The Itinerary is up to your request, depending on how much time you have available, but as a base line we need to look at the following time frame

Day to reach base camp - a full Day

This day will be more informative and educational on the environment, vegetation and landscape. Depending if you come from the coast – this would be reaching the sun, but if you come from the interior just a bit warmer Day to tack the Rhino - we that prefer 2 days to improve the success of finding the Rhino.

Once again to find the rare and endangered Black Rhino we at least need at a day to find the tracks and to track it to a safe distance without disturbing this venerable Rhino from his resting place in the scorching desert

Day to explore the dry riverbed - Day 3 (or 4)

By now we have seen a lot of the wildlife, Mountain Zebra, Klip Springer, gecko and many more in this arid desert but we need to find the giants of the desert. The day will be dedicated to the areas where you might find these elusive giants of the desert.

Day to get back to the “Edge of Beyond”

Swakopmund lies at the Edge of Beyond, where the Known merges with the Unknown, where the old and familiar civilizations of Europe and the West end, giving way to the Desert, the Bush, the vast empty plains, and the elemental cultures of Africa. - Prof Richard Logan, University of California, (1968), and “Two Beards and a Saint” the best coffee in Swakopmund
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