Hiking and Kayaking in Namibia

Posted: March 19, 2014 by kirisyko in Adventure Travel, Kayaking, SykOtic, Water
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An Adventure Life safari in Namibia.

Atta/Cameron L. Martindell, via offyonder.com An Adventure Life safari in Namibia.

As if tracking black rhinoceroses through the African wilderness might not be exciting enough, a new safari from Adventure Life,the tour company, has ramped up its usual tour through Namibia, adding an overnight hike through a desert, sea kayaking in the Atlantic Ocean, options for cooking classes and mountain biking and a meeting with an ancient tribe to the itinerary.

The extended 14-day trip includes the usual game drives to view larger animals in open-air 4×4 vehicles. Zebras, giraffes, the desert-adapted elephant, lions, hyenas and other indigenous animals may be viewed on drives through the Aba-Huab River Valley or while tracking black rhinos through the Palmwag Concession in northern Damaraland. Excursions also traverse the many watering holes of Etosha National Park, which can draw blue wildebeests, kudus, gemsboks, cheetahs, leopards, warthogs and impalas.

Several treks on foot are also built into the tour, including an overnight hike through the Tok Tokkie sand dune trails of the Namib Desert in the southwest, allowing for encounters with the region’s smaller inhabitants, like a hairy-footed gerbil or a Namib golden mole.

But for adventure travelers, the draw of this trip may be its option to add some sporting challenges to the itinerary, like sand-boarding, mountain biking and maneuvering the desert on all-terrain vehicles.

Sea kayaking is also built into the tour, to give visitors a chance to view marine life and sea birds during a stop in Walvis Bay on Namibia’s west coast.

The tour also stops for a visit at a village of the Himba tribe in the northwest, traditionally a group of nomadic herders with ancient origins who live with few modern conveniences.

There are also frequent opportunities to view ancient rock engravings, paintings and Namibia’s distinctive natural landscapes, as well as the option to take a cooking class with locals.

“This is a new breed of safari for a new breed of traveler who wants the added physical and cultural adventure,” Steve Snyders, a spokesman for Adventure Life, said in an email, adding that the degree of physical difficulty and comfort is, of course, customizable. Though at a cost of $8,795 per person, visitors will likely want to make the most of it.

see more:http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/hiking-and-kayaking-in-namibia/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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