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Itinerary

Expedition details, timings and distances

The following itinerary is subject to change, but gives an outline of the expedition:

Day 1: International Travel Day

Depart from London. Overnight flight to Johannesburg followed by a short flight to Windhoek.

Day 2: Internal Travel Day

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Arrive in Namibia at Hosea Kutako International airport, 40km East of Windhoek. There will be mini bus transportation to take you and your luggage to base camp. The drive to Base Camp is a long one, 450km on mostly dirt roads and will give you a taste of the harsh (but beautiful) environment. There will also be a smaller vehicle following that will act as the expedition support vehicle.

250 Kms on from the airport we’ll stop at the town of OMARURU, which will be the only opportunity to pick up any food or kit you may have forgotten! The dirt road stars here and carries on all the way to UIS, the last village before Brandberg. In UIS you will be transferred into a 4 X 4 for the journey to base camp.

Day 3: Base Camp

Brandberg mountainDay 3 is primarily an acclimatisation day. It is an opportunity to go through kit and get a full briefing on the days ahead, as well as get used to the heat and conditions. Rucksacks will have to be packed and repacked as all supplies and water will be carried by team members. Brandberg can be an unforgiving mountain and has no water source, so a day of acclimatisation is essential.

Passports can be left with the support crew as well as any non-essential kit.

We are required by law to use a local guide to ascend Brandberg mountain who will guide the team up the mountain, pathfinding and ensuring appropriate camping areas. They will come to meet the team at Base camp today.

Daytime temps could be as high as 35C, but expect it to be much colder at night.

Days 4 - 6: Brandberg Mountain

konigsteinThe next three days will be spent ascending and descending Brandberg. Whilst it's only 2km in distance, the mountain stands at 2,606m above sea level, so it is a steep climb. The guides and doctor will support the group throughout and will set a pace appropriate to the team.

It is likely you will see some wildlife on the mountain, such as baboons, birds and if you’re very lucky Leopard!

We will attempt to resupply water if necessary using the scant mountain springs. Their availability will be determined by rainy season rainfall. There have been 4 consecutive dry winters in Namibia.

There is a book at the summit (2600M) to sign so remember a pen!!

Days 7 - 9: Desert Trek

shipwreckOnce back in Base Camp there will be little time to rest as we need to resupply and kit out for the desert section.

The team will be taken by 4x4 to the Messum crater, from where they will trek 54km along the dry Messum Riverbed until they reach the Skeleton Coast at Mile 108.

The Messum crater is the Namibian reminder of a gigantic volcanic eruption, thought to be the largest in the history of the earth, from a time before Africa and South America broke apart. The dense fog that envelops the Skeleton Coast has caused thousands of shipwrecks that litter the coastline. It is also an essential source of water for the desert plants.

Expect some warm dry conditions during the day, much cooler during the night and a cold wind as you near the coast.

You are likely to see Oryx, ostrich, large herds of springbok and maybe some predators.

Day 9: Journey to Sossusvlei

After a relatively short trek in the morning of Day 9, you will be met by a minibus and transported to a luxury lodge in Sossusvlei where you will have chance to clean up and relax before the final part of the expedition. 

Day 10: Dune 7

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An early start on this last day of expedition will ensure you can make it up Dune 7, the highest sand dune in the world, before the day gets too hot.

Once you get back to the lodge there is the option of paying a supplement to take a small plane ride over the desert coastline and get a bird's eye understanding of what you have accomplished.

Later that night there will be a celebration dinner at the Lodge.

Day 11: Travel Day

An early start to complete the 500km journey back to Windhoek before you catch your flights back to London.

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