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Sun 08 Oct - Thu 19 Oct 2017

In aid of Grief Encounter

Grief Encounter


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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Sun 08 Oct 2017

International departure from London

Meet the rest of the team and a Charity Challenge representative at the airport for the long-awaited night flight to Windhoek Airport.


Day 2, Mon 09 Oct 2017

Arrive in Namibia and drive north

Arrive in Windhoek and drive to Kamanjab and the amazing ‘Film House’ Base Camp to rest and prepare for your week long trekking challenge. 


Day 3, Tue 10 Oct 2017

Visit the local community

Meet the local Himbas (Himba tribe) and their bush ‘orphanage’. This is for Himba children and women who have been abandoned by their families for various reasons.  At lunchtime you will move into the bush to make your first camp and have a couple of hours acclimatisation walk.


Day 4, Wed 11 Oct 2017

Trek the Ombonde dry river bed (approximately 25km)

You will walk down the Ombonde dry river bed on the lookout for the 3 brothers; bull elephants that make this place their home. After about 6/7 hours we stop for the night at the famous waterfall camp in the Khovarib gorge home to eagles and soaring cliffs whrere you will meet a remote Damara family who live in the gorge and help the kids with their reading and writing.


Day 5, Thu 12 Oct 2017

Trek though the Khovarib gorge (approximately 25km)

You will leave the spectacular Khovarib gorge behind, drive to Sesfontein and resupply with water and enter the Hoanib river system famous for the desert elephant and desert giraffe – you camp about half way down.


Day 6, Fri 13 Oct 2017

Trek to Amspoort - home to the Desert Elephants (approximately 25km)

You will walk the Hoanib dry river bed to Amspoort - the home to desert elephants.  From here you will follow the sand dunes and look at settlements left by ancient bush men.


Day 7, Sat 14 Oct 2017

Trek across sand dunes (approximately 30km)

Walk to the enormous landmark of the 742 mountain over shifting dunes and mountainous country with elephants and giraffe around you.  There will be a chance to climb it at dusk for spectacular views.


Day 8, Sun 15 Oct 2017

Trek towards the Onkongwe water hole (approximately 35km)

Today you will walk to the ancient water hole of Onkongwe where lions, leopards and elephants gravitate to on their route across the wilderness.  You will camp on high ground and stalk out the waterhole with night viewing aids to watch the wildlife coming to water.


Day 9, Mon 16 Oct 2017

Trek to the Hoarisib Gorge (approximately 40km)

Today you walk through the spectacular rock portal to the high ground above your penultimate objective - the Hoarisib Gorge where you will meet Herero cattle herders and possibly play football with the locals before setting up camp.  This high camp is used by rhino on their way to the river for water. 


Day 10, Tue 17 Oct 2017

Trek the Namibian Bush (approximately 10km)

On the last day you will walk down to the gorge (5km) then move out of the area for your final 5km walk – a secret route but highly memorable. You then return to the Film House and base camp for your celebration dinner and to toast your achievements!


Day 11, Wed 18 Oct 2017

Depart Namibia for the UK

You wave goodbye to Namibia, having completed an incredible challenge and forged some strong friendships along the way. Feeling elated, the flight home is a great time to reflect on the achievement and swap details with your amazing Grief Encounter teammates.


Day 12, Thu 19 Oct 2017

Arrive Home

Saying goodbye will not be easy, but the memories you've made together will stay with you forever.


Important information

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the strength of the group, and so on. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.

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