Ozondjou Trails Elephant Conservation

from £426 2 nights | Jan - Oct Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Jan - Oct

Overview

New from 2016 is this unique opportunity to experience a taste of the life of an elephant conservationist, as you track Namibia’s desert adapted elephants with the Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) team.

Highlights

  • Join the experienced EHRA team tracking desert adapted elephants
  • Guided tour with local farmers to gain an insight into farming in the area
  • Discover one of the most scenic regions of Namibia
  • Visit a local village school

Ozondjou is the Herero word for elephants and this iconic animal is the focus of this new camp which is located close to the base camp of the Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA). Your stay here will not only benefit EHRA financially, but a portion of the turnover goes to local farmers who are essential partners in the conservation of these desert giants.

This camp is situated in southern Damaraland, near the imposing Brandberg Mountain and boasts breathtaking landscapes.

You will spend time with local farmers learning about the challenges they face and join the EHRA team for their daily patrol, searching for desert adapted elephants and studying their behaviour. Along the way, you may also encounter plains game such as zebra, kudu, ostrich and giraffe. In the evening, delicious meals are prepared outdoors over the open fire or gas braai (barbecue).

This short tour can easily be added onto a longer exploration of Namibia; either by self-drive or by flightContact us to discuss.

Seeing desert elephants was one of my favourite experiences in Namibia. They can be pretty elusive so the search for them was very exciting.  I was thrilled that we found a herd including several cute baby elephants!  We were able to get pretty close to them and they were completely unbothered by our presence.

Linda Harris, Southern Africa Product Manager

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: guided tour with a local farmer, visit village school
Arrive at the camp early afternoon. There is time to acclimatise before embarking on a guided tour with a local farmer, who will give you an insight into farming in the area and the challenges they face farming with free-roaming wildlife nearby. You will then visit a village school (weekdays only) before a short walk to enjoy a relaxing sundowner with views of dramatic scenery. Finally, you head back to the camp for dinner and drinks around the fire.
Day 2: join the EHRA team tracking desert adapted elephants
After breakfast, join the experienced EHRA team on their daily patrol, searching for desert adapted elephants and studying their behaviour. The drive will follow elephant tracks, usually in the dry river bed. Namibia is one of only two countries in the world where you can find desert adapted elephants (the other is Mali). They are not categorised as a separate species but they are special because they have evolved to thrive in the dry, semi-desert environment by having a smaller body mass with proportionally longer legs and seemingly larger feet than other elephants. Their physical attributes allow them to cross miles of harsh desert environments to reach food and water. This is also a good opportunity to encounter normal plains game like zebra, kudu, oryx, springbok, ostrich and giraffe in one of Namibia’s most dramatic landscapes. After a picnic lunch, return to camp late afternoon and enjoy dinner cooked on the open fire or gas braai (barbecue), whilst regaling memorable experiences from the day.
Day 3: depart Ozondjou
Today the tour ends after breakfast. It is possible to stay an extra night and experience some of Damraland’s cultural and geological attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein, the Burnt Mountain, Petrified Forest and Organ Pipes. Contact us for more information.

Prices & Dates

Departures 10 January - 31 October, daily on request

Price £426 per person till end Oct 17, £469 Nov 17 - Oct 18
Additional nights can be booked at the camp, please contact us for more information.

Price Includes
2 nights accommodation in two-man tents with camp beds • All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 3 • Soft drinks and selected alcohol drinks for the duration of your stay • Private driver/guide services throughout • Game drives, activities, entrance and park fees • All applicable taxes and levies

Price Excludes
Flights • Travel insurance • Gratuities & items of a personal nature • Additional meals • Optional excursions • Alcoholic beverages and additional drinks not specified above

 

Other Information

Your guide

You will be hosted and accompanied by a local guide with an intimate knowledge of the fauna, flora and cultures of the region. You will also be joined by an experienced EHRA elephant tracker. All the guides have been raised in Namibia and are passionate about the country.

Please note:

  • No children under 16 are permitted to stay here due to free roaming elephants in the area.
  • This camp is only accessible by 4x4. However, secure parking and transfers into the camp can be arranged on request.
  • No cash facilities are available at the camp.
  • There is no mobile reception or Wi-Fi at the camp.
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