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Khaudum

Namibia

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The Khaudum National Park exists primarily for conservation and is pretty undeveloped as far as tourism goes

The Khaudum National Park exists primarily for conservation and is pretty undeveloped as far as tourism goes. Crouching on Namibia’s eastern border with Botswana, the park is one of those places that unsuspecting people pitch up in unprepared and end up in a whole world of trouble. The terrain is rugged and the roads are more like your average beach, necessitating constant four-wheel drive, at least two cars and super-scout abilities at preparation and digging. There is no fuel and very little opportunity to re-stock with water. Chances are you’ll not see another car or person whilst here.

So why on earth would you want to travel here? Well, to start with, this is a proper safari with chances of seeing huge herds of elephant, lion, leopard and wild dog amongst others. The best time of year to visit (in fact the only time as far as access is concerned) is between June and October. You’ll be able to sit quietly in the hides and watch what comes down to the water-holes.

The Nyae Nyae Conservancy lies to the south of Khaudum and this whole area is one of the last enclaves of the San Bushmen which has largely resisted western influences. It is here that you come for one of the most unusual and memorable experiences in Africa. The San have mastered the art of survival in the Kalahari and throughout southern Africa’s toughest places. They are physiologically and psychologically attuned to living from the land in the purest sense. They don’t believe in possessions and their nomadic lifestyle means that they don’t put down roots. The Bushmen have a strong spiritual connection to nature and to each other which is constantly reinforced through ceremonies, dances and games. They are delightful, fun, kind and affectionate people and sharing time with them is truly a humbling experience.

 

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A few of our favourite places to stay:

Nhoma Safari Camp

Nhoma is a permanent tented camp about 1.5hrs away from the

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