Eduard Bohlen Memorial Tour
- Visit to the 110-year-old Eduard Bohlen shipwreck
- Visit to the Shawnee shipwreck
- Driving some of the most extraordinary dunes in the world
- Breath-taking Namib desert landscapes
- Camping under the star-studded African night-sky
This once-in-a-lifetime trip with Live the Journey promises to be a truly unique experience.
The Eduard Bohlen Memorial tour is focused on the 110-year commemoration of the stranding of this icon of the Namib Desert. The ship stranded about 10 km south of Conception Bay on the 5th of September 1909. It was a misty morning, Captain Parow was on the bridge looking for Conception Bay while slowly moving towards the coast. The lead line showed that there was still about 50 m of depth and the Eduard Bohlen slowly floated towards the coastline. The anchor was dropped at the back of the ship, but the anchor chain snapped which caused the ship to be pushed with force onto a sandbank. The ship was stranded about 500 m from the coastline on a sandbank. Forceful waves picked the Eduard Bohlen up before slamming it back onto the sandbank. The captain asked the 30 passengers whether they wanted to stay onboard or try to get to shore. Over the course of three days passengers made their way to shore about 10 km south to Conception Bay.
Today the wreck lies about 300 m inland from the coastline … a ghost structure that is decaying rapidly each year. In a few years only the story of the Eduard Bohlen will be told, as no remains will be visible.
Don’t miss the exceptional guided 4x4 journey from 03 to 08 September 2019 to the Eduard Bohlen to visit the remains of this most photographed wreck, before the elements destroy what is left, turning it into a phantom.
DAY 1: 03 SEPTEMBER 19 - WALVIS BAY TO LAUBERVILLE
Group members will get together around midday in Walvis Bay. Ensure that you are stocked up on supplies and your fuel tanks are filled up. Drive at a leisurely pace in convoy arriving at Lauberville, where tents will already be set up for you. This evening there will be a guide briefing, group members will get to know each other and you can relax around the fire while the guides prepare a delicious dinner for you.
O/N Pre-set tented camp, Lauberville, dinner included
DAY 2: 04 SEPTEMBER 19 - LAUBERVILLE TO SHAWNEE
After breakfast you will depart and travel to the shipwreck, The Shawnee which is stranded between some small dunes and the ocean. During high tide you will find the wreck partially surrounded by water. It is a beautiful sight with the dune in the background offering wonderful photo opportunities.
The Shawnee sank on the 16th of February 1976 and it is rumoured to have been run aground deliberately as part of an insurance fraud scheme.
O/N Camping near the Shawnee, breakfast and dinner included
DAY 3: 05 SEPTEMBER 19 - SHAWNEE TO EDUARD BOHLEN
The name Namib means vast place and this is definitely something you will experience. While navigating the dunes, you might spot some gemsbok or jackal along the way. Today we will be visiting the Eduard Bohlen – 110 years after it was stranded, to the day.
The Eduard Bohlen currently lies about 300 m from the shoreline. This wreck is said to symbolize the loneliness of Namibia’s coast best and its remains lie rusting in the sand, partially buried. Tonight, you will enjoy a special dinner in honour of the commemoration of the stranding of Eduard Bohlen.
O/N Camping near the Eduard Bohlen, breakfast and dinner included
DAY 4: 06 SEPTEMBER 19 - EDUARD BOHLEN TO OLIFANTSBAD
Early morning, depart from the Eduard Bohlen and travel on a roller-coaster of dunes to Olifantsbad. The most important climatic feature of the Namib Desert is its sparse and highly unpredictable annual rainfall. The annual mean ranges from 5 mm in the west to about 85 mm along its eastern limits. Today you will enjoy the thrill of driving some of the most extraordinary dunes in the world while being surrounded by breath-taking landscapes.
O/N Camping at Olifantsbad, breakfast and dinner included
DAY 5: 07 SEPTEMBER 19 - OLIFANTSBAD TO LAUBERVILLE
After breakfast, depart from Olifantsbad and drive along the coast as well as over rolling dunes to Lauberville.
O/N Pre-set camp at Lauberville, breakfast and dinner included
DAY 6: 08 SEPTEMBER 19 - LAUBERVILLE TO WALVIS BAY
After breakfast, the tour ends and everybody depart in their own time home.
END OF SERVICES
03 September 2019 - 08 September 2019
COST PER PERSON:
Child aged 6-17 years: R3,900.00
Child aged 0-5 years: R1,550.00
Single supplement: R1,750.00
Booking fee per adult: R150.00
NOTE: This tour operates on a minimum of 20 adult guests travelling.
Prices for concession fees, taxes, park fees and fuel may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be for the traveller’s account.
- Meals as per itinerary
- Special dinner on the evening of the 5th of September
- Experienced guide with own vehicle
- Two-way radios for vehicles
- Camping fees and concession fees
- Communal camp shower and toilet
- Camping gear
- Travel insurance and vehicle insurance
- Drinks and items of a personal nature
A detailed packing list will be provided.
We can assist with 4x4 vehicle rental.
Travel insurance and medical evacuation - Clients need to take out their own travel insurance and emergency evacuation cover in case of a motor vehicle accident, heart attack or any other medical emergency. Please contact us for more information.