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The Namib100 Hike

  • Carry only your daypack as you hike the enchanting Namib desert
  • Enjoy desert hospitality from our excellent support team
  • Fire-side dining under a canopy of stars each night
  • Walk the Langewand, where gigantic dunes meet the ocean
  • View abundant birdlife in the Sandwich Harbour lagoon
  • Stand in awe of the Eduard Bohlen and Shawnee shipwrecks

Overview

Hiking into the forbidden land!

The Namib100 is not your average run-of-the-mill hike, but rather in a bucket-list league of its own with the likes of Kilimanjaro, the Grand Canyon and the Camino de Santiago.

This fully catered, fully supported five-day slackpacking hike in the Namib, the oldest desert on earth, will overwhelm you with a sense of total freedom and inspiration. It’s an area that answers to names like the Forbidden Land, Sperrgebiet and Skeleton Coast, where numerous shipwrecks stand witness to the power of nature over man.

This is a Live the Journey ‘Exclusive’ hike, which means that as a concession holder, we have exclusive rights to host a limited number of hikes in the Namib Desert concession. The 100 km five-day hike originates a few kilometres outside of Walvis Bay and ends at the wreck of the famous Eduard Bohlen, which was stranded in 1909.

Distance: 100 km.
Duration: 5 Days (not including pre-/ post days)
Group size: Groups are limited to only 24 hikers.
Rating: Level 6 and 7 – although it is not a difficult hike, endurance and stamina is required.

Please also visit namib100hike.com for more information.

Itinerary

DAY 0: ARRIVAL WALVIS BAY

It is recommended that you arrive in Walvis Bay at least one day prior to the departure of the hike. A communal dinner and briefing session will take place at Lagoon Chalets on day 0 at 19:00. (Dinner for your own account.)

DAY 1: DISTANCE 20.57 KM, ELEVATION 411 M

The support vehicles will meet the group at Lagoon Chalets. The transfer from Lagoon Chalets to the starting point (50 kms) will be in special converted 4x4 vehicles. Today you will experience Sandwich Harbour’s huge and abundant bird and sea life. Sandwich Harbour was classified as a Ramsar wetland of international importance in 1995.

DAY 2: DISTANCE 25.25 KM, ELEVATION 72 M

Today you will pass huge seal colonies on your way to the Langewand where the dunes drop directly into the ocean. It is only possible to walk the Langewand at low tide as you will be trapped between the perpendicular dunes and mighty Atlantic during high tide.

DAY 3: DISTANCE 23.66 KM, ELEVATION 258 M

Today you will encounter the wreck of the Shawnee that stranded in 1976. The skeleton of this wreck will remind you that this coastline is the book of remembrance. You will also turn inland to walk the dunes. Standing on top of a dune will give you a different perspective, emphasizing how insignificant we are in the bigger picture.

DAY 4: DISTANCE 19.57 KM, ELEVATION 95 M

Today you will see a completely different face of the Namib. You move down from the dunes to a grit plain that will surprise you with its micro life - from the dancing white lady spider to the smallest of succulents. Your camp will be near one of the old mining settlements where wind-washed buildings are engulfed by Namib sand.

DAY 5: DISTANCE 11 KM, ELEVATION 113 M

Today you will turn towards the sea, crossing pink saltpans and ancient ocean floors littered with shells, occasionally catching sight of the wreck of the Eduard Bohlen in the distance, beckoning you to come closer. The Bohlen stranded on 5 September 1909, and it is also at the Bohlen where the hike ends. Enjoy this accomplishment as you end the hike with a glass of bubbly in your hand. After that we will start the drive back to Walvis Bay where our services conclude upon arrival.

Board the 4x4 vehicles. This journey back to Walvis Bay will cement the hike in your mind as the drive will be along the route you have hiked the last few of days. The arrival time in Walvis Bay will be approximately around 18:00. Accommodation for this night will be for your own account. We can however assist with bookings. Our team will drop you off at your preferred overnight stop.

DAY 6: ARRIVAL WALVIS BAY

Transfers to the Walvis Bay Airport will be provided on this day.

Dates

2021 Dates:
07 – 12 September 2021
19 – 24 October 2021 (Fully Booked)
05 – 10 November 2021 
05 - 10 December 2021 

2022 Dates:
24 – 28 January 2022
03 – 07 March 2022 (Fully Booked)
03 – 07 May 2022
01 – 05 June 2022
13 – 17 September 2022
12 – 16 October 2022
11 – 15 November 2022

Rates

Tour prices valid from 01 January 2020 until 31 December 2021:

SADC Residents: R18 900 per person
excl. per person park fees of R 90 (Namibian), R 390 (South African) or R 690 (International)

Tour prices valid from 01 January 2022 until 31 December 2022:

SADC Residents: R20,500.00 per person.
International Passport Holders: R24,500.00 per person

Included

  • Return airport / hotel transfers as specified – dependent on your flight times.
  • Current concession fees, park fees, camping fees, levies.*
  • Three meals per day during the hike.
  • Camping chair.
  • Shower and chemical toilet set up each evening.
  • Wood.
  • Water for drinking and showering.
  • Transport from Walvis Bay to the starting point of the hike and return from from the Eduard Bohlen to Walvis Bay, all in convoy-style with 4x4’s.
  • Support team and 4x4 vehicle convoy.
  • Your luggage and camping equipment will be transported during the trip. Please make sure to pack light and use ‘soft’ baggage. You will only have to walk with your backpack.

*Concession fees are paid to the Topnaars. The Topnaar community, proud custodians of the Namib Desert, received concession rights from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. The concession rights allows the Topnaar community to control, protect and conserve the desert, the !Nara plants, Topnaar graves, historical homesteads as well as the fauna and flora of this area. In Live the Journey, the Topnaars found a worthy partner, a company that honours and understands the heart of the Namib Desert and all it holds.

The costs for park fees, local levies, concession fees and VAT can be increased without prior notice.  This is beyond our control.  Increases will be added to the published tour prices, and will be for the traveller’s account.

 

Excluded

  • All pre- and post- travel arrangements (travel by road, flights, accommodation).
  • Communal dinner and drinks at info session on day 0.
  • Camping gear and bedding (can be hired at extra cost).
  • Passport.
  • Visa fee, if applicable.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Medical visit for doctor's clearance.