Talk with this interesting tribe in their villages, and marvel at the beautiful landscapes
The #Aionin (Topnaar) is a tribe that has been living on the banks of the Kuiseb river from before Europeans arrived in Walvis Bay. We meet them and talk to them, as well as look at their way of life in these modern times. As it is pretty hard living for them, we do bring along a grocery packet as payment for their time.
The scenery of the Kuiseb river is amazing! With the dune sea on the one side, and the gravel plains on the other, this verdant green dry riverbed is beautiful. There are inselbergs dotting the landscape as we travel up the river.
The research station at Gobabeb researches plant and animal life in the hyper-arid desert, and welcome visitors quite warmly. They offer tours of their facility and surroundings.
We depart Walvis Bay early in the morning to take advantage of the cool weather.
Our first stop is the Scheppmannskirche on the banks of the Kuiseb river. Rich in history and situated in stunning landscape, it is a welcome stop.
We drive by Rooibank, the water extraction station of Walvis Bay. Then we drive up to the Namib-Naukluft border, and start to meet the people that stay here.
There is a small school, and at least three different villages that we can visit on our way to Gobabeb. We can stop for photos anywhere, the landscapes simply take your breath away!
We stop at Gobabeb research station for lunch and to do one of their tours, either the facility tour, or the nature walk, both are interesting.
The last place we stop is Vogelvederberg, after a 50km gravel road that is corrugated in some spots. The road from Vogelvederberg is beautiful, and the landscapes that unfold are truly beautiful!
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 8 hours
We tour in a Toyota LandCruiser (FJ80)
It has good air conditioning, and is made to handle the conditions
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Admission Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
No cash is needed for this tour
- Personal Expenses