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Explore the Beauty of Damaraland and the Majestic Brandberg

Our Guesthouse and its surroundings invite you to explore the beautiful nature of Damaraland and the majestic Brandberg. We offer full-day Brandberg excursions, sundowner and elephant drives, sleep-outs, and for the more active traveler we offer hiking excursions all the way up to Königstein, the summit of Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia.

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Full-Day Brandberg Excursion

After an early breakfast, we set out completely cross-country through dry riverbeds due west towards the Brandberg mountain. We explore parts of the Ugab River in search of the desert-adapted elephants and go for a quick swim in one of the permanent pools on the foot of the mountain; including a picnic lunch, water, and soft drinks.

Sundowner Drive

We depart on a scenic nature drive in a 4×4 safari vehicle to a beautiful sunset spot. Here we relax and enjoy the breathtaking views, some sundowner drinks and snacks are included in the drive.

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Elephant Drive

A 2–3 hours game drive departing from the guesthouse towards the Brandberg Mountain both in the morning and afternoon. We explore the sandy riverbed in search of the elusive desert-adapted elephants. The drive includes drinking water.

Brandberg Hiking

3 NIGHTS BRANDBERG HIKING EXPERIENCE

Our Brandberg hiking experiences are strictly subject to availability and need to be booked prior to arrival (at least 4 weeks in advance).

Not recommendable from November to March due to heat

The package is only available to a group of min. 4 pax and includes the following:

2 nights Uis Elephant Guesthouse (DBB)
1 night Brandberg hiking and sleep out (DBB + lunchpacks)

For the hike:

  • 2 guides
  • all necessary permits
  • backpack and sleeping equipment
  • food and water

Required Fitness Level

The terrain requires proper footwear, some balance, and hard work.
The Brandberg is no easy climb and is taxing on legs and body.

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Brandberg Hiking Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrive at Uis Elephant Guesthouse. In the evening, we will have a briefing in preparation for the big hike the next day. After the introduction, we pack our bags and allocate food and equipment.

Day 02 – After an early breakfast, we drive about 1 hour to the foot of the Brandberg on the western side. After a short briefing, we are off by 09h00 and enjoy a gentle introduction with ever-increasing slopes. Every half an hour or so we stop for a short breather. Depending on our group’s fitness level we should reach our lunch spot by 13h00. Here we rest somewhat longer in the shade before we tackle the last 2 hours to camp. We should be at our overnight spot by about 16h00. We rest and explore the area. Dinner is prepared rather early, and we go to sleep as soon as it gets dark.

Day 03 – We wake up before sunrise to have some coffee and breakfast. As soon as it is light enough to walk, we depart. We should be on the edge of the mountain shortly before we start the actual descend, just as the first light touches the horizon. We spend some time enjoying this majestic spectacle. From here we continue downwards with regular stops. The entire journey today is about 4 hours. Once we are back at our vehicle the first drinks taste exceptionally good. We transfer back to Uis Elephant Guesthouse in time for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at Uis Elephant Guesthouse.

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SleepOut

1 NIGHT CAMPING UNDER THE STARS, 1 NIGHT GUESTHOUSE

Accommodation for our guests is provided in modern dome-style tents. The tents provide comfortable beds consisting of a stretcher, a fully made-up bedroll, and a pillow. When it does decide to get chilly, especially during winter time we supply extra blankets for our guest’s ultimate comfort. We provide ablutions and ensure privacy as well as comfort in the wildest of locations.

The adventure starts as a sundowner drive in the late afternoon. After the sundowner, the clients will be taken to the camp which has been set up prior to their arrival. The guests can enjoy a refreshing drink while sitting around the fireplace. Later in the evening, a warm supper will be prepared on the fire. After dinner, the guests can enjoy sitting around the fire, listening to the sounds of the wild, and gazing at the stars above. As dawn breaks, our day begins with hot filter coffee/tea and rusks around the fire. The guests will then be transferred back to the guesthouse in time for a scrumptious breakfast. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy a splash into the pool in the lush garden or take a drive out to visit the famous “White Lady” rock engravings. Alternatively book an Elephant Drive with the guesthouse (at own account).

Package includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (drinks are at own account)