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The Matriarch Adventure


 October 2nd - 11th 2020

"Ten days, a group of  women in the Namibian wilderness, tracking elusive desert elephants (the most iconic matriarchs there are), having an adventure, dawn yoga under huge flame-red skies, inspiration round a camp fire, sleeping out under a myriad of stars, meeting with Namibian women and hearing their story.... and all else that expedition life has to offer."

Day 1  

Transfer from the airport, arrive in Swakopmund and settle in at Hotel A La Mer with stunning views over the Atlantic ocean.  Meet for an evening meal, and start to get to know each other.  Get a good nights sleep, ready for the adventure ahead!

Day 2

After breakfast, head off to base camp on the Ugab River and meet the EHRA (Elephant Human Relations Aid) team. Go through risk assessments, wildlife safety briefings, and overview of the week.  Take an orientation nature walk through the red granite landscape, identifying animal tracks with our expert tracker.  Enjoy a communal dinner round the camp fire then sleep on the tree platform under the stars.

Day 3

After dawn yoga and breakfast, pack up vehicles and head off on elephant patrol, tracking desert elephants. Lunch and relaxation in the bush, make a wild camp in the evening around a huge camp fire, and share stories as the sun sets.  Embrace the simple life, and sleep under the stars.

Day 4 - 8

Due to the unpredictable nature and unknown location of the desert elephants, and in the spirit of true adventure, our next few days on expedition will combine trekking on foot and vehicle patrol, and will take us through areas of outstanding natural beauty as well as farmsteads and villages where we will have a chance to view elephants, and learn about their interaction with the local community. In addition to collecting valuable data, we will also have the chance to talk to local people, especially women, and learn a little about their lives. Some days will be less elephant focussed but allow us to experience the expansive beauty of this epic landscape as we explore its hidden treasures, and meet other iconic Namibian wildlife along the way.  Every day we will either practice yoga, or meditate, and we will make time to continue our personal transformational journey.  Each night we will make camp in the wilderness, eat around a camp fire and sleep out under the stars.

Day 9

After watching the sunrise, and final bush breakfast, pack up camp and wend our way back to Swakopmund.  Meet for final celebratory dinner at the Tug restaurant, and congratulate yourself  for meeting all your challenges head on!

Day 10

Final day - spend a while exploring the quaint town of Swakopmund.  Head back to Windhoek and begin your journey home...

Price - £1,790


Includes ALL expedition costs, airport transfers and two nights accommodation and sumptuous evening meals in Swakopmund, but does not include flights, personal travel insurance, or luxury beverages. The Matriarch Adventure benefits from ABTOT bonding.


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