The Mother & Daughter Adventure
2020 dates TBC
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!
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.
Today, we will search for elephants, packing up the trucks and heading off on their trail. Bring your binoculars and spend the day exploring the wilderness. Elephants are surprisingly well camouflaged for animals so large, but we have Hendrick our expert tracker to help us find them. When we do, we will observe them, record their location and note if there are any issues with the herd. This data is vital for the ongoing conservation of these unique desert elephants. At the end of the day we will make a wild camp around a huge camp fire, and share stories as the sun sets. Embrace the simple life, and sleep under the stars.
Day 4 - 8
For the rest of our time, we will intersperse elephant tracking with nature and geology walks, exploring the Namibian environment and learning about its history and culture. We will visit the local village, and spend a day in the school, taking part in lessons and really seeing what it is like to live in an environment such as this, where elephants can just wander into your playground unannounced! We’ll also meet other members of the community and learn a little about their lives.
We will wild-camp in different locations along the river, taking it in turns to cook delicious meals for us all to enjoy. At night we will share songs and stories around the campfire, and hear about the important conservation and community work that EHRA does. We will search for shooting stars in the nights sky, discover new constellations and fall asleep to the sound of the bush. There will be time to do yoga, to reflect on the beauty of not only the environment, but of ourselves as women and girls, mothers and daughters, and to strengthen the connections we have with each other with the help of our 'Rites for Girls' facilitator.
After watching the sunrise, and having our last bush breakfast, we pack up camp and wend our way back to Swakopmund. Meet for final celebratory dinner at the Tug restaurant, and congratulate yourself and each other for achieving and experiencing so much!
Final day - spend a while exploring the quaint town of Swakopmund, then bade farewell to this wonderful country and to newfound friends, and start our journey homewards.
Mothers £1,350 Daughters £1,250
Includes ALL expedition costs, airport transfers and two nights accommodation breakfast and evening meals in Swakopmund but does not include flights, personal insurance or alcoholic beverages. The Mother & Daughter Adventure benefits from ABTOT bonding.
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