While the name suggests walking, Ozondjou (meaning elephant in Herero) Trails refers to the routes the desert-adapted elephants follow in search of food and water. Situated in the middle of Damaraland near the ephemeral Ugab River and EHRA (Elephant-Human Relations Aid) base camp you are perfectly located to encounter these elusive animals.
This is a rustic, stripped-back and proudly eco-friendly camp where the focus is on the incredible setting and the experience more than the accommodation itself. You will meet with members of the local community, enjoy a guided tour with a local farmer and visit the local school before a sundowner walk. The next day you’re off on a full day nature drive, joining EHRA volunteers on patrol in search and study of the ellies. Add a picnic midday and return to camp in time for another epic sunset.
The immersive experience at Ozondjou will leave you with an understanding of these extraordinary animals, allow you to see first-hand how human-wildlife conflict is mitigated and learn the challenges faced by the local farmers with free-roaming wildlife inhabiting the same area. It’s a chance to get involved and experience it for yourself.
Day 1: An afternoon visit to a local farm, village and school ending with a short walk and a sundowner.
Day 2: The day is spent on a nature drive in the Ugab River area joining the EHRA team. In an open or closed game drive vehicle (weather dependent). Track the elephants and learn about the work EHRA does. A picnic lunch is served en route.
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