Far & Beyond

The Forbidden Coast

The glitter and riches of the diamond rock has forever enticed man to take on nature, to trod forbidden land and to tame environments for his own benefit. But in some cases, nature only lost the first round and returned to claim back its own.

The Diamond Fever Dune Adventure is a special 4×4 experience which will take you through the vast desert sea of the Namib Desert and the highest dunes in the world. You will experience the fever of the diamond seekers along the ragged “sperrgebiet” coastline and stand witness to the stubbornness of nature to part with its riches. The magnificent dunes, other riches hidden in the desert and the remnants of long gone civilisations will take the breath away of even the most experienced adventurer, 4×4 enthusiast and avid photographer.

If you’re tired of climbing sidewalks or putting your vehicle through commercially designed 4×4 routes, come and join us and we will take you on an adventure into an off-road paradise created and formed by nature, millions of years ago. The forever changing dunes of the Namib Desert will take the breath away of even the most experienced 4×4 thrill seekers and guarantees to fulfill the adventurer and 4×4 enthusiast’s wildest dreams.

The four day tour

This four day adventure starts at Walvis Bay. The trail takes us through the dry Kuiseb River bed, past the Rooibank desert water station and into the sand-sea of the Namib. This route through the oldest desert in the world provides for endless diversity of adventure, natural wonders and fascination. Man and vehicle becomes a team in the effort to overcome, endure, enjoy and protect, all at the same time.

After approximately 180km and 6 hours of heavy 4×4 driving, your destination and camp site for the first evening is amongst the remnants of an old Police station called Villa Nortwind, at Conception Bay.

After breakfast on the second day, we travel along the ragged Atlantic coastline and are touched by that uneasy sliver of fear for the unknown when you witness the havoc caused to the freight ship, the “Eduard Bohlen”, by the unforgiving Atlantic Ocean. We also pass Meob Bay where the remains of the once small mining harbour facility is still around. We also pass and get a glimpse of an old whale station. Before we reach our final destination for the day, we also take a look at the “Langewand” dune area where huge dunes meet the sea and where the smallness of man and machine compared to the awesome splendor of mother nature, is apparent. Our camp destination is Fishersbrun, a nature conservation station and also home to the Oranjemund Tag and Release Fishing Club.

Early departure on day three and we travel all along the water lines which fed the small diamond mining towns of Grillenberg, Charlottenvelde and Holtsatia. In the early 1900’s the Germans, at that time occupying what we know today as Namibia, discovered diamonds in these areas and with the primitive and scarce equipment of that time, defied the wrath and anger of the Namib in a quest to obtain this precious and glittering stone. Today the remnants of the mining and living infrastructure of these towns stands in silence and defeat,… and tells a story of hardship, endurance and eventual surrender.

By the end of the third day, characterized by its rich historic flavour, a last effort is necessary to cross a deceptive 10km dune belt in order to reach our camp destination near the stranded ship wreck of The Eduard Bohlan.

Before we depart for the crossing of the dunes back to Walvis Bay on the fourth and last day, we make sure to leave as little proof of our presence at the camp site as possible. We have the choice to take on one of two routes back to Walvis Bay. One we could retract our steps and use the same route as the one we came in, or two we could take a shorter but much more treacherous route via Sandwich Harbour. In any event and if all goes well, estimated time of arrival back in Walvis Bay will be approximately 17:00.

Diamond Fever Desert 4×4 trail
Day 1: From Walvis Bay via Monster dunes to Conception Water. Camp Villa Nortwind.
Day 2: Villa Nortwind – Eduard Bohlen – Meob bay – Langewand – Camp Fishersbrunn.
Day 3: Fishersbrunn – Grillenberg – Charlottenvelde – Holtsatia  – Camp Eduard Bohlen.
Day 4: Eduard Bohlan – Walvis Bay via monster dunes or Sandwich Harbour.

Six day Diamond Fever Desert Adventure

This six day adventure starts at the Kanaan Entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park. The trail takes us around the Awasib Mountains, the last mountain range between the Namib Dunes and the Atlantic Ocean, towards Robbies Height. The crossing over the Haiber Plains should provide breathtaking views with the sharp contrasts between the vastness of the plain, the mountain range and the desert dunes. A short spell over the dunes and we reach two lone rock hillocs surrounded by the dunes, the Guinasib Mountain. We spend our first evening here..

On the second day of our trip we head due west for the Atlantic Ocean and Sylvia Hill. This route through the oldest desert in the world provides for endless diversity of adventure, natural wonders and fascination. Man and vehicle becomes a team in the effort to overcome, endure, enjoy and protect, all at the same time. Before we head for the ocean and not far from our camp, we visit the remnants of “Suzi”, an old Ford Truck with a story of its own and landmark on our route towards the sea. We visit Sylvia Hill and then continue towards Black Rock where we camp, in the dunes, for the night.

Day three will see us negotiate some of the more treacherous dunes of the Namib as well as the tides of the Atlantic. With good tides we should be able to take our first steps on the beach towards Meob Bay,  where the remains of the once small mining harbour facility is still around. We also pass and get a glimpse of an old whale station at Meob Bay. Our final destination for the day is, Fishersbrunn. Fishersbrunn is currently utilised as a nature conservation station and also home to the Oranjemund Tag and Release Fishing Club. Our route towards Fishersbrunn, amongst others, takes us along the “Langewand” dune area where huge dunes meet the sea and where the smallness of man and machine compared to the awesome splendour of mother nature, is apparent. At Fishersbrunn we should be able to replenish our water stock (only for washing).

Early departure on day four and we travel all along the water lines which fed the small diamond mining towns of Grillenberg, Charlottenvelde and Holtsatia. In the early 1900’s the Germans, at that time occupying what we know today as Namibia, discovered diamonds in these areas and with the primitive and scarce equipment of that time, defied the wrath and anger of the Namib in a quest to obtain this precious and glittering stone. Today the remnants of the mining and living infrastructure of these towns stands in silence and defeat,… and tells a story of hardship, endurance and eventual surrender. By the end of this day’s adventure, characterized by its rich historic flavour, a last effort is necessary to cross a deceptive 10km dune belt in order to reach our camp destination near the stranded Edward Bolen freight ship, at Conception Bay.

Day five will ensure that we are touched by that uneasy sliver of fear for the unknown when we witness the havoc caused to the freight ship, the “Eduard Bohlen”, by the unforgiving Atlantic Ocean. We travel further north along the ragged coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, past the Shwanee ship wreck, until the sea, depending on tide conditions, forces us off the beach. We should then enter the dunes again. This night will see us make camp in and amongst some of the largest dunes in the world.

Before we depart for the crossing of the dunes back to Walvis Bay on the sixth and last day, we make sure to leave as little proof of our presence at the camp site as possible. We then negotiate our way along and over these monster dunes, past Sandwich Harbour and the Walvis Bay salt pans, towards Walvis Bay. If all goes well we should be in Walvis Bay by 14:00.

Price include:

  • Two guide vehicles with trained guides.
  • Communication radios for 5 vehicles.
  • Guide vehicle fully equipped with ropes, first aid kits, navigation equipment & satellite telephone.
  • Communal equipment like braai grid, tables, wash – up facilities, showers etc.
  • Basic tool kit (spanners, socket set, Allen keys etc.)

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