This morning we make an early start driving to the town of Sesfontein situated in the transition region of Damaraland and Kaokoveld in the Hoanib Valley.
Sesfontein is a dusty but photogenic spot, set between mountains in the Hoanib Valley. The local vegetation is dominated by umbrella thorns, the adaptable mopane, and the beautiful, feathery real fan palms. Expect to be offered the 'vegetable ivory' seeds of these palms, carved into various designs, as souvenirs by the local people – which are highly recommended, as often the sellers are the carvers!
In the afternoon there are always a few people about and there's no better way to immerse yourself in local village life than sitting with a cold drink on the steps of one of the shops. The informal Cuca shops are useful for restocking snacks if necessary and there is a petrol station where we refuel our vehicles and fill our jerry cans for the last stage of our journey.
As we leave Sesfontein behind, we enter the Ganamub Riverbed Trail which leads us to the Hoanib River Trail. Elephants and other wildlife use the valley as a migration route and so the afternoon spent driving the Hoanib River provides plenty of gamespotting possibilities.
We reach our bush campsite in the late afternoon in the Mudarib River, our crew has set up camp and our evening meal is cooking on the fire.
The next day, we're up early to maximize our chances of spotting Rhino in the area. Black Rhino have been known to frequent this area and they generally operate during the evening and early morning and after our morning game drive we head back to camp for brunch.
In the late afternoon we drive back down to the Hoanib River and enjoy a sundowner looking back towards the Skeleton Coast one last time before indulging in a sumptuous dinner prepared by our bush chef.