Etendeka Walking Trail

Embark on a soul-satisfying journey through the remote wilderness of the Etendeka Conservancy. Explore pristine desert landscapes, spot desert-adapted wildlife, and immerse yourself in the heart of the Kaokoveld on this unforgettable 3- or 4-day guided hiking adventure.


  • Explore the dramatic endless landscapes of raw Kaokoveld on foot
  • Experienced guides share their knowledge and passion
  • Sleep out under the stars in a bed roll with the luxury of cotton bedding
  • Delicious dinners cooked on an open fire
  • Get in touch with nature – this is a real wilderness experience
  • Hike in small groups of minimum 2 people and maximum 10

Day 1: Palmwag Lodge to River Camp (1 night)

Arrive at Palmwag Lodge and prepare for your hike. With your hiking boots on and day pack ready, meet your guide and embark on a 2 to 3-hour walk into the Etendeka Concession. The landscape offers endless vistas, rocky plains, and stunning sunsets. Explore the unique flora and fauna while capturing panoramic shots and observing incredible birdlife. At the camp, freshen up and dine beneath the stars before falling asleep to the sounds of the wilderness. Accommodation: River Camp


Day 2: River Camp to Hill Camp (1 night)

Wake up to a magical sunrise and savor a cup of coffee with an endless view. Enjoy a full cooked breakfast before setting off with packed snacks and refilled water bottles. Track animal spoor and let your guide unveil the area’s secrets. After a stop for refreshments, aim to reach Hill Camp by early afternoon, covering a distance of 15km – 20km (approximately 6 to 7 hours of walking). The camp is perched on Crystal Mountain, offering surreal views and unforgettable sunsets. Explore the plateau and appreciate the vastness before dinner around the fire and another night under the starry sky. Accommodation: Hill Camp


Day 3: Hill Camp (1 night)

Begin another day with a breathtaking sunrise and warm beverage. You’ll embark on a 5 to 6-hour walk around Crystal Mountain and into the river valley below. Return to camp for lunch and leisure time. Explore the surroundings with your guide, uncovering hidden wonders. Dinner by the fire and another night sleeping under the stars, with the mesmerizing sky as your backdrop. Accommodation: Hill Camp


Day 4: Departure / End of Tour (1 night)

Wake up to embrace a new day, enjoying the early morning serenity. A short walk will take you to Etendeka Mountain Camp, where your guided hiking trail concludes. You’ll be transferred to Palmwag Lodge, where you can collect your vehicle or opt to extend your stay at the Etendeka Mountain Camp to soak in the beauty of this extraordinary place.


  • Breakfast, packed snacks, light lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea/coffee
  • Use of a day pack, water bottle, and walking stick
  • Guided “back-to-basics” hiking experience
  • Outdoor sleeping on raised platforms with canvas bed rolls, 100% cotton linen, and down duvets
  • Luggage transport between camps
  • Scenic drive/road transfer to the pick-up point


  • All drinks
  • Additional extras
  • Staff gratuities