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Expedition mobile Atacama in the Kaokoveld

Unspoilt landscapes where you feel like being on the moon - not to be reached in a common motorhome!

ACTION MOBIL globetrotter motorhomes are built and equipped to master such landscapes. As nature in Namibia is highly sensitive and in many places totally untouched by civilization, we deem it our duty to protect those landscapes and to leave as few traces as possible when travelling through. You should not deviate from existing tracks in order not to leave fresh tyre traces in areas that have been untouched so far.

The special characteristic of Namibian landscapes is that their appearance can change completely within a few kilometres, for example in the Kaokoveld where, after strenuous rocky passages, you will suddenly be rewarded with a view of lush river oases. These places abound with animal life.

Strenuous rocky passages Green river oasis - The Hoarusib river

For us terrain conditions change. Deep sand, muddy passages and sudden encounters with  elephants, giraffes and other wild animals. Quite often, quick and clever reactions are required.

The Kaokoveld - Rugged mountains and river beds Mud terrain - Absolutely no problem for the ACTION MOBIL Desert Elephant in the Kaokoveld

In coastal fog along Sceleton Coast

Inside the roof tent – chilly and damp. In the comfortably furnished ACTION MOBIL ... warm and cosy!

Daniela Reitz -Wirths, apart from being in charge of management is also responsible for the ambience of the lounge cabins, which is not bad at all. Certain pride is justified! Also the senior boss and co-founder of ACTION MOBIL, Steffi Reitz, enjoys the amenities of the cabin in weather like this.

The coastal fog reaches the interior of the countryside Daniela Reitz-Wirth in the interior of the ACTION MOBILS Steffi Reitz enjoys the comfort of the ACTION MOBIL during the bad weather

The “Grizzly”, an impressive rock formation in the Khumib region and up front the delicate blossom of a bushman candle - an endemic plant that grows nowhere else.

Travelling in comfort, a long way from any civilization and in any type of terrain - That´s what means “being ACTION MOBIL(e)”

  The Grizzly  - Rock formation in the Khumib Region Travelling with comfort through every terrain

On the way in PUROS Canyon, the green river oasis in the HOARUSIB

Encounters with desert elephants may happen any time. With a bit of luck also a desert lion may show up.

In the Hoarusib, searching for Deser Elephants and Desert Lion The Desert Elephants of the Kaokoveld The rare Desert Lions

Most time of the year the riverbed is dry, only in the Puros Canyon the water surfaces also in the dry period. As one can see by the level indicator in the picture below, the situation during the rain  season can change all of a sudden and many a vehicle gets swept away by the mass of water.

Level Meter Through the Hoarusib gorge

PUROS Dust, Dirt, Poverty, Alcohol!

However, it is the only place where you can stock up with the most essential food in 100 km around and it can be reached only by 4x4 vehicles. Nevertheless, we believe that the Puros area is one of the most beautiful and most exciting landscapes of Namibia.

The Puros area is home to the HIMBAS. Still today people partly live their traditional way of life, but the expression on the old woman´s face Civilization has brought a lot of negative influence. Here two worlds clash. The people take every opportunity to beg money or some food from the tourists. Since such opportunities open up only for a couple of minutes, the person who tries fastest and most radically, will win. There are hardly any jobs for the people and the money they have managed to get hold of is mostly spent on alcohol.

Atacama in Purros Ovahimba in a shop in Purros Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol

Only the children radiate charm and joy - what will the future hold for them?

Happy kids in Purros The travellers are instantly surrounded by kids

Only a few kilometres outside the village we experience untouched Africa

Above Puros the Houarusib forms a lengthy oasis with gorgeous shadowy trees and open watering places. The Action Mobil has no problem threading its way through deep river sand. We are surrounded by wild animals and during the night it may happen that the camp is visited by nosy elephants.

Giraffe in picturesque landscape All of a sudden an elephant in front of the camera The vegetation is amazing as wel

We were on our way in the Action Mobil ATACAMA 6300 for 3 weeks. The tank volume of 600 l Diesel was sufficient for covering the entire distance outside civilization. 500 l water on board provided drinking water, industrial water and also allowed for refreshing showers in this hot climate.

Food supply was sufficient, made possible by a 150 l freezer and a big ACTION MOBIL fridge. Every day we enjoyed bread rolls freshly baked in the Miele oven-there was room also for them in the freezer - and all the energy needed was supplied by the solar installation on the roof. A perfect and exciting tour in the ACTION MOBIL through the wilderness of Namibia.

Unbelievable vistas of the desert Wild-romatic camp sites

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Excellent article and videos of this trip on YouTube! Can I ask please, which company provided the Dakar support vehicle and did they also provide the travel itinerary?

Thank you in anticipation.


  Robert Orr
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