WALKING TRAIL: First option
Unmarked: 20 km
A map is available at the Tourist Office
For those more energetic there is the Omaruru River that also offers interesting walks, though much more strenuous. Rather save this one for a cool day when it is overcast.
The trail proceeds along the beach northwards to the
Omaruru River mouth and up along the river to a berm wall.
Particularly interesting along the river is the terraced
wall, made up of mud sediment and exposed by wind and water
The trail takes one back to Henties Bay through
the desert plains. You will notice that the topsoil
is soft and porous in contrast to the hard crust of
calcrete further inland. This is due to the more
acid coastal fogs that dissolve some of the calcrete
in the soil, which then releases lime. The lime
reacts with the sulphate in the fog to form gypsum.
The growing, brittle gypsum crystals lift the soil
and make it porous. This is a slow process that
takes place over hundreds of years so that any
disturbance, such as vehicle tracks, will take just
as long for nature to repair.
OMARURU RIVER WALKING
TRAIL: Second option
Unmarked: 70 km
There is no water along the route and must be taken
Hikers can carry on along the Omaruru River until they
reach the big fig tree or the Omdel Dam where big
trees provide plenty of space to camp for the night.
On the rare occasions when the dam has water it offers
various recreational possibilities.
the dam has water the area is alive with a vast
number of different bird species and forty-five
species have been positively identified in the area
as the grey heron, cape teal, dabchick, Egyptian
geese, pied avocet, pelicans and flamingos. Other
birds that are spotted are helmeted guinea fowl,
Namaque sandgrouse, blacksmith plover, crowned
plover, and the Herero chat.
|The Omaruru River can be described as a linear
oasis formed by dense woodland, which is supported
by the periodic flood recharge of underground water
along the course of the river.
Trees such as giant fig trees, Ana trees and the
untidy Tamarix, the dense Salvadora
persica or mustard tree, wild tobacco and
succulents such as Lithops, dollar bush and
bushmen’s candle can be seen in the dry riverbed or
on the dry riverbanks.
The paddocks are situated about 6 km downstream of the Omdel Dam wall
and are one of two infiltration basins where water, released from the
dam, infiltrates. Sixteen observation boreholes are situated at this
basin from where water levels and water temperatures are monitored.
The cable way was constructed by Iscor in earlier years to transport
supplies and diesel to the tin mine at Uis when the Omaruru River was in
Hikers can return the same way down the river
(recommended) or along a small track running from the dam wall in a
northerly direction across the desert flatlands towards the C35 (14 km)
and along the C35 to Henties Bay (27 km).
mind that the Namib Desert is an arid environment and
often extremely hot with no trees to provide shade.