Project Description

Family vacations are the perfect opportunity for family bonding time, they strengthen relationships between family members. They not only build life-long memories, they also break your family away from the mundane, opening your minds to new cultures, foods and experiences. Namibia, known as

the land of endless horizons, vast distances, epic landscapes, spectacular sand dunes and first-class wildlife viewing is the perfect location for a family safari. This 13-day iconic family adventure offers the best of Namibia wildlife, landscape and a wealth of cultural experiences with activities and scenery to be enjoyed by the entire family. From the spectacular wildlife in the Etosha National Park to towering red sand dunes in the Namib Naukluft with adrenaline activities in Swakopmund and

San rock paintings in the Damaraland there is something special for the whole family. This trip is a wonderful way to forget about work, school and the stress of daily city life at home and just have fun and go home with memories of a lifetime.

Summary of your Trip

  • 1 Night – Olive Grove Guest House (Windhoek)| Namibia
  • 3 Nights – Sossusvlei Lodge (Sossusvlei) | Namibia
  • 3 Nights – Swakopmund Luxury Suite (Swakopmund) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights – Twyfelfontein Lodge (Damaraland) | Namibia
  • 1 Night – Etosha Village (Etosha National Park – South) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights – Mushara Bush Camp (Etosha National Park-East) | Namibia
  • 1 Night – Okonjima Plains Camp (Okonjima Nature Reserve) | Namibia
  • 1 Night – Olive Grove Guest House (Windhoek)| Namibia

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Windhoek

Namibia Panorama

On arrival at Hosea Kutako Windhoek International airport, you will be met by our representative assisted with picking up your car rental. During a detailed briefing our representative will answer all questions related to the trip after which drive to Olive Grove Guest House located in a quiet, peaceful suburb and the perfect city centre location for guests’ stopover on their way To or From their Namibian safari. The rest of the day is at leisure and may be spend exploring the city. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. Several buildings from the German colonial era have been preserved and restored to fulfil useful functions in the community today. There are also several museums. The Trans-Namib Railroad Museum might interest children the most seeing as it’s is full of old rail cars and trains. There’s also Zoo Park which is a good place to sit and have some lunch.

Enjoy dinner at one the city many restaurants

Included: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2 Windhoek to Sossusvlei

After a good night rest, today is an early start because Sossusvlei is a 6- hour drive from the city and travelling with the children required many stops to meet their needs. Departing from Windhoek after breakfast in a southerly direction through the mountains of the Khomas Hochland into the low plains of the Namib Desert.  This route will offer plenty of photographic opportunities make sure you have your camera batteries charged.

Enjoy lunch en route. Arrival at Sossusvlei Lodge in the middle of the afternoon.

Relax from a long day drive and enjoy the lodge amenities as well as views of the surrounding dunes

Sossusvlei Lodge situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, with direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon

Enjoy dinner at the lodge

Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3 – 4 Sossusvlei

This morning visit the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest conservation area in Africa.

Rise early and enter the park with your packed breakfast. Witness the beautiful colours’ change as the sun rises over the towering red sand dunes. Sossusvlei itself is a large, white, salt and clay pan located in the midst of this ancient, red wilderness and provides wonderful photographic opportunities. Occasionally the pan fills up with water offering a fantastic spectacle as the glassy lake reflects the surrounding dunes. Conquer Dune 45, considered the highest in the world reaching 300m and look out over a sea of sand.

Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals here which have adapted to survive.

Lunch will be enjoyed at the lodge before setting off again to Sesriem Canyon. The canyon has been shaped over millions of years by the Tsauchab river and is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. It is up to 30 metres deep at points and about 1km long with a width of between 1 and 3 metres. The canyon is a fun and interesting place to visit and walk through it narrow passageway viewing the different rock formations and exposed layers along the way.

Return to the lodge for a delicious dinner and overnight

Today is your last day in the Namib Naukluft and we suggest:

an early rise for a morning hot Air balloon, the best way to experience the heart of the Namib Desert. Watch the sunrise over this stunning landscape from the silence of a hot air balloon. The views of the Namib Desert are exceptional, life-long dream for many people. On landing (wherever the wind has taken you) there is a champagne breakfast.

Set out on a quad bike adventure trail through the Namib dunes – and the children will love it!! gliding across the smooth, silk-like texture of the tawny desert sand, in sharp contrast to the bright, cerulean sky above, and the russet, rugged mountain ranges of the Namib escarpment in the distance

Go horse riding to explore the unrivalled open spaces and spectacular landscapes of the Namib Desert

Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Included: Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast

Day 5 Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

Following 4 days of Desert bliss it is time for a change of scenery as Namibia is a land of contrasts. Today you will move from desert to sea, to picturesque colonial town on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean: Swakopmund. On the way cross the Tropic of Capricorn, through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons and via the Namib Gravel Plains to the coast. When you get there settle into your accommodation at Swakopmund Luxury Suites located in the centre of Swakopmund, walking distance to Palm Beach, and offers air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi for the family to remain connected. There are loads to do in Swakopmund and the nearby town Walvis Bay. But for today enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring this charming colonial seaside town with its aquarium, museum, shops and galleries.

Dinner at one of Swakopmund many restaurants.

Overnight at Swakopmund Luxury Suites

Included: Bed & Breakfast

Day 6 – 7 Swakopmund

This morning after breakfast we suggest that the family takes a 30mn drive to Walvis Bay which makes a great and easy day trip along a beautiful desert coastal highway. Only a thirty-minute drive from Swakopmund, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a completely different city.

On your way there, you may pass flamingos and pelicans feeding on the surrounding wetland

On arrival join a sailing excursion aboard a catamaran to Pelican Point (departure at 08h30) where a large Seal colony and playful Dolphins will entertain you. On board the boat you will be treated to fresh oysters, snacks, sparkling wine & soft drinks. The cruise last between 2 ½ – 3 hours.

The rest of the day is dedicated to further explore the town and its surrounding area and we suggest the followings:

Drop from the Sky on a Skydiving Adventure

Swakopmund has one of the most unique environments on the planet, meaning you’ll surely get an experience free-falling that is unlike any before — and did I mention that skydiving here will be at a fraction of the cost as other places?

 

 

Ride a Camel at the Swakopmund Camel Farm

The Camel Farm is based just 12kms outside Swakopmund and is the perfect place to escape for a unique outing. Rides here are great fun for children of all ages. While you are at the farm, enjoy the company of the other residents such as cows, chickens, geese and donkeys. In addition, the farm has

an indigenous desert garden with a collection of unique Namibian flora

Check Out the National Marine Aquarium

Children and adults alike will love the National Marine Aquarium of Swakopmund, one of the best things to do with kids in Swakopmund Namibia.

Inside its tanks is a taste of all mammals and reptiles apart of Namibian aquatic life. It even has a walk-through tunnel that the kids will love! Imagine their faces when they are literally walking underneath Atlantic Ocean life!

 Spend an Afternoon at the Swakopmund Jetty Soaking Up the Pier

One of the most popular things to do in Swakopmund is to check out the Swakopmund Jetty!

There are two excellent restaurants at each end of the long pier and a view that is to die for. Come back for the big African sunset in the evening, as it is one of the most romantic places to visit in Swakopmund.

Check Out the National Marine Aquarium of Namibia

Children and adults alike will love the National Marine Aquarium of Swakopmund, one of the best things to do with kids in Swakopmund Namibia.

Inside its tanks is a taste of all mammals and reptiles apart of Namibian aquatic life. It even has a walk-through tunnel that the kids will love! Imagine their faces when they are literally walking underneath Atlantic Ocean life!

Dinner at one of Swakopmund many restaurants.

Overnight at Swakopmund Luxury Suites

Included: Bed & Breakfast

Day 8 – 9 Swakopmund to Damaraland

Leaving Swakopmund behind this morning you are heading North to Damaraland, a drive of approximately 6 hours depending on the number of stops en route. On your way there you will

you pass mountains, open plains and dry riverbeds frequented by desert-adapted elephants. If you’re taking the coastal route, you could make a stop at the Cape Cross seal colony and visit the shipwreck of MS Winston at Durissa Bay. The alternative inland route is quicker and gives you views of the impressive Brandberg Mountain. On arrival, settle into your accommodation at Twyfelfontein Lodge located close to Twyfelfontein rock engravings site. Activities at the camp include nature drives in search of the desert-adapted elephants, Twyfelfontein rock engravings excursions and guided walks.

Relax in the wilderness scenery and enjoy the camp amenities.

Enjoy dinner at the lodge.

The following morning after a hearty breakfast at the lodge it is time to visit the celebrated rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.

Twyfelfontein is the site of one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs (engravings) and rock paintings in Africa. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone mountain. Over 2,500 engravings and paintings make up the collection, many of which were created up to 6,000 years ago by hunter-gatherers’ communities in the area. It was approved in 2007 by UNESCO as Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.

Return to the lodge for a scrumptious lunch

In the afternoon depart for a guided nature walk to learn about the unique plants, birds and animals of the area and how they have adapted to life in such a dry climate. Alternatively, you could visit Namibia’s Open-Air Museum which shows you the way of life of the Damara people. Walk around the huts, watch craft making and see traditional medicines.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Included Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10 Damaraland to Etosha National Park (South)

This morning after breakfast you will drive East towards Khorixas on your way to the wildlife haven of Etosha National Park. The drive takes around 5 hours depending on how many stops you make en route. On your way stop at the Petrified Forest. Lots of fossils and large tree trunks that have “turned to stone” through a process of diagenesis. From Khorixas head east to the small town of Outjo where you may decide to stop for refreshments. Then proceed to your accommodation at Etosha Village situated only 2km from Andersson gate, the southern entrance of Etosha National Park.  Etosha Village uniquely combines affordability with comfort, style and exquisite cuisine.

If time allows and you are ready to go, enjoy an afternoon game drive inside the park. Your first stop is Okaukuejo for entrance formalities and there is a shop to stock up on drinks and snacks. The park itself is well laid out so it will be pretty easy to navigate.

Etosha National Park is home to over 100 mammal species, 340 bird species and 110 reptile species. Larger mammals include lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, springbok, zebra and eland. Birds include flamingo, pelican, eagle, goshawk, kori bustard, ostrich and lilac-breasted roller. Animals, particularly during the dry season, are dependent on the many waterholes found in the park, and these serve as great places for game viewing. Vegetation in the park is varied but consists mostly of mopane woodland and grassy plains.

Return to the lodge just before sunset and later seat for delicious dinner followed by overnight.

Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11 – 12 Etosha National Park (East)

After a leisurely breakfast, this morning drive to Etosha East and enjoy 2 full days on safari inside the national Park. Relax at the waterhole and delight in the comings and goings of a variety of game.

Take your time to visit many different waterholes, where animals gather to quench their thirst. Vegetation elsewhere provides habitat for giraffe, zebra and oryx. Make sure to drive down or up dik dik drive waterhole to see not only the Damara dik-dik but herds of elephants as well.

As the evening approaches exit the park via the eastern von Lindequist Gate to Mushara Bush Camp, the perfect location from which to explore Etosha Park wilderness as the camp is situated just 5 mn drive from the gate.

Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13 Etosha National Park (East) to Okonjima Nature Reserve

After 3 days of spectacular game viewing in Etosha national park, this morning head to Okonjima Plains Camp set in Okonjima Nature Reserve (Central Highlands). The camp is located halfway between Windhoek and the Etosha pans. On your way there stop at Lake Otjikoto one of only two permanent natural lakes in Namibia. With its emerald green water and the effervescent light filtering through the vegetation on its rim, Otjikoto Lake exudes a mystical quality that lives up to the legend and folklore that surround it to this day.

On arrival at the camp settle in your accommodation and later have lunch.

In the afternoon, if you are up to it, you may go on a self-guided walking trails within the nature reserve. Wildlife species that can be spotted during game-viewing activities at Okonjima Plains Camp include aardvark, gemsbok, giraffe, impala, kudu, mongoose, porcupine, wildebeest, zebra, leopard and cheetah.

Enjoy dinner and the camp

Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.

Day 14 Okonjima Nature Reserve to Windhoek

Okonjima Nature Reserve is well known because it is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit Organization committed to the conservation and survival Namibia’s Large Carnivores in their natural habitat. Activities in the nature reserve include tracking radio-collared cheetahs and other animals on foot, plus gentle vehicle safari and self-guided walking trails. This is an opportunity for the children and even the parents to get an insight on the AfriCat projects. Accompany by experienced armed guides, track Leopard and cheetah in their natural environment and learn about their behaviour.

Then back on the road again towards Windhoek. Lunch is en route. Arrival is in the late afternoon.

Accommodation is at Olive Guest House.

Dinner is at one of the city many restaurants.

Included: Bed & Breakfast

Day 15 Departure

After a hearty breakfast at the guest house it is time to wave a fond farewell to Namibia as your iconic family safari come to an end. Drive to Hosea Kutako Windhoek International airport to connect with your flight back home.

  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary.
  • Meet and Greet
  • Car hire
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel documents: detailed itinerary, vouchers, maps, contact numbers and useful information
  • 24-hour support
  • International flights
  • Park fees
  • Meals & activities not mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Fuel
  • Items of personal use
  • Staff gratuities

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