13-day Best of Namibia Family Adventure Safari (Private Guided)
So, you’re sick of water parks and theme parks and being squashed on a beach beside other people’s kids. You want a holiday too. A break. Space. Freedom. Peace. A reminder of life before children. But... you also want to show them the world and watch them be amazed and thrilled by, wait for it, nature. Yup. That fantastic, free, wild wonder outside. Ok, so try this, a family road trip to Africa. First ever safari? Namibia is the best country to introduce your little ones too. And this is the private guided one. Good if you know you need it. To prevent going it alone with an upside down map and a headache.
|Price||from US$ 10,336 per family|
|Tour Type||Private Guided|
|Highlights||Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund|
Accommodation; Meals (SQ); Vehicle and all vehicle costs including fuel; Professional guide and all guide costs, Park entry fees; Meet and Greet; Airport Transfers; 24-hour support; Comprehensive tour file with detailed itinerary, map, route descriptions, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information
International flights; Personal travel insurance; Entry visas; Staff gratuities
This is a 13-Day Best of Namibia Family Adventure Safari. It fits in most of the best bits in just under 2 weeks. Lodges are family friendly, animals are not in a zoo and you get a day for adrenaline friendly activities on the the coast.
You’re here. Booked, packed, landed. In Windhoek. The capital. The largest city but it’s not mammoth by world city standards. Neo-baroque cathedral spires, the odd German castle.
On the way: You will be met by your guide on arrival in Windhoek and handed your travel documents. This all sounds a bit dry but those documents are good ones packed with loads of sweet information. Worth a coffee and a read through.
When you're there: If there’s time you can go on a tour of the city with your guide. The rest of the day, just chill. If the kids think that’s a dreadful idea, take them out. The Trans-Namib Railroad Museum is full of old rail cars and trains. There’s also Zoo Park which is a good place to sit and have some lunch - buy it from a biltong shop in the mall to get in to the African mood. Useless fact coming up. 5000 years ago they say this was the site of a Stone Age elephant hunt. Gotta have stories like this up your sleeve when you’re travelling with children. Maerua Mall has lots of shops, a place for kids, a jumping area and bowling. For dinner tonight, head into town to try out one of Windhoek’s restaurants.Standard Accommodation
Have breakfast which is included and then plan the activities on today’s drive. Eye spy? Colouring book? Pop into town for last minute supplies and then you’re off. To the great Namib Desert. Your guide will drive you to Sossusvlei. It’s about 350km away and will take approximately 5 to 6 hours. Look at you guys! Heading south from Windhoek to your lodge for the next 2 nights. Yes.
On the way: The route will take you either via the stunning Spreetshoogte or Remhoogte Pass.
Spreetshoogte is the steepest mountain pass in Namibia. A real life long and winding road. Drops are more than 3000 feet. So don’t drop anything. Views are immense. Mountains, desert, incredible colours and if you’re lucky, wild horses. The Remhoogte pass isn’t as steep, easier to drive but not such a hot vista.
When you're there: Stretching for 1000km along the Atlantic Ocean is the great, vast Namib Desert. Look, there’s a huge dune. And another and another. The Namib’s seen it all. Believed to be the oldest desert in the world it’s been dry and sandy for more than 55 million years. Wake up early for breakfast (Day 3) and then head to the entrance to Sossusvlei, the Sesriem Gate. Animal eye spy? Ok. Look out for antelope, ostrich, zebra, jackal. Good supply of insects and reptiles here too. Think beetles, geckos and snakes. Spend the whole day exploring the highlights: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy, Elim Dune and the Sesriem Canyon. Return to the lodge for lunch or arrange a packed lunch to have in the dunes. Head back late afternoon for a rest. Ready to go again?
Kids old enough to climb? Dune 45 is worth a go and if they manage that maybe you can go for Big Daddy? Definitely head to the clay pan and dead trees of Deadvlei. Climb the dunes or stay at the bottom and play in the sand. The kids not you. You have dinner and bed & breakfast on these days. Optional extras include a hot air balloon safari and/or nature drives.Standard Accommodation
If the kids want some town time you’re on it. Today you’re off to Swakopmund. The adrenaline hub of Namibia. German architecture, ice cream parlours, quad biking and birding. That’s a thumbs up from everyone. Sossusvlei to Swakopmund is approximately 350km and will take 5 to 6 hours in the car.
On the way: Have breakfast, head north. First stop is Solitaire. Park. It’s the only bakery and cafe from now to Walvis Bay. For goodness sake get out and by your babies buns. Iced bun and a croissant for the guide please. Ok. Back in the car. You will now go west crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons and via the Namib Gravel Plains to the coast. You can go via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund but a recommended detour is via Ganab to the Welwitschia Plains and Moon Landscape.
When you're there: The Namibian coastline. This is the Skeleton Coast. It’s barren, ships have wrecked here. A lot. You used to see whale skeletons left on the beach too. Definitely research some dramatic sea stories for the kids. Sailors stumbling to survive but heading straight for the desert. Bad move. You have 2 full days here. And there’s loads to do in both Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. The Sandwich Harbour excursion will showcase the Skeleton Coast in all its glory. Older children (and you) might fancy kayaking on Walvis Lagoon. A jolly pleasant jaunt, especially if you’re alongside the seals and pelicans. You could also try an ocean safari and go on a dolphin trip - look out for whales too. Too slow? Head to the dunes to go quad biking, or sand boarding. Sand boarding is a great way for older children and teenagers to have an active day in the desert, remember it’s tough work climbing up the dunes - not boarding back down them, that’s a delight. Little children can get a taste of surfing fun on the instructor's back. Want some culture now? Try the Living Desert Tour. You’ll have bed & breakfast in Swakomund. For lunch and dinner there are lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from.Standard Accommodation
Too much town? Ok. Back in the car. Time to go back into the wild. To Damaraland. The land of the free roaming desert-adapted elephant. A stunning, remote place. Home to the semi-nomadic Himba people, some of the most remote communities in Africa. Swakopmund to Damaraland is a long drive, approximately 7 to 8 hours, 445km.
On the way: Your driver will head north along the Skeleton Coast, via Henties Bay so you can visit the Cape Cross seal colony. The kids don’t want to miss this joy. Warn them it smells bad. You’ll also stop at the Lichen Fields as well as the ship wreck between the small town of Wlotskasbaken and Henties Bay. Backtrack, backtrack. Back to Henties Bay. Then head inland through the wide open plains to Uis. Finally you’ll travel north to the Twyfelfontein area.
When you're there: You’ll feel back in the middle of nowhere in Damaraland. The Brandberg Mountain is the highest in Namibia and full of ancient rock art. You might want to visit Namibia’s Open Air Museum which shows you the way of life of the Damara people. You can walk around their huts, watch the craft making and see their traditional medicines. The Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings were proclaimed a national monument in the 1950s and feature thousands of rock engravings and paintings. The rock formations of Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain are stunning too. If the kids want wildlife your guide will drive you west to the Huab River to look for the desert adapted elephants. There’s other game too including oryx, springbok and ostrich. You have dinner and bed & breakfast included.Standard Accommodation
Want more animals? Want more eye spy options? Good. Cos it’s Etosha time. It’s got to be said, the scenery in Namibia is quite unlike anywhere else in the world. Etosha‘s a great game-viewing place for families as it’s easy to spot lots. You’re looking at a 4-5 hour drive to get there. Damaraland to Etosha (south) is 325km.
On the way: After breakfast, your guide will drive east towards Khorixas stopping at the Petrified Forest. Lots of fossils and large tree trunks that have "turned to stone" through a process of diagenesis. Read up on that and impress everyone in the car. From Khorixas head east to Outjo and then north to your lodge. It’s close to the southern entrance of Etosha, the Anderson Gate. You’ve arrived.
When you're there: Depending on how often you stop today, you should arrive at your lodge in time for lunch (optional extra). If there’s time and you’re up for it you can go into Etosha for an afternoon game drive. The first stop is Okaukuejo where you pay your entry fee (included). There’s a shop so stock up on drinks and snacks.
Right in the middle of the park is a massive salt pan. Go on then. Stand there. Jump in the air. Your guide will take your photo if you insist.
Etosha is a good place for children to see animals simply because they can SEE. Vegetation is low-growing over flat open plains. There’s only grass for animals to hide in. Hiding in grass is useless if you’re an elephant or a giraffe. Zebra and rhino aren’t skinny enough to disappear behind a blade either. You can get lucky and see lion and leopard too.Standard Accommodation
Want more? Etosha is one of Africa's great game parks. There’s 114 species of mammal and 340 species of birds. You’re now going from Etosha south to Etosha east. It’s a full days game drive through the park
On the way: Your guide will drive slowly east stopping at numerous waterholes along the way.
When you're there: 1 full day is set aside for game viewing but there are options. You can either go for the day or alternate morning and afternoon guided drives. If you do go in the morning you could take packed lunch (optional extra) and eat it overlooking one of the waterholes. You’ll then continue on through the park to the eastern side.Standard Accommodation
Private reserves offer something different to the national parks. For a start they make their own rules. There are also fewer cars so you often get a closer look at the wildlife. Today you’re off to the Erindi Private Game Reserve in Central Namibia. Erindi means ‘the place of water’ in Herero. Etosha (east) to Erindi is 460km and will take approximately 6 hours.
On the way: Once you leave Etosha you’ll head via Tsumeb, Otavi & Otjiwarongo to the reserve. Erindi lies in the triangle between Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and Omaruru.
When you're there: This is a peaceful place. You can sit at the waterhole in front of the lodge and watch animals as they come and go. There are crocodiles and hippos too, which you won’t have seen in Etosha. In fact, there’s 71 000 hectares of mountains, bush and open savannah. Erindi is one the biggest privately owned game reserves in Namibia. You could see rare and endangered species like white and black rhino, lion, cheetah, leopard. There are lots of optional extra activities which you can organise with the lodge.Standard Accommodation
And that’s it. You’re holiday is ending.
On the way: You’re heading back to the start. Erindi to Windhoek is 180km and takes approximately 2 to 3 hours.
When you're there: Your guide will drop you at the airport in time for your departure flight. Keep in mind that you need to be at the airport 2 hours before your flight and the airport is a 45 minute to 1 hour drive from town.
|2 adults + 1 child||Standard||Low Season||US$ 10,336|
|2 adults + 1 child||Standard||High Season||US$ 11,184|
|2 adults + 2 children||Standard||Low Season||US$ 11,623|
|2 adults + 2 children||Standard||High Season||US$ 12,640|
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