10 Days Wild & Crazy Family Adventure

10 DAYS
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Tour Description

The most beautiful dunes in the world, vast stretches of mountainous vistas, Himba tribesmen and countless wild animals are all part of this package.

The safari is on request with a minimum number of 2 adults and 1 child. There is no single supplement and the itinerary has been especially designed to appeal to families with children. The driving distances, (where possible), have been kept to a minimum and the places visited have all been chosen with a mind for activities that will appeal to adults and children alike.

The minimum age on this itinerary is 5 years, the price is virtually fully inclusive of everything required whilst on the road with us and the style of safari is semi-accommodated / assisted camping. There are two accommodated nights included in the itinerary in Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Windhoek, Namibia
DEPARTURE TIME 08:00 & 08:30
INCLUDED
Ground Transport Camping or Accommodation fees
Meals (B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner) National park entry fees
NOT INCLUDED
Alcoholic beverages
Sleeping bags

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Day 1

Windhoek – Agama/Namib Desert Camp, outside of the Namib Naukluft Park (350km) (camping) (LD)

You will be collected between 08:00 & 08:30 am and taken to the office to meet with the rest of the group. Once everyone is together, we can leave Windhoek and head out towards the desert. Our drive today will take us through the Khomas Hochland range of mountains and then further south west towards the Naukluft Mountains.

Lunch will be on route and then we reach open plains and from here it is only a short distance to our next stop, the tiny town of Solitaire. We will stop here for some fuel and refreshments before continuing on a short distance to our camp for the night. We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and so there should be time for a dip in the pool and to see the sun set over the Naukluft Mountains. (Please note that we do not camp inside the Park area but about 48 kms away.)

Dinner is cooked over an open fire.

Overnight: Agama River Camp
At Agama River Lodge & Camp, Jonathan and Monique Leach have developed a wonderful oasis. Together they started with a simple group of campsites which include well decorated and spotlessly clean ablution blocks partly open to the skies! The camp sites are scattered along the lower 'dieprevier' river course, each campsite is built under large acacia trees and surrounded partially by a wooden pole barrier acting as a wind shield and offering some privacy, they are terraced and levelled with clean river sand.

Each site contains; a free standing tap, wash up facility, a braai area with grid, a twelve-volt energy saving light (that can be attached to your car battery) and is easy walking distance to your shared ablution facility.

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Day 2

Agama/Namib Desert Camp – Sossusvlei - Namib Desert Camp, (250 km) (camping) (FB)

A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem at sunrise, we drive into the dry river bed and will soon start to see the dunes on either side of us. We stop for photos along the way as this is where you see the strong contrast of colours as the sun hits the sides of the dunes.

We stop for breakfast and prepare for our walk. The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert.

Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect.

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

Later in the afternoon we return to our campsite and look forward to swim in the pool and supper.

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Day 3

Agama/Namib Desert Camp – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (300 km) (en-suite accommodation) (BL)

An early start today, we are heading north-west to the seaside town of Swakopmund located on the Skeleton Coast. Leaving the dune fields far behind us we are soon back into the mountain desert.

We return to Solitaire, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn and traverse both the Gaub and the Kuiseb pass, driving down to the dry river bed at the bottom of the canyon before climbing up the other side, watching the spectacular desert landscape unfold before us.

From the mountains we cross the desolate “Namib gravel plains” before reaching the coastal sand dunes at the port town of Walvis Bay. We will stop for a picnic lunch beside the ocean and there will be time to see the flamingos and other bird life in the Walvis Bay lagoon before continuing the now short drive into Swakopmund.

The Swakopmund section of the trip is designed to allow people to relax either with the group, or on their own. Only breakfast is provided, this is to allow you to plan your time here with as much flexibility as possible and not to be tied to group meal times. It also gives you the chance to sample some of the excellent local cafes and restaurants. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb. Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required.

Lunch and dinner today are not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account

Overnight: Prost Hotel Swakopmund
Prost Hotel is situated in the heart of Swakopmund, giving access to the town’s various and excellent restaurants. Our accommodation consist of 28 en-suite rooms, ranging from luxury, family to standard rooms. All rooms are equipped with 43” flat screen TV, own DSTV decoder, electronic laptop safe, tea/coffee station, telephone and hair dryer.

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Day 4

Swakopmund (B) (en-suite accommodation)

Today you will be doing the Dolphin Cruise at Walvis Bay, your guide will take you to the meeting point where you will meet your skipper. Once aboard, the journey starts from the Walvis Bay Waterfront and continues into the beautiful Bay Area, which holds more beauty than the eye can at first capture – A Shipwreck, Lighthouse, Oyster Platforms, different Bird species, Seals and more Marine Life.

In the Bay Area, our catamarans pass the Oyster Platforms. Along this route, your guide will share more information with you about the Walvis Bay cultivated Oysters. Included in the tour is the tasting of these delicacies.

The catamarans will then proceed to the ever-growing Pelican Point to have a closer look at Walvis Bay’s Lighthouse. The old supply railway spoors can still be seen from the years when the Lighthouse was still occupied by the Coast Guards. Pelican Point also has its own little Jetty, but this facility is only used for our Corporate and Closed Charters.

Moving around the Point, 3 different types of Dolphins may be encountered, namely: the Heavyside Dolphins – which are the most important, as they are endemic to the coast of Namibia, Dusky Dolphins and Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. In Season, the larger mammals like the Southern Right Whale and the Humpback Whales may be spotted and with a bit of extra special luck, the mighty Killer Whales (Orcas).

Sightings of the Mola Mola (Sunfish) and the Leatherback Turtles also keep our guest on the look-out! All this can be seen while comfortably relaxing in the Saloon, trampolines or on deck, whilst enjoying a glass of Sparkling Wine and snacks. In the afternoon it’s your free time to do more Adventures Activities as below or just relax on the Beach.

The idea is to allow time for everybody to do their own thing. Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.

Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.

Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival.(N.B. All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the clients’ own risk and expense). Dinner this evening is not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account.

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Day 5

Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein (350 km) (FB) (camping)

Leaving early and heading north along the coast, we will first visit the seal colony at Cape Cross where it is possible to see thousands of Cape Fur Seals in the water and on the surrounding rocks and beaches.

From here we will turn east, inland and back into the desert, travelling on to the small town of Uis, an old mining town, located more or less in the middle of no-where. Uis is one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices.

From Uis we pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m) and continue into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland. From Uis we continue driving towards the most beautiful landscapes the Damaraland we continue driving via the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, is 2573 m high. Brandberg Mountain is an ancient Bushman spiritual site. We continue driving to the Twyfelfontein area where we can stop over at the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes.

We overnight under the stars!

Overnight: Madisa Campsite
Madisa Camp is hidden between amazing rock formations which are scattered with Bushman Paintings and has privy to an ancient Desert Elephant route that often gets visited by these beautiful giants.Ideal for the traveller who wishes to camp comfortably without compromising the experience of exclusivity in this vast and magnificent area of Damaraland Namibia. Madisa is a good base camp to explore from as there are very interesting sites in the area such as Twyfelfontein, Brandberg, the Petrified Forest and much more these are all an easy drive and after a day of exploring what better to finish with a swim and enjoy your campsite under a blanket of stars.Each spacious campsite has an exquisite view of the Gauntegab River bed and rock formations.

The campsites have individual ablution facilities situated on stilts hidden in the tree tops. The braai facilities also double up as a heater (donkey system) for hot running water at each open air shower. The camp sites are shaded by large Mopane trees and have a low rock wall around each site.The swimming pool and bar area are very welcoming after a long day and give you a chance to rejuvenate and enjoy your surroundings. It’s also nice to meet fellow travellers and share tails around a communal camp fire at night while the sky puts on a breath taking show of stars. .

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Day 6

Twyfelfontein – Etosha, Okaukuejo. (350 km) (FB) (Camping)

Starting early to enjoy the cool of the morning to take a detour to the west to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. At this location we will have a local guide to conduct us on a short guided tour.

Leaving the engravings we travel via Khorixas to Kamanjab journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab where we will make a short stop here before continuing on to find the Himba Tribesmen. This is the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm. We will have a specialist guide for the time we are there, who will be able to translate for us and will introduce us to this “alternative lifestyle”. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the local religion, “Holy Fire”.

From here we drive to Outjo for a short stop for fresh supplies and where we can also get coffee and sticky cakes at the local bakery, before continuing on to Etosha’s premier resort, Okaukuejo.

Etosha forms the main game viewing section of our safari and the Okaukuejo area offers us some of the best waterholes in the park and the best chance to see some Big Game.

Game driving is not the only way to see the African wildlife at Okaukuejo. Located right on the boundary of the camp and within easy walking distance there is a floodlit waterhole for “after hours” game watching. Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, it has been described as one of the "best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa" and black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are often seen.

Overnight: Okaukeujo Campsite
The Campsite is ideal for nature lovers and offers communal ablution facilities. You will find the following facilities at Okaukuejo Rest Camp:Restaurant ,Bar ,Curio shop, Shop ,Petrol station, Pool, Famous floodlit waterhole .

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Day 7

Full day game viewing in Etosha National Park

Etosha West
The area andvegetation is very different to the south-eastern and eastern part of the park and the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra can be found here.In this area and with a more undulating landscape, it makes for a very different wildlife experience. White dust and clay which makes up the Etosha Pan turns to a reddish brown soil during this time which may lead you to believe you have entered an entirely new park when you visit.

Etosha Pan
Aeons ago, Etosha Pan was the bed of a vast lake; today what remains is a glittering, silvery-green salt pan that stretches across roughly 5000 square kilometres. Etosha is protected by the Etosha Pan National Park surrounded by savannah plains and woodlands supporting large herds of elephants.

When dry, the pan sustains little life except for the algae that gives it its distinctive colour, and migratory birds that use it as a pit stop, but with heavy rain it becomes a shallow lake where flamingos breed, pelicans wade and feed, and a variety of mammal species come to quench their thirst, including leopards, lions, white rhinos, hunting dogs and antelopes.

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Departs from Windhoek

N$ 24 900.00 per person sharing.

No supplement

Children 12 years and under travel at N$12 500.00 per child

(Price valid until 31 March 2018)

Price:N$ 24 900


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