The 10 days Family Adventure is a safari that has been specially designed for families with small children. Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.
What to expect ?
Clients can expect to drive through the Sossusvlie to see the desert they also drive to Swakopmund to experience different activities around the ocean and its wonderful characteristics. Clients go through Damaralando see different types of attraction such as Rock Art in Twyfelfontein Spitzkoppe, Rock Art in The Brandberg, Canyon in Damaraland, Messum Crater, Hiking, game watching, breathing in history or just enjoying the peaceful scenery – there is something on offer for each of our guests that will at the Waterberg Plateau National park.
On day one of the Namibia Family Camping Safari you are collected between 08:00 am and 08:30 am in Windhoek it can be at the airport or at the accommodation you where staying. Meet up with your fellow travelers and then hit the road, traveling south-west to the Namib Desert. We set off before dawn this morning, to catch the warm light of the sunrise over the desert. At sunrise we pass through Sesriem, the gateway to the desert dunes, driving into the heart of the dune fields. A 5km walk through the desert dunes brings us to the iconic Sossusvlei itself. This unique desert walk is done in the cool hours of the morning, as the soft sunlight shifts over the ochre-colored dunes creating sharp contrasts of light and shadow across the desert landscape. This part of the Namib is ideal for photography, with its ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and chance sightings of gemsbok and even ostrich.
We spend the morning exploring the Sossusvlei Dune area. We also visit the renowned landmark of Dune 45, before returning to Sesriem for lunch and a rest during the hottest part of the day. In the late afternoon as the heat of the day subsides, we embark on a short trip to Sesriem Canyon. We then head back to our camp for a cool dip in the pool, followed by dinner in the evening.
On the second day after a good night's rest, it's up early (one hour before sunrise) for a drive to the Sossusvlei where you can climb a sand dune and watch the colors change as the sun rises over the horizon slipping its morning warmth over the Namib desert dunes. Sesriem derives its name from the time when earlier pioneers tied six lengths of rawhide thongs (riem) together to draw water from the pools. Accommodation at Sesriem is provided in 24 campsites. Facilities found there include a gas station, convenience store and a secure parking area.
Overnight: Sesriem Campsite
An early morning start sees us driving north-west towards the coastal town of Swakopmund,
As soon as we arrive in Swakopmund clients can take activity at the desert explore quad biking at around 14 pm.
Optional activities can be: Skydiving or sandboarding
The second night we Leaving the mesmerizing fields of dunes behind we travel back into the mountain deserts of Namibia.
Leaving the mountains we head across the stark Namib gravel plains, before reaching the coastal sand dunes of Walvis Bay. We stop for a picnic lunch next to the ocean and visit Walvis Bay lagoon to see the abundance of flamingos and other birds found there. After lunch, we complete the short remainder of our drive to Swakopmund, where you are free to relax and have some fun on your own or with the safari group.
- Sandwich habour
Overnight: Prost Hotel Swakopmund
The next morning we drive to Damaraland we head east, moving back into desert terrain and on to an old mining town, called Uis. The remote little town of Uis, situated in the middle of nowhere, is one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones. Namibia is famous for its semi-precious stones and in Uis you can pick up rough Amethyst, Tourmaline and other stones at a bargain. soon as we arrive clients check in at Madisa Campsite.
At around 14 pm clients are to go for an activity which is included.
Guided Village Walk - This is an interesting few hours on foot learning about the local culture and spending some time with them in their environment.
Overnight: Madisa Campsite
Starting in the cool early hours of the morning, we travel west to visit the ancient Bushman rock art at Twyfelfontein. A local guide leads us on a short guided tour of the rock art sites.
We drive from Twyfelfontein to Outjo via Khorixas, stopping for fresh supplies, a quick coffee and some sticky cakes from the local bakery.
Then we continue our drive to Etosha National Park’s premier camp, Okaukuejo, where we spend our first two nights in this game-rich park. The area around Okaukuejo hosts some of the best watering holes in Etosha offering the best chances of sighting some Big Game. Etosha is the primary game viewing destination on this Namibia Family Camping Safari.
Game viewing drives are not the only way that we experience the abundance of African wildlife in Etosha Park. Okaukuejo is famous for its floodlit waterhole where you can watch the game at night and in between game drives. The waterhole at Okaukuejo Camp has been described as offering one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa, with black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope often being sighted.
- AM and Pm Game drives
- Visit the Himba tribe village
Overnight: Okaukuejo Campsite
We spent game viewing in Etosha Park. We again venture into the game park during the cooler hours of the early morning taking a game drive to Halali camp in the center of Etosha. We stop at various waterholes and admire the expansive Etosha Pan en route. Game viewing along this route is excellent and sightings usually include some new species, more often found in this part of Etosha Park.
At Halali Camp we pause for lunch and some free time to visit the watering hole, take a swim in the pool and relax at the bar. After our rest at Halali, we continue with our game drive, making our way through the bush to Namutoni Camp. Reaching our camp before sunset there is time to sit back and enjoy more game viewing into the night at the floodlit waterhole.
Overnight: Namutoni Campsite
Today we leave Etosha National Park, game viewing on our way out of the Eastern side of the game park. We travel south passing through farmlands on our way to Otjiwarongo.
We visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, taking a walking tour of their Educational Centre, Cheetah Museum, main facilities, and animal clinic. The guided tour provides a great introduction to the cheetahs, wild dogs, and livestock at the conservation center. We also get to see the cheetahs feeding at set times.
After lunch we continue our journey, heading to the Waterberg Plateau, towering 200m over the surrounding African savannahs. The park covers some 405 km² of wilderness to the east of Otjiwarongo and the northeast of Windhoek.
The Waterberg Plateau is an oasis of colors, featuring orange-red rock formations between verdant woodlands and plains at the top and acacia trees on its lower slopes.
Waterberg Park was originally established in 1972 to provide a sanctuary for some of the rare and endangered species inhabiting the Kavango and Caprivi areas of Namibia. These animals include roan and sable antelopes, tsessebe and Cape Buffalos. The wilderness park is home to about 25 game species and more than 200 bird species today.
Camping guests are welcome to join the optional activities (guided Plateau Hike, Honeymoon Sundowner, Rhino Drive, game tracking, a cultural tour into Hereroland, History Path, 5 nature trails) and have dinner at the restaurant of Waterberg Valley Lodge (5 min. walk).
Included activity is the Hiking trail and game drive
Overnight: Waterberg Plateau Campsite
On the final day, we travel south, stopping at Okahandja, where we have time to visit the largest wood carving market in Namibia. The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for authentic Namibian souvenirs. Our diverse and fun-filled Namibia Family Camping Safari ends in Windhoek today.
The client departed back to the international airport or accommodation.
- Airport transfers
- Passenger Liability 15%
- Qualified professional driver/guide
- VAT 2% Tourism Levy
- Accommodation & meals for the guide and clients
- Activities as indicated in the itinerary
- International flights and airport taxes
- Items not mentioned in the itinerary
- Drinks at lodges and on road
- Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
- All meals not mentioned above
- All expenses of personal nature
- All recommended excursions and activities
- Tips for tour guides
Where to meet ?
We will provide you meeting location after reservation is confirmed.
Your hiking guide climbs the plateau with you (approx. 150 m above the plains). He explains plants and animals in the park to you and gives you an insight into the daily life and culture of the Herero people living in this area. Terrific view of the valley or the plains of the Kalahari.