Namibia with the kids in tow
11 days from £4,640 per person
Travelling with the kids can often feel like a daunting task! With two kids of her own, our Africa specialist Kate has put together a safari which promises to keep the kids well and truly captivated, freeing the grown-ups to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery, great wildlife, fascinating culture and geological marvels that are all on offer in Namibia. We have carefully chosen places where we know that the kids will be happily entertained and educated at the same time, ensuring that you all enjoy your holiday in equal measure without compromise.
The journey begins when you are met by your specialist naturalist guide who will be with you throughout your holiday and who will transport you from Windhoek to the world-renowned AfriCat Foundation. Home for the next 2 nights is the Okonjjima Bush Suite, which is a perfect place for families. With your own chef, guide and exclusive safari vehicles, you will feel like kings (and princes and princesses!) and can enjoy the privacy of your own suite without having to worry about noise levels! During the day a nanny can be arranged for younger kids, and for older kids, either nature walks on foot or time spent visiting the remarkable cheetah welfare project on the reserve are all on offer. Another highlight for the kids is the fun bushman trail. For mum and dad and older kids, leopard tracking vehicle or large carnivore tracking on foot in search of cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena is an exhilarating way to integrate with the wildlife.
From Okonjima, head to the southern border of Etosha National Park and on to Ongava Reserve – 30,000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness and home to Little Ongava where you will be staying for the next 2 nights. Little Ongava is a true safari gem and is a super place for families. With only 3 suites at the camp, be prepared to be pampered and well looked after by the smiley and efficient team. Each of the huge suites have plenty of room for the family as well as their own little plunge pool. Spend the days with your dedicated guide who will either take you into the Etosha National Park where you can expect to see some great wildlife or on guided bush walks in the Reserve.
Continue your journey north into the diverse and rugged Damaraland with a visit to the local Himba Tribe along the way. Stay for 2 nights at the award-winning Mowani Mountain Camp where hobbit-like accommodation opens out to far reaching views over the rugged and rocky plains beneath. From here, adventure forth on foot or in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in search of the elusive desert elephant and all the other many treasures that the desert has in store.
From Damaraland, venture southwards for a night in the fascinating coastal town of Swakopmund and stay at the family run and super-friendly Cornerstone Guest House before setting off the next morning to the Desert Outpost Homestead in the iconic Sossusvlei region of the Namib Desert. A real treat awaits at the Desert Outpost with its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Set at the base of a mountain, the family apartment is an ideal nest from which to explore the moonscapes of the desert to try your hands at climbing some of the largest dunes on Earth. For your last day, your guide will drive you back to Windhoek for your onward journey home – just in time to catch your breath and realise that the past 2 weeks were not just a wonderful dream!
* Please note that this tour is priced based on 2 adults and 2 children travelling: £4,640 per adult and £3,129 per child. However, this is purely a suggested itinerary and can be fully altered to your family's requirements.
11 days from £4,640 per person
- Day 1 - Okonjima Bush Suite - Damaraland
On arrival, a representative will be there to welcome you and introduce you to your specialist private naturalist guide who will be with you throughout your private Namibian safari. Drive through Okahandja to Okonjima in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon on a guided walk or 4x4 game drive and overnight at Okonjima Bush Suite.
- Day 2 - Okonjima Bush Suite - Damaraland
A full day’s activities at Okonjima and overnight.
- Day 3 - Ongava Tented Camp - Etosha National Park
Drive with your private guide to the southern section of Etosha National Park after brunch. Arriving at Etosha National Park mid-afternoon in time for an afternoon’s game drive into the Park. Back for dinner and overnight at Ongava Tented Camp.
- Day 4 - Ongava Tented Camp - Etosha National Park
Spend a full day’s game viewing in Etosha National Park and return to the lodge for overnight.
- Day 5 - Mowani Mountain Camp - Damaraland
Set off after breakfast for your next adventure in Damaraland via the Grootberg Pass. The journey to Mowani is broken with a visit to a local Himba Settlement before arriving at Mowani Mountain Camp for the night.
- Day 6 - Mowani Mountain Camp - Damaraland
A full day to explore and enjoy the area and overnight at Mowani Mountain Camp.
- Day 7 - Cornerstone Guesthouse - Swakopmund
Today, you will drive south past Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, and continue to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund. Spend the afternoon exploring Swakopmund and overnight at the Cornerstone Guesthouse.
- Day 8 - Cornerstone Guesthouse - Swakopmund
A full day in Swakopmund to enjoy many of the excursions available here including quad biking in the dunes or taking a catamaran out to sea to marvel at the seals and dolphins. Overnight at the Cornerstone Guest House.
- Day 9 - Desert Homestead Outpost - Sossusvlei
Today is spent driving south from Swakopmund to the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei. Arrive in time for late lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure or on a game drive in the area.
- Day 10 - Desert Homestead Outpost - Sossusvlei
Full day visiting the magical Namib Naukluft National Park and back in time to freshen up for dinner then overnight.
- Day 11 - In transit.
After a last mornings activity at Desert Homestead, you begin your journey back to Windhoek with picnic en-route. Arrive back in Windhoek in time for your onward arrangements.
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