Namibia Family Adventure
Day 1 Windhoek
Arrive at any time, arrival transfer included.
Day 2 Sossusvlei (1B)
After a short otientation walk around Windhoek, transfer to the clay pan of Sossusvlei, the most well known of all the Namib desert. Giant sand dunes cover the flat clay pan, among the largest in the world. It's a journey of around 5-6 hours to get from Windhoek to Sossusvlei, and we'll arrive in time to enjoy the evening at the clay pan. Pass the famous Sesriem gate, that sits at one end of the renowned Sesriem Canyon on the way to Sossusvlei.
Day 3 Swakopmund (1B)
This morning, explore the sand dunes at Sossusvlei. IT's great fun to scramble up and run back down these giant golden hills in the desert. Among the more famous dunes here are Dune 45, one of the most photographed in the world, and Big Daddy, the highest in the area at 325 metres high. The elliptical clay pan of Deadvlei was once an oasis, but all that is left now are petrified acacia trees, burned out by the sun. Pass through Sesriem Canyon, carved out of the sandstone, and now only containing water in very small areas. Leaving Sossusvlei behind, drive to Swakopmund, a coastal town that retains a great deal of German colonial style. Along the way, we stop to see flamingos in Walvis Bay. One of the most important wetlands in Southern Africa, this is a haven for bird life. Because of the teeming population of fish, flamingos come here for food, and Walvis Bay is one of the best sites on earth to see these fine creatures.
Day 4 Swakopmund (1B)
Swakopmund is a haven for beach activities, and we have left today free for you to explore as you wish. If you want to stay by the sea and relax, then this is the place. However, if you want to get out and try something more active, there are a variety of optional activities for all the family.
Day 5 Kamanjab Cheetah Park(1B)
Transferring from Swakopmund to Etosha today, we stop en route to visit the cheetah park at Kamanjab. The chance to see these animals in their natural habitat provides an intimate and up close encoutner with cheetahs in an environment close to their natural home. This is a unique opportunity for kids to see how cheetahs live and enjoy fascinating interactions with them.
Days 6-7 Etosha National Park (2B)
Looking out over the beautiful desert landscapes we begin moving east into the interior of Namibia. On this route we pass through a moon landscape and see the imposing Spitzkoppe, also known as the “Matterhorn” of Namibia in the distance. The Spitzkoppe is a well-known landmark between Usakos and the coast. Rising some 700m above the flat surrounding plains, the Gross Spitzkoppe has a height of 1728m. Immediately to the east are the Pondok Mountains, which owe their Afrikaans name to their resemblance to African huts. About 10kms west is the 1572 m high Klein Spitzkoppe. Geologically the area correlates with the Damara Sequence which dates back some 700 million years! Vast amounts of lava were extruded through the Spitzkoppe with subsequent intrusion of granitic magma forming the Spitzkoppe. Erosion has since exposed the granitic cores to form typical Inselbergs, or island mountains. Etosha in waMbo means "the great white place of dry water". As one of Africa’s highlights, the Etosha National Park offers a variety of wildlife and phenomenal natural beauty. Explore the pans and the park on game drives, with excellent opportunities to spot lion, giraffe, elephant, rhino, and antelope. Depending on our arrival time to the park, we continue on a game drive around the huge dry pan to find the elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes. After sunset you can watch some animals at the watering holes near the camping area, which is safe, being well lit with flood lights. Game drives are done in our air-conditioned touring vehicle. Night/Day game drives can be done in open vehicles (optional, at extra cost). The following day, enjoy another game drive in the park. A brief animal count of Etosha National Park: 30 000 Blue Wildebeest; 25000 Springbok; 23000 Zebra; 5000 Kudu; 3000 Hartebeest; 3000 Gemsbok; 2600 Eland; 450 Giraffe; 2000 Elephant; 260 Lions; 20 Black Rhino; 325 Bird species. Etosha National Park in Namibia was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. At the time, the park’s original 100,000 sq km made it the largest game reserve in the world. Due to political changes since its original establishment, the park is somewhat less than a quarter of its original size, at 22,912 sq km, but still remains a very large and significant area in which wildlife is protected. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan desert is roughly 130 km long and in places as wide as 50 km. The salt pan is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer months, when it attracts pelicans and flamingos in particular. Perennuial springs attract a variety of game and birds throughout the year, including the endangered Black Rhinoceros and the endemic Black Face Impala. The name Okaukuejo is derived from oKakwiyo, meaning “place of the fertile women”. It began as a veterinary post created by the Germans during a rinderpest epidemic in 1897. In 1901 a small fort was built here as a military stronghold. Namutoni, was named after a spring found in the area. The waMbo called the spring oMutjamatund (high landmark). The name got distorted through the years. Halali, is strategically located halfway between Okaukuejo and Namutoni, and is surrounded by some of the popular water holes. The name, of German origin, is derived from the bugle call made to announce the end of a hunt. In 1903 a small fort was built at Namutoni, and it was maintained as a police outpost and customs post by the Germans.
Day 8 Windhoek (1B)
Leave Etosha National Park and head south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek. With a population of 230,000, and an altitude of 1654m, Windhoek is the capital of Namibia. Depart at any time in the afternoon.