10 day Family Adventure Schedule

Introduction

This program is designed for those with children five years and above.  We’ve attempted to create a balance of areas of interest to both parents and their children by visiting the Namib Desert at Sesriem, spending time on the Skeleton Coast before viewing the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.  Three nights in Etosha area with morning and afternoon game drives!  We return to Windhoek via the Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation. 

  • Important note:

    Guests needing visas for Namibia & Botswana, need to be multiple entry visas.

Departure dates

Nov
Dec
Jan 21
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
21
03
24
07

Can this tour be combined with others:  no, this tour does not link to any of our other schedule products.

2022 departures – commence Nov 21 – Oct 2022

Nov

Dec

Jan 21

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

20

04

25

08

 

 

Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    10 Days / 9 Nights

  • Departs from:

    Windhoek selected Thursday mornings.

  • Ends in:

    Windhoek on a  Monday afternoon

  • Group Size:

    Minimum 3 (three) – 2 adults & 1 child Maximum 14 guests

  • Destinations:

    Sesriem - Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein - Etosha South - Onguma Game Reserve - Okonjima Nature Reserve

  • Vehicles used:

    1-2 guests – SUV (or similar)
    3-4 guests – Quantum or Land Cruiser (or similar)
    5 + guests – Expedition Truck (modified safari vehicle)

Map

10 day Family Adventure Schedule

Overview

Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Room Type
Duration
Sesriem Oshana Campsite
Sesriem
Lunch & Dinner
1x Campsite
2 Nights
Prost Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x twin
1 Night
Prost Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed and Breakfast
1x twin
1 Night
Madisa Campsite
Twyfelfontein
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Etosha Village Campsite
Etosha South
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Group Campsite
1 Night
Onguma Tamboti Campsite
Onguma Game Reserve
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
2 Nights
Okonjima's Omboroko Campsite
Okonjima Nature Reserve
Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night

Price

Children 12 years and under pay 50% of the adult price 

Pricing is per person sharing – as tours tend to run full, we have limited packing space on the vehicles, tents are bulky items and as such we do require people of same gender to share.  

Single tents may be supplied for those with valid health reasons, no single supplement payable. 

  • Professional guide 
  • Camp assistant 
  • All transport whilst on tour 
  • Meals as specified 
  • Camping equipment (does not include sleeping bag / pillow / stretcher) 
  • National Park entrance fees 
  • Campsite fees 
  • Sleeping bag – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00 
  • Stretcher – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00 
  • Pillow 
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & bottled water 
  • Personal travel insurance – compulsory 

Itinerary

Day Itinerary: Day 1 - Windhoek – Namib Naukluft Park – Saturday

thatched roof bathrooms
dunes view
  • Route:

    Windhoek to Namib Naukluft Park

  • Distance:

    310 km

  • Collection time:

    08h00 – 08h30 from any accommodation within the City of Windhoek

  • Journey:

    We leave Windhoek travelling via the gravel roads and the Khomas Hochland mountain range, this area is one of farming communities till we reach the end of the escarpment (crossing the Tropic of Capricorn) where we descend via the Remhoogte Pass to the settlement of Solitaire. The terrain varies dramatically as we travel to our campsite where arrival is due mid to late afternoon. Set up camp and visit Elim dune – a great place for sundowners with the dunes behind us and the Naukluft Mountains in the distance.

  • Activities:

    Activity: Elim Dune

Info:

Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes. 

Just five kilometres from the camp at Sesriem, Elim Dune is best viewed at sunset, when the colours deepen, intensifying the contrast between the red dunes and the purple-blue Naukluft Mountains on the opposite horizon. Elim Dune is roughly 100 metres in height and the climb to its zenith takes under an hour. 

Named for its location 45 kilometres past the town of Sesriem, Dune 45 is renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’. If you’re not keen for the strenuous hike to the top of Big Daddy, Dune 45 is a more forgiving alternative, standing at only 80 metres and featuring a much gentler gradient.

Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem

Day Itinerary: Day 2 – Sossusvlei/Sesriem - Sunday

mountain view
shady tree view
  • Route:

    Sesriem – Sossusvlei - Sesriem

  • Journey:

    We’ll need to be on the move an hour before dawn as we make our way through a dry riverbed and across the gravel plains towards the Namib Dunes. We’ll stop at Dune 45 before making our way to Sossusvlei with age old sands said to be around five million years old. Dead Vlei with its white pan and contrasting black scorched trees is also on our visit list. Whilst this region appears to be lifeless there are a variety of animal species that have adapted to these conditions and if we’re lucky may see Oryx antelope, ostrich, springbok and don’t forget about the birdlife and reptiles that inhabit the area. Return to our campsite for lunch, late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon where the ephemeral Tsauchab River has shaped the area over millions of years.

  • Activities:

    Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Sesriem Canyon

Info:

Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.

Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem

Day Itinerary: Day 3 - Sossusvlei – Solitaire – Swakopmund - Monday

jeti on water
Prost Hotel Swakopmund 5
  • Route:

    Namib Naukluft Park to Swakopmund

  • Distance:

    345 km

  • Journey:

    We leave the Sesiem area to the settlement of Solitaire, not far north of this we cross the Tropic of Capricorn. The surrounds of the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons provide good geological phenomenon, in addition we may see the elusive Mountain Zebra before travelling across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert with its endless horizons, our destination the Atlantic Ocean and coastal town of Swakopmund.

Info:

Set along Namibia’s spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours. 

Overnight: Prost Hotel Swakopmund   

Prost Hotel is situated in the heart of Swakopmund, giving access to the town’s various and excellent restaurants.  The hotel offers 28 en-suit rooms, ranging from luxury, family to standard rooms.  All rooms are equipped with 43” flat screen TV, DSTV decoder, electronic laptop safe, tea/coffee station, telephone and hair dryer. Facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi, buffet breakfast.

Prost Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund

Day Itinerary: Day 4 – Swakopmund - Tuesday

architecture in swakop
Prost Hotel Swakopmund 4 1
  • Route:

    Swakopmund (hotel or bed and breakfast)

  • Journey:

    We travel the short distance to Walvis Bay where we join our Marine Cruise for the morning.  Afternoon at leisure to explore the town, relax and take in the local sights.

  • Activities:

    Marine Cruise

Info:

One of the most enjoyable excursion is the adventure packed Dolphin Cruise tour to Pelican Point and Walvis Bay’s beautiful bay area. The chances of encountering dolphins, whales, turtles, seals and Mola Mola (sunfish) make the search for the marine big 5 and adventurous tour by enjoying sparkling wine, fresh oysters and other mouth-watering snacks aboard the spacious and comfortable catamarans. 

Prost Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund

Day Itinerary: Day 5 - Swakopmund – Cape Cross – Twyfelfontein - Wednesday

seals arguing
rocky waters
  • Route:

    Swakopmund to Madisa campsite

  • Distance:

    385 km

  • Journey:

    We travel north along the coastline to Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to between eighty and one hundred thousand Fur seals, endemic to southern Africa they are commonly known as “eared seals”. Leaving the coast behind we cross the plains heading to the old mining town of Uis, our travels will take us past the Brandberg Moutain as we head into Damaraland, an area characterised by its rocky and rugged landscapes of rough, fascinating beauty. We arrive into camp with sufficient time before setting off on a sundowner drive which meanders around the surrounding areas with spectacular views of the dunes, open plains and rock formations, ending high up on a koppi for the most spectacular African sunset.

  • Activities:

    Cape Cross seal colony

Info:

The Cape Cross Seal Colony of Cape Fur Seals is one of the largest in the world, home to approximately 80 000 to 100 000 of these so-called ‘seals’, which are in fact a species of sea lion. The seals can be viewed from a walkway at a distance of roughly 200 metres. 

Set in the Kunene Region of north–western Namibia, Twyfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain. It was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced. Visitors can look forward to basing themselves at some wonderfully shady campsites along the Aba-Huab riverbed, while exploring over thirty different sites of these sacred records of ritual practices relating to traditional hunter-gatherer communities. 

Madisa offers 9 private camp sites all with their own ablution facilities. These sites are spacious and are situated on the river bed with a low stone wall around. Each site has a braai area which doubles up as a donkey geyser for hot water. It’s a lovely atmosphere to kick back relax around a fire and listen to the nocturnal sounds of the bush. Madisa is also a fantastic place for star gazing, the nights are brilliantly clear. Each site has lights which are powered by generator 

Madisa Campsite, Twyfelfontein

Day Itinerary: Day 6 – Twyfelfontein – Etosha National Park - Thursday

branchy sunset
tired lions
  • Route:

    Madisa campsite to Taleni Africa (border Etosha National Park)

  • Distance:

    300 km

  • Journey:

    This morning we accompany a local guide to view the rock engravings and rock paintings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Living Museum of the Damara situated nearby allows visitors the opportunity to get to know their traditional culture, this in an attempt to reconstruct the ‘lost culture’ of the Damara People. By visiting we contribute to the preservation of this culture.

  • Activities:

    Twyfelfontein, Damara Living Museum

Info:

The Etosha Village Camp Site is nestled in the spectacular green and gold Mopani forests surrounding Etosha National Park, and caters for both Groups as well as Individual travellers. These sites are equipped with Power Outlets, Running Water, Lights, Barbeque area and separate Ladies and Gents Bathroom facilities each featuring toilets, wash basins and showers.  The 4 Individual Camp Sites are also equipped with Power Outlets, Running Water, Lights, Barbeque and a well-kept shared ablution. 

On-site facilities include swimming pools and a bar area with a big-screen television as well as a fully stocked utility and curio shop.

Etosha Village Campsite, Etosha South

Day Itinerary: Day 7 – Etosha South – Etosha East - Friday

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hungry antelopes
  • Route:

    Through Etosha Okaukuejo region (Taleni Etosha) to Onguma Game Reserve

  • Journey:

    Up before dawn, we need to be at the Andersson Gate for sunrise which is when the entrance gates open, one of the best times for game viewing is the cooler morning hours and late afternoon. We make use of today on an extensive game drive in search of black and white rhino, elephants, lion, cheetah and the numerous species of plains game. The drive will give you an overview of the National Park including its birdlife, flora and geology. A stop will be made at Halali, the most central of the resorts. Exit the National Park, it’s a short journey to our overnight camping on a private nature Reserve.

  • Activities:

    Full day game drive through the National Park

Info:

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. 

The Camping sites are all nestled in the trees of the Onguma Reserve, and each camper is ensured privacy and space to enjoy the bush. Each campsite has a private ablution facility with spacious shower room, separate toilet and covered washing-up areas with lots of space to unpack and organize. Each unit also has ample plugs to ensure cooler boxes keep cool and cameras get charged. There is a stunning main area with a restaurant where guests can enjoy a hearty meal while looking out across the waterhole. The supply store stocks essentials and the deep verandas ensure there is shade to relax in

Onguma Tamboti Campsite, Onguma Game Reserve

Day Itinerary: Day 8 – Etosha National Park - Saturday

happy waiter
beautiful birdy
  • Route:

    Morning and afternoon game drives into Etosha National Park

  • Journey:

    we’ll be at the Von Lindequist gate for sunrise as we enter Etosha National Park, this day will be run as per the groups requirements, we can either do a morning game drive and return to Onguma for lunch and early afternoon at leisure before heading back into the Park for an afternoon drive OR we can take a packed lunch and spend the day in the Etosha Park, taking a break at Namutoni Resort during the heat of day returning to our campsite just before sunset.

  • Activities:

    Morning and afternoon game drive in touring vehicle into National Park

Info;

Located in North-western Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. An impressive 5000-square-kilometre Etosha salt pan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and can even be seen from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants, black rhinos and giraffes, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls. 

Onguma Tamboti Campsite, Onguma Game Reserve

Day Itinerary: Day 9 – Etosha – Tsumeb – Otjiwarongo - Sunday

cheetah safari
camping
  • Route:

    Onguma Game Reserve to Okonjima Game Reserve

  • Distance:

    350 km

  • Journey:

    Continue south via the mining town of Tsumeb, south of Otjiwarongo lies Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation, a perfect place to spend your last night of tour. A visit will be made to AfriCat’s Carnivore Care and Information Centre

  • Activities:

    AfriCat Foundation

Info:

Midway between the spectacular Etosha National Park and the capital city of Windhoek, lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland. Enjoy thrilling cat tracking guided safaris, leopard-spotting, off-road night drives and learn about local San culture along the Bushmen trail. 

Camping in Okonjima Nature Reserve epitomises the African safari experience. Your small group or family can become one with nature as they visit the Carnivore Care Centre, track leopards and cheetahs, learn about the indigenous people during the Bushman trail, and grow attuned to the sights, sounds and ways of Namibia’s grassy plains.  

The four, partially-equipped, private campsites share a swimming pool at the foot of the Ombokoro Mountains and are located in the 2000ha non-rehabilitation area. All four sites boast spectacular sundowner viewpoints

Okonjima's Omboroko Campsite, Okonjima Nature Reserve

Day Itinerary: Day 10 – Okonjima – Okahandja – Windhoek - Saturday

stalking leopard
tired lions
  • Route:

    Okonjima Game Reserve to Windhoek

  • Distance:

    225 km

  • Journey:

    After breakfast we pack up camp and return to Windhoek via the town of Okahandja, founded around 1800 by two local groups, the Herero and the Nama it is known as the Garden town of Namibia. For those wanting to fly out today, we request flights to be after 14h00.

Info:

Located just north of Windhoek, in the central Namibian Otjozondjupa region, the bustling city of Okahandja serves as the main commercial centre of the area, as well as a prominent cultural centre for the local Herero people. The name ‘Okahandja’, means ‘The place where two rivers flow into each other to form one wide one.’ These two seasonal rivers are the Okamita and the Okakango. Known as the ‘Garden Town of Namibia’, Okahandja boasts a rich cultural heritage, numerous historical sites and one of the larger Woodcarvers Markets.