THE NAMIBIA FAMILY TOUR

13 Night / 14 Day Guided Safari

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Experience a wonderful adventure for both young and old alike. Exploring Namibia in a safe and child friendly way, you travel at a leisurely pace, whilst accompanied by an expert guide on this 14-day family tour. With plenty of outdoor activities and wildlife to be seen, not only the children will have fun learning a lot about Namibia but you will too. This tour includes nights spent in comfortable and friendly lodges as well as two nights camping in the beautiful Namib Desert. Sit as a family around the campfire and create memories to last a lifetime. Children from the age of 6 are welcome.

Family in safari vehicle

Highlights

Day 1-14 | Namibia

  • Namib Escarpment: scenic hike
  • Namib Desert: Camping at Sesriem Campsite, Sossusvlei, hike to the Dead Vlei, Sesriem Canyon
  • Swakopmund: Trip to seal colony, German architecture, adventure activities (optional)
  • Damaraland: Herero women’s craft market, Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site, Petrified Forest, desert-adapted elephant tracking
  • Etosha National Park: game drives, beautiful landscapes, night game drive (optional)
  • Otjiwa Lodge: optional activities such as game drives, game walks and night drives
  • Okahandja: souvenir market

Facts

Guided Safari: The Namibia Family Tour
Tourcode: ET14NAMFAM
From: Windhoek International Airport
To: Windhoek International Airport
Min number to guarantee tour: 4
Max number of participants: 12 (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day:
Saturday
Price: from 56,000 NAD (adults), from
46,500 NAD (children)
Single Supplement: from 5,500 NAD

Itinerary

Day 1 | Windhoek Area

You will be greeted with a friendly smile, as your guide welcomes you and your family to Namibia. The drive to your accommodation is a short one, leaving you with enough time to freshen up or even take a nap. You can also have a refreshing swim in the pool if you like. In the afternoon, your guide will escort you and the rest of the group on a short bush walk. You can stretch your legs a little and your guide will give some useful tips on Namibia along the way. Enjoy a home-style cooked meal at the Etango Guest Farm in the evening, before resting up with a good night’s sleep.
Dinner

Day 2 | Windhoek – Namib Escarpment

Distance approx. 210 km; driving time approx. 2,5 hours

After breakfast and a short drive, you get to know Windhoek through a brief city tour. The city has some interesting stories to tell and your guide knows them all. A stop at a supermarket will provide you the opportunity to pick up some last-minute supplies and after a short safari briefing, you leave Windhoek and make your way through the Namibian farmlands. The road takes you over many hills until you reach your lodging for the night, the Namibgrens Guest Farm. The guest farm is still an active, working farm and there is plenty to explore. In the evening, savour a hearty farm-style meal.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3 | Namib Escarpment

Together with your guide you can choose from one of Namibgrens’ many hiking trails before setting out on foot. Your guide accompanies you and can tell you many interesting things about the fauna and flora found in this region. Granite boulders are strewn over the landscape and you will be greeted by wonderful views along the way. After the hike you have the rest of the afternoon to spend at your leisure and you are free to lounge by the pool if you like. You spend a second night at the Namibgrens Guest Farm and can enjoy another delicious dinner in the evening.

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 | Namib Escarpment – Namib Desert

Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 2,5 hours

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before continuing your journey. You drive to the top of the Spreetshoogte Pass, where a look-out spot provides you with a stunning panorama view of the landscape below. From here, you drive towards the Remhoogte Pass and descend into the Namib-Naukluft. Your destination today is the Sesriem Campsite and you will be camping the next two nights in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Assist your guide in setting up camp and have the rest of the afternoon to relax and enjoy your surroundings. The camp’s swimming pool can be very inviting, so why not go take a refreshing dip once settled in. In the evening, your guide will prepare a delicious meal as you all sit around the open campfire and take delight in the beautiful starlit night sky above you. You have a very exciting day lined up for tomorrow, so be sure to go to bed early tonight.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 | Namib Desert

Distance approx. 140 km; driving time approx. 2 hours

Today will be full of fun, exploration and making memories to last a lifetime. So you begin very early, before even the sun is up. Because you camped within the national park, you have a head start on everyone who did not and together with your guide, you make your way towards the epic Dune 45. You walk up the dune’s ridge, right to the top from which you can marvel at a stunning sunrise, illuminating the world’s oldest desert around you. Even the dune descent is lots of fun, especially for the kids. You will notice that your guide has been busy too, preparing a hearty outdoor breakfast for you in the meantime. But the adventure does not end there. Feeling strengthened by your breakfast, you make your way towards the Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. After having navigated a short off-road section, you make the rest of the way to the Deadvlei on foot. This dry clay pan with its dead Camelthorn trees and towering dunes surrounding it, creates a surreal landscape. Returning to your camp around midday, you can enjoy a lunch and some well-deserved rest. In the afternoon, you visit the Sesriem Canyon and descend into the gorge for a short walk along the canyon’s dry riverbed. Conclude this wonderful day with another delicious dinner enjoyed around the campfire.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 | Namib Desert – Swakopmund

Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

Another scrumptious outdoor breakfast awaits you before breaking down your camp and continuing your journey through the Namib-Naukluft. You stop at the small settlement of Solitaire, where you can try the freshly baked German apple pie (optional). As you continue, you pass through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons until you see a shimmering blue on the horizon. You will soon have reached the Atlantic Ocean. Make a stop at the Walvis Bay Lagoon, where you can see flamingos congregating at the water’s edge. Now Swakopmund is only a short and scenic drive away. Flanked by the ocean and the desert, you arrive at the little seaside town the locals affectionately call “Swakop”. Your guide will acquaint you with the town and introduce you to some of the best dinner options (optional), before you spend the night at the Organic Square Guesthouse.
Breakfast

Day 7 | Swakopmund

Swakopmund offers a wide variety of sights and optional activities that everyone in the family can enjoy. Today you have the whole day available to explore Namibia’s adventure capital. On a catamaran cruise you can discover some of the marine wildlife around Walvis Bay, some of whom may even hop on board. On a desert tour, you will drive over massive dunes in search of the Little 5 of the Namib Desert. Sandboarding is available for those who seek some excitement, as is the thrilling experience of quad biking amongst the Namib dunes. In the afternoon, take a stroll along the beach front and enjoy a delicious slice of German cake at one of the delightful bakeries. Once an exciting day draws to close, you spend another night at the Organic Square Guesthouse.
Breakfast

Day 8 | Swakopmund – Cape Cross – Damaraland

Distance approx. 430 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

After breakfast, you drive along Namibia’s rugged coastline towards Cape Cross. Here you are greeted by the sight of over two hundred thousand Cape fur seals, one of their largest colonies in the world. Cape Cross is also where the first Europeans set foot upon Namibia with a replica of the padrão (stone pillar) erected in 1486 marking the location and event. From here your journey continues inland, over backroads and past the Brandberg Mountain. Along the way, you visit a Herero women’s craft market where handmade souvenirs can be bought and you can admire the traditional, Victorian-style dresses of the Herero women. Thereafter it isn’t long until you reach your camp for the night, the beautiful Twyfelfontein Adventure Camp. Time-permitting, you may decide to visit the Damara Living Museum (optional), located just a couple of minutes from your lodge for a fascinating insight into the Damara culture.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9 | Damaraland

Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 3,5 hours

Another exciting day awaits you and during the cool morning hours, you make your way to the nearby Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide will take you to a location where the engravings can be admired, away from the main tourist route and explain how they were made. Here you can witness rock engravings created by Namibia’s early hunter-gatherers, some of which were created an estimated 2400 years ago. Then it is time to buckle up because you are going on a special off-road safari adventure. You drive along a bumpy, dry riverbed in search of the desert adapted elephants of the Damaraland. These elephants still roam freely and are specifically adapted to survive the region’s harsh climate. With a little luck, you may encounter them along the way. Your customised 4×4 safari vehicle covers this rugged terrain and will safely transport you to places which would otherwise be unreachable. Other wildlife you might well encounter today includes giraffe, oryx, mountain zebra and ostrich to name but a few. Lunch is enjoyed in the form of a picnic in the shade of one of the nearby trees and in the afternoon, you return to the Twyfelfontein Adventure Camp. Have a refreshing swim in the pool and relax before a delicious dinner is served in the evening.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10 | Damaraland – Etosha National Park

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 3.5 hours

Have a hearty breakfast to start the day before visiting the Petrified Forest. Here you will find tree trunks that are approximately 260 million years old, lying scattered over the ground. The tree trunks have fossilised and now appear to be completely made of stone. The site is also home to the Welwitschia mirabilis, the national plant of Namibia. This peculiar looking desert plant can fascinate and many specimens are well over a thousand years old. You now continue towards the Etosha National Park. Once you are through the park gates, the drive to your accommodation is already a small game drive in itself. You will overnight at the Okaukuejo Rest Camp, located in the middle of the park. At the lodge, the kids can enjoy themselves at the swimming pool before you all head out on an afternoon game drive. In the evening, your guide will prepare another delicious meal for you on the open fire.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 11 | Etosha National Park

You can look forward to having the whole day to go on safari in one of the most famous national parks in Africa. If you are an early riser then you are in luck because it is during the early morning hours that the animals are most active. You can encounter elephant, lion, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest and a whole variety of antelope all in their natural environment. Your guide can tell you something interesting and memorable about all the animals you might see. During the game drive, you can open the roof of your safari vehicle, thereby giving everyone an unimpeded view of the landscapes and the wildlife around you. A lunch stop can be arranged at Halali Rest Camp (optional), where you are welcome to have a quick swim before continuing with your afternoon game drive. The Etosha Pan is another highlight not to be missed. Here you can stare as far into the horizon as your eyes can see and absorb the complete silence surrounding you. As the shadows begin to grow longer and after plenty of wildlife sightings, you return to the Okaukuejo Rest Camp. Wind down the evening by enjoying the views of the camp’s floodlit waterhole.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 12 | Etosha National Park – Otjiwarongo Region

Distance approx. 230 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

After a relaxed start to the day, you leave the Etosha National Park, enjoying a brief game drive en route and start driving in a southerly direction. A lunch stop can be made along the way at the Crocodile Ranch in Otjiwarongo (optional). The ranch has a large play area for the kids and the bold amongst you may even want to try a crocodile kebab. From here it is only a short distance to your accommodation, the Otjiwa Lodge. The lodge offers an afternoon game drive (optional) on which you have the chance to encounter rhinos before a delicious evening meal awaits you.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 13 | Otjiwarongo Region

You have the whole day to enjoy the activities offered by the Otjiwa Lodge. You can go on another game drive or if you would rather stretch your legs a little then you can go on a guided game walk whereby the area can safely be explored on foot (both optional). At midday, you return to the lodge to relax before you can start your next activity in the afternoon. The lodge also offers a night drive, where you stand the chance to encounter some of the shyer and more seldomly seen nocturnal animals (optional). You spend another night at the Otjiwa Lodge.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 14 | Otjiwarongo Region – Windhoek

Distance approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

After breakfast, you get the chance to soak in the wide-open spaces of Namibia once more. In the small town of Okahandja, some hand-made souvenirs can be purchased from the local woodcarver’s market. Alternatively, you can also make a stop at the Craft Centre in Windhoek for some last curios. Between approximately 14:00 and 15:00, your tour will then come to an end at either a guesthouse or at the Windhoek International Airport. Your return travels can then begin with many new fond memories of Namibia and plenty of new stories to tell.
Breakfast

Includes

  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • 11 nights’ stay in lodges, rest camps and guesthouses (depending on availability, accommodation of a similar standard will be booked)
  • 2 nights camping on a public campsite
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • All national park fees

Excludes

  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Sleeping bag
  • optional activities
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance

Frequently Asked Questions

A family tour is a journey along a well-planned route, through the wide expanses of Namibia on tar and gravel roads. You will get to see impressive landscapes, experience game viewing, partake in child-friendly activities and gain an insight into the different cultures.

Careful consideration has been taken in order to limit the driving distances and to maximise time spent at the accommodations on account of families travelling with children. However, in order to experience Namibia in all its facets, long driving distances on certain days are inevitable.

On a family tour, all lodge accommodations offer rooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as a comfortable atmosphere and personal service. Where possible, family rooms have been booked.

On the camping nights, you will sleep with spacious two-person dome tents that are equipped with mosquito nets and comfortable 5 cm thick sleeping mats. In the evenings, you can sit around the campfire with a beautiful starlit night sky above you.

The size of the group varies between 4 and 12 people per vehicle with travellers coming from near and far.

A guided family tour is suitable for families who want to feel Africa and experience its splendid nature and wildlife while travelling in comfort and ease. Single parents are also very welcome.

Clocks tick differently in Africa and unexpected hurdles can arise on the way. Flexibility, patience, an open mind as well as a good sense of humour are the key to an enjoyable trip and an unforgettable experience.

Due to the nature of travelling through Namibia and the sometimes long distances that need to be covered, we don’t recommend this trip for children under the age of 8 years. Please also keep in mind that the responsibility for each child lies with the parent at all times.

Your qualified and registered guide is also your driver. Our guides know the fauna, flora, people and roads of Namibia like the back of their hand and have many years of driving experience on gravel roads. Our guides have a passion for Namibia and love nothing more than sharing interesting facts and stories about the country.

Your guide is also your cook on certain nights. We ask you to assist in preparing the food in order that your guide can work his or her magic in the bush kitchen.

Namibian food is a combination of African and European styles. The latter is often German cuisine – pork dishes, potatoes, breads and pastries. Dishes with game meat, beef and lamb are very popular. Seafood is also regularly on the menu. Biltong (cured, dried meat) and droëwors (dried sausage) are typical Namibian snacks. All lodges serve a full breakfast, most include a 3-course dinner as well. In some towns there is the option to have supper at a restaurant (own account).

On the days when you are camping, breakfast generally includes eggs, bacon and/or sausage, bread, jams, rusks and hot drinks (coffee and tea) and for dinner, a cooked 3-course meal (snack/light starter, main course and campfire dessert) will be served.

When booking with us, please notify us of any dietary requirements and/or allergies you might have.

A normal day will start with breakfast at around 8am and end with supper at around 7pm. It might happen that you have an early morning activity planned, so breakfast might be slightly later or a packed breakfast will be provided. In general, departure times are quite flexible and can be arranged in consultation with the guide. As your guide knows his or her way around and is familiar with the driving times and distances, he or she will decide what time to leave. You will either travel to your next destination or explore the surroundings on excursions. You arrive at the overnight accommodation in the afternoon, with some time to relax and freshen up before supper. After supper, you might want to chat and enjoy a nightcap before you go to bed.

We use specially designed and customised Toyota Land Cruisers with large sliding windows and pop-up roofs for great game viewing and vistas. The passenger compartment comprises six individual and comfortable seats which provide great comfort while travelling. A window seat is guaranteed for each guest.

You will mostly overnight in guest houses, guest farms, lodges or permanent tented camps. While guest houses, guest farms and lodges consist of permanent buildings, tented camps provide accommodation in large walk-in tents with en-suite bathrooms, including washbasin, shower and toilet. The standard is 3-star to 4-star. Most accommodations are nestled in beautiful scenery and offer spectacular views.

On the camping nights, you will be provided with spacious two-person dome tents (2.5 x 2.5 m, 1.80 m high) that are equipped with mosquito nets and comfortable 5 cm thick sleeping mats. Furthermore, we us sturdy camp furniture (tables and chairs) and functional cutlery and crockery. We only use the best quality camping equipment and gear to ensure you all comfort you could wish for. On our camping days, your assistance in setting up and taking down the camp is recommended and appreciated.

Passport:

You need a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Namibia and have at least three blank pages.

Visa:

Most nationalities travelling to Namibia for holiday purposes do not require a visa for up to 90 days. Nevertheless, visa requirements are constantly changing – please contact Namibia’s embassy in your home country. Namibia-Experience cannot be held responsible if you are refused entry and cannot begin your trip. All costs incurred due to a delay in travelling are for the traveller’s account.

If you travel with children via South Africa to Namibia: From 1 June 2015, all passengers under 18 years old, arriving in and departing from South Africa, will be required by law to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.

Other:

You must have a valid return flight ticket or other onward travel documents which allow you to leave the country when your trip ends. Otherwise you must provide proof that you have sufficient funds (i.e. credit card) to purchase a return ticket.

Since you will be staying outside your home country, you are not covered by your personal health insurance. You will be treated as a private patient and must be adequately insured for. Also check whether your personal liability covers damage when travelling outside of your country.

Although the tour price includes most meals, entry fees to national parks and accommodation, you still need to plan for other expenses. Plan for optional activities (game drives, boat trips, cultural visits etc), tipping, souvenirs, extra meals and drinks.

Tipping in Namibia is a reward for good service and is at the guest’s discretion. Normally you can add 10% to a restaurant bill. For lodge staff, there is generally a communal tip box. If you want to tip your Namibia-Experience guide, we recommend 150 – 220 N$ per group per day.

The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$) and is traded at 1:1 to the South African Rand. South African Rands can also be used as payment in Namibia.

You can draw cash at a local ATM with your credit card or Maestro card (PIN required). Transaction fees depend on your bank and the establishment which you are using it at.

In many big shops/shopping malls you can pay with credit card. At smaller shops and at some fuel stations you can only pay cash. Furthermore, we recommend having cash for emergencies and small purchases such as curios or at markets as well as for tips. Also have cash for tipping as some accommodations will not add the tips onto your service bill.

Traveller’s cheques are not recommended. They are rarely accepted because of fraud, high fees and long waiting times at the exchange.

The travel destination and season will determine what to pack. Bear in mind that Namibia is in the southern hemisphere with opposite seasons to the USA and Europe. Namibia’s summer (with intermittent thunder showers) is from December to February and the dry winter months are from June to September.

Bring warm clothes if you travel between April to September, which you will need especially in the evening, at night and in the early morning. Even in summer include long trousers, closed shoes and a long sleeve shirt – these will help against mosquitos, which are mainly found in the north of Namibia and in the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip).

Due to limited space in our safari vehicles, please restrict your luggage to no more than 15 kg and one small hand luggage. The best bags to bring with you on safari are definitely soft shell bags. NO SUITCASES PLEASE! Hard shell bags are often too big and bulky.

Here is a rough checklist for clothing:

      • Warm jacket, warm pullover
      • Wind jacket or rain jacket
      • 2 long-sleeved shirts
      • 1 pair of long trousers
      • 1 spare pair of trousers (comfortable and durable)
      • 2 pairs of shorts
      • 4-6 T-shirts
      • Sufficient underwear and socks
      • Swimwear
      • Sturdy walking shoes
      • Sandals or flip flops
      • Base cap, sun hat

Very colourful textiles are not necessarily an advantage if you want to observe wild animals.  Military style clothing is also not advisable, as it can be a problem for government officials.

Other equipment:

      • Sleeping Bag
      • Sun glasses
      • Torch, preferably headtorch
      • Neck pouch, money belt or hip bag for money, documents, passport, vaccination card
      • Photo equipment
      • Adapter
      • Alarm clock
      • Binoculars
      • Toiletry bag
      • Sunscreen with high sun protection factor
      • Mosquito repellent
      • Malaria prophylaxis (after consultation with your doctor)
      • First-aid kit
      • Water bottle

It is recommended that you have your regular vaccinations updated – tetanus, hepatitis A and B and polio. Malaria is a concern in some areas and we therefore recommend that some precautionary measures are taken. For more detailed information on prophylaxis and the effects as well as possible side effects, please contact your doctor, travel clinic or tropical institute.

Namibian custom officials require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.

Namibia’s climate can be extreme. In summer (November to February) it can be scorching in the interior and Namib Desert with temperatures of up to 50°C. This is also the rainy season and afternoon thunder showers can bring relief. In the northeast of the country, the summers are more humid. In winter (from May to September) the central plateau can be very cold at night with pleasant day time temperatures.

No smoking is allowed in the safari vehicle or in the rooms. While on the road, there will be frequent stops for smoking and bathroom breaks.

For most people it goes without saying that one has to comply with the laws and regulations of the country visited. Guests who do not comply, are responsible themselves for any consequences that might result. If any non-compliance has negative effects on the tour itinerary, continuous travel arrangements would be at one’s own account. Please accept that in such cases, refunds are not possible.

Please also comply with unwritten rules such as patience and courtesy towards government representatives and Namibians in general. Please always ask first before taking pictures of local people and respect their privacy.

When travelling anywhere, basic safety measures apply. Do not carry large sums of cash, be careful of your cameras, cell phones and jewellery and never leave valuables lying open in the safari vehicle. Carry cash and travel documents in a pouch on your body or leave in a lodge safe. Do not walk alone at night and be especially cautious when drawing money at an ATM. When in doubt, ask your guide.

Different safety measures apply when on a game drive in the bush. Always stay in the vehicle and only get out at designated picnic stops. Our safari vehicles have pop-up roofs to allow for safe photography – never get out of the vehicle to get closer to animals for a better photo. Wild animals can be dangerous, even if it does not look like it. Please do not feed the animals or remove plants, flowers, seeds or stones.

During a bush walk, do not approach the animals too closely just for the sake of a good photo and do not be loud as animals respond immediately to noise.

Always remember that your tour guide is a trained professional and knows the area well. For your safety (and that of the animals), follow the guide’s instructions at all times.

Voltage is 220 Volt and the South African plug with three round pins in a triangular pattern is used. The common two-pin plugs are not compatible and you will need an adapter. Our safari vehicles are equipped with 220 Volts electric sockets to charge cell phone and batteries while driving.

Should – against expectation – any problems arise while travelling, please speak to your guide right away. Only once your guide knows about problems of any kind, can these be rectified.

Speaking frankly will be to your advantage. If your objections are not met by immediate redress, please contact our office in Windhoek directly. We will do everything we can to rectify the situation immediately.

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