Family Adventure Safari - Camping
Duration: 14 days
We have taken special consideration of the needs of children and teenagers on this safari. As a parent you will naturally also get your money’s worth, and you will experience a family holiday to remember for years to come.
For the children this means:
For the parents this means:
Day 1: Swakopmund – Arrive at Walvis Bay Airport where you will be met with your hire car and transferred to Swakopmund for your full tour briefing. Swakopmund is a fascinating and intriguing town, complete with German architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well maintained gardens and palm lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants. In addition there are many adventure activities such as sand boarding, sky diving, fishing & quad biking which can be arranged prior to arrival.
Days 2 & 3: Sesriem / Sossusvlei – After breakfast you should get your shopping done and pack your gear for the camping adventure ahead. The drive should take approximately 5 hours and you will arrive in the afternoon. The world’s highest dunes, beautiful sunsets, combined with the indigenous fauna and flora will leave an unforgettable impression on you. Wake early the next morning for the magnificent sunrise drive to Sossusvlei. Explore the dunes around the salt pan of Sossusvlei, and maybe walk across the sand to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees and a photographers dream.
Day 4: Windhoek – Today you drive to our capital city. Take in a township tour and enjoy curio shopping, and in the evening be sure to experience the famous Joe's Beerhouse for a truly unique dining experience.
Day 5 & 6: Okonjima – Nestled among the Omboroko Mountains lies Okonjima – a Herero name meaning Place of the Baboons. This is much more than just a lodge. Okonjima is the home of The AfriCat Foundation, the ‘World’s Largest Cheetah and Leopard Rescue and Release Programme’. Since 1993 AfriCat has rescued over 1 000 cheetahs and leopards on Namibian farmland. Over 86% of these have been returned to the wild. Okonjima offers top class ecotourism and close encounters with both wild and rehabilitated big cats – encounters which can change the lives of both the visitors and the animals.
Day 7, 8 & 9: Etosha National Park – You will spend 3 nights at Etosha allowing for amazing game viewing. It is really worth waking early and heading out on your game drive as soon as the gates open at sunrise. Animals are most active in the cool of the day (early morning & late afternoon) and in order to maximise your chances of good viewings it is worth imitating their behaviour. The roads in Etosha are unsealed gravel roads but are in reasonable condition. The heat of the day is best spent relaxing next to the swimming pool (factor 40+ sunscreen is imperitive with lots of drinking water and a hat). Or you could sit quietly in the shade of a Camelthorn Tree and wait for animals to come down to the waterhole. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds of the birds in the trees; look out for friendly little ground squirrels who will beg for a few bread crumbs.
Day 10 & 11: Twyfelfontein –Twyfelfontein is a World Heritage Site and has many examples of ancient San rock art, and a local guide can escort you on an excursion to see these. The ‘Burnt Mountain’ is an interesting area of volcanic rock and is also close by, as are the dolomite ‘organ pipes’. Nature drives offer an excellent opportunity to see the mountain zebra and the desert elephants which are unique to this arid region. A visit to a local Damara village is a cultural excursion not to be missed.
Day 12 & 13: Swakopmund – Sightseeing flights over the Skeleton Coast, the Namib Desert or Damaraland are offered. One can also ride into the crater landscape on horseback, sandboard down the dunes, do tandem parachute jumps or even go hot-air ballooning over the Namib Desert. Other exciting activities include quad-biking in the dunes or a Catamaran cruise to see seals and dolphins (highly recommended). Bookings for activities and excursions can be arranged by Barefoot. In the evenings you can visit any of several restaurants with excellent fish and German style dishes – my personal favorites are the Brauhaus Restaurant which has authentic German food and atmosphere, The Tug Restaurant which is situated right on the ocean’s edge, and the Jetty Restaurant which is at the end of Swakopmund’s famous jetty and offers wonderful sushi and other delicious meals. To avoid disappointment reservations should be made in advance.
Day 14: Departure – Return to the airport in Walvis Bay and hand in your hired vehicle.
PLEASE NOTE: Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours!