Namibia Family Safari

Windhoek to Livingstone

       

Namibia Family Safari

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: US$ 2,235 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Windhoek

Safari Ends: Livingstone Number of Days: 15
Countries visited: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
Click here for Departure Dates Vehicles, Guides & Equipment Booking Code: AFFNZ

Safari Price Includes:

14 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners National Park Entrance Fees as per Itinerary
All Activities and Entrance fees as per Itinerary
Fully Escorted Tour
Local Tour Guide and Camp Assistant/Cook
Cheetah Park Entry and Cheetah Walk Etosha National Park
Chobe Boat Cruise

Safari Price Excludes:

Flights
Visa
Tips
Souvenirs
Optional activities and all drinks and items of a personal nature.

Namibia Family Safari

Namibia - A glorious desert kingdom of contrasting landscapes. The Namib desert is said to be the oldest in the world, with towering dunes and vast awe-inspiring unconfined horizons. It is a land of compelling beauty, ancient plant life and abundant game, and a rich kaleidoscope of colour, light and shade. Explore Namibia with us as we travel from Windhoek through the sand dunes of Sesriem National Park to Swakopmund, the activity centre of the country. A visit to the seals and a walk with cheetahs takes us to Etosha National Park with its vast array of wildlife and huge herds of elephants. Then on to Botswana with its famous Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park ,and vast salt flats. And finally the mighty Victoria Falls - the smoke that thunders - our end point on this action-packed family adventure.

Namibia Family Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek Hotel  

The pre-departure meeting is held at 6pm at the joining hotel, to meet your tour leader and your fellow travellers. After the meeting you are free to dine at one of Windhoek's popular restaurants.
Depending on your arrival time today, you may have time to spend leisurely exploring Namibia’s capital Windhoek. The attractive town of Windhoek lies at an altitude of 1650 meters in a beautiful valley bordered by the Eros Mountains in the north and the Auas mountains in the south. Towards the west stretches the Khomas Highland, to the Namib, and the coast. Windhoek combines the modern city architectural style with that of the German colonial era.


Day 2:

Sesriem National Park

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we take a leisurely and highly scenic drive of about 240kms through to our camp site in Sesriem, gateway to Sossusvlei and the sand dune sea. This evening we camp in our tents in the national park campsite.


Day 3:

Sesriem

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A very early start is rewarded with a stunning sunrise over the worlds largest sand dunes in Sossusvlei. Climb Dune 45, taking your camera with you to capture some amazing shots. Animals in the area range from the orex through to the dancing spider and the golden mole. We return to the camp for lunch and a dip in the pool. Later as the afternoon cools we visit the Sesriem canyon. Again we camp in our tents.


Day 4:

Swakopmund

Lodge Breakfast

We take a five hour drive through high mountain passes and open desert plains to the coast where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Namib desert, to Swakopmund. Explore the town in the afternoon and plan for the next days activities. Our evenings accommodation a Lodge or similar.
The town of Swakopmund is situated on the Atlantic Ocean and is a German colonial town in the middle of a desert. It has some wonderful old German buildings of which one of the most beautiful is the prison (it is still used as a prison).
The town itself is generally cool as it is covered by a mist created by the cold air off the Atlantic mixing with the hot air of the desert.
There are lots of optional excursions available in Swakopmund including venturing over the sand dunes in a beach buggy or on a quad bike, sand boarding, scenic flights & skydiving, game fishing or you can take a fantastic cultural tour of the nearby township area. The town itself proves popular on our tours and don't forget to enjoy the authentic German bakery.


Day 5: Swakopmund Lodge Breakfast

After breakfast you have a free day in Swakopmund to sample some of the many optional activities available to you and you will probably return exhausted but happy to the lodge.


Day 6:

Otijitotongwe Cheetah Park

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Swakopmund we drive 2 hours to the Cape Cross seal colony which is home 20,000 to 100,000 (depending on the season) cape fur seals. Regardless of the season, it is always possible to get a close look at lots of seals. We then travel onwards to the Otjitotongwe Cheetah Sanctuary. Viewing the Cheetahs as they are fed allows fantastic photo opportunities. This evening is spent in our tents at the Cheetah Park campsite.
Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park. What makes this farm unique from other farms in the region is that this farmer has allocated 2,000 acres of the family property as a sanctuary for cheetah. This has not really endeared them to all their neighbours who view the cheetah as vermin and a real threat to their livestock; hence the area is fenced off. It is rare to get so close to them anywhere else.
Highlights include his over excitable son feeding them by hand (something that shouldn’t be missed, while he still has a hand) and sitting amongst the few that are hand reared and therefore tame. These young tame cheetahs were abandoned when they were young and consequently cannot be let to run with the other cheetah. They usually allow us 30 minutes with these animals and it is quite an experience to have cheetah walking amongst us.


Day 7: Etosha National Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we take a drive to Etosha National Park. The name, meaning 'Great White Place of Dry Water', describes perfectly this vast pan that seasonally floods bringing life to this very arid region. This Park is one of Africa’s largest (roughly the size of Wales). It has some very good facilities and a very good network of roads and waterholes, which enables good game viewing.
The park contains 114 mammal species as well as over 340 bird species. We spend these days exploring by vehicle the park of over 23000 sq kms, and evenings at the campsite viewing the action at the floodlit waterholes. In the heat of the day we can relax and cool off in the camp area swimming pool.


Day 8: Etosha National Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 7 for Itinerary


Day 9: Rundu Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we leave Etosha National Park behind us, and set off towards Rundu and the Caprivi Area on our way to Botswana. We camp tonight at Rundu at a local campsite.


Day 10: Maun Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we cross the border into Botswana and drive to Maun - gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun is a bustling frontier town and after setting up camp at the beautiful Sitatunga Campsite, we have a relaxing afternoon at the swimming pool and (time permitting) we can take an optional visit to the properties commercial crocodile farm. The campsite we generally use has a pool, bar and restaurant.


Day 11: Okavango Delta day trip Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we take a relaxing drive into the Okavango Delta and you will be amazed as the desert transforms to delta before your eyes. At the river we meet the guides and Mokoro polers who will be your hosts for the day, and you then continue on by traditional wooden dugout canoe or ‘Mokoro’. Gliding along the pristine channels, the guides will stop the mokoros along the journey to point out things of interest and to discuss animal behaviour.
The Mokoros travel up the channels that are created during the dry season when the wild animals walk in herds in a straight line, creating trails that are devoid of vegetation. When these areas flood they fill with water and form channels suitable for the Mokoros. Quite often the channels are still used by wild animals, especially wandering elephant and herds of water loving antelope such as red lechwe. The channels divide the Delta into small islands.
Your guide will find a large tree for you to relax under while lunch is prepared. Following lunch, in the lazy heat of the afternoon you can cool off in the river, perhaps ask your guides if they can teach you how to pole their Mokoro’s, but be prepared for an unexpected swim….
Your guides will then organise you back in your Mokoros and you will cruise back down the crystal clear channels of the Boro to your pick up point. After farewells to your guides and polers we transfer you back to Sitatunga Camp.


Day 12: Makgadikagadi Pans Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a leisurely breakfast we take a later start to the day and head towards the shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi. The pans are the size of Switzerland and most of the time, appear as white, endless plains.
We head out on the pans for a night of wild bush camping in this expansive wilderness and catch a magnificent sunset.


Day 13: Chobe National Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Up early for sunrise over the pans and then we head to Kasane in time for an afternoon boat cruise in the Chobe National Park. The Cruise is approximately 3 hours and follows the Chobe River as it flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant and hippos in Africa. At the end of the cruise we return to the campground for dinner and to discuss todays adventures.


Day 14: Livingstone   Breakfast, Lunch

This morning we have an early morning game drive in Chobe National Park.
Then we cross the mighty Zambezi River by ferry and into Zambia. We undertake border procedures at the Kasengula Border as we depart Botswana and enter Zambia, and then continue on towards the historical town of Livingstone where we camp on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Enjoy a spectacular walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the "Mosi oa Tunya" or "the smoke that thunders" - Victoria Falls. There are opportunities here to do many varied activities.
You may wish to book some post tour accommodation to give you more time to take some of the many optional activities before you depart from Livingstone.


Day 15: Livingstone   Breakfast

The tour ends after breakfast in Livingstone.


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