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Namibia Highlights - Family holiday

Windhoek  – Sossusvlei  – Swakopmund  – Damaraland  – Etosha  – Central Highlands

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Unforgettable Family Holiday to Namibia

This Namibia Family Holiday takes in a wonderful array of the country's highlights and can be adapted to suit you.

Our Namibia Family Holiday itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements and any special interests. This particular sample itinerary is based on a family of four travelling together, with one child aged 12 or over, and one child younger than 12.

After a night in Windhoek, set off in your 4-wheel drive hire car to Corona Guest Farm, a fairly unusual property in an amazing setting. Food  here is incredible!.  Corona breaks the journey to Sossusvlei. Not far away from Corona, for genuinely interested people, is the HESS Telescope.

Travel then to Sossusvlei Lodge, positioned right at the entrance of the National Park. They have a well-run activity centre from which excursions can be booked including dune buggy jaunts and helicopter flips. 

The longest road stint on this itinerary will be from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund, but once you arrive in Swakopmund you'll find a myriad of family-friendly activities that you can arrange there - do ask us for details. In Swakopmund, our recommendation  is Cornerstone Apartments, a stone’s throw from the main beaches. They also have self-catering facilities, so this often-times eases up on the children's dinner and lunch requirements - especially if the kids are a little fedup with having to sit still in restaurants.  

Take a short drive inland to Spitzkoppe, arguably one of the most starkly beautiful areas in Namibia. We have never been able to sell it before because hitherto. there has only been a community- run campsite. Recently however, a local businessman discovered a water supply so a remarkable lodge was built. The area is rich in rock paintings, wildlife, birdlife and there is plenty of choice for self-guided walks among some amazing rock formations. Subject to availability, we can offer or arrange horse-riding excursions too.

From Spitzkoppe, travel to  incredible Etosha National Park, to stay at Etosha Village, the sister property to Sossusvlei Lodge. It is a solid,. family- orientated property near the entrance to Etosha National Park.  Finally, end your family holiday off with some Cheetah tracking or a San walk at Okonjima, home of AfriCat Foundation. 

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The itinerary…

Day 1: Fly to Windhoek

Take the overnight flight from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports to Johannesburg.

Day 2: Welcome to Namibia!

On arrival in Windhoek, you will be welcomed and transferred to Olive Grove to stay overnight in a twin and double room with breakfast included.

Day 3: A rural introduction: Gamsberg

Drive about 135km to Gamsberg, a scenically impressive area in the Namibian Central Highlands next to the Hakos Mountains. The 2.5km long x 800m flat-topped Gamsberg mountain itself, has an elevation of 2347 m. One of the three top venues for star gazing throughout the southern hemisphere. Stay overnight in Corona Guest Farm, half board.

Day 4: Swirling sand dunes - Sossusvlei

Drive to Sossusvlei (205km, about 3.5 hours) where you stay for two nights in Sossusvlei Lodge , half board. 

Sossusvlei Lodge is situated right at the entrance gate to Sesriem and Sossusvlei (Namib Naukluft Park).  Next to the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei Lodge offers luxurious accommodation in a superb location. Shaded by camelthorn trees, the lodge's eco-friendly design means it blends well into the desert surrounds.
A dip in the sparkling pool or an ice cold beer under the shady trees in the Acacia beer garden is a wonderful way to relax after a busy day. The al fresco terrace offers magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole where you can watch the passing parade of oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrels and hyenas, whilst enjoying exceptional food and wines. 

Day 5: Sossusvlei 

Explore the vastness of Namibia's unspoiled natural environment with the Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre. Choose from guided Sossusvlei trips, hot air ballooning, eco-friendly quad biking, nature drives, sundowner trips, bush dinners, guided sunset walks, archery, stargazing and scenic flights. (Activities are payable locally).

Day 6: Coastal respite: Swakopmund

Today's drive is the longest in your itinerary - to cover the 344km distance from Sesriem to Swakopmund will take roughly 5 - 6 hours. The roads are all gravel until you reach Walvis Bay where you might want to stop for the lagoon. Stay 2 nights in Cornerstone Guest House, breakfast included. 

Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast within easy walking distance of the sea and the town centre of Swakopmund. In a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town, Cornerstone offers the charm and intimacy of a family-run B&B with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel. Guests can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs.  All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms with large solar-assisted showers and modern fittings.

Day 7: Relax or go exploring: Swakopmund & surrounds

There's plenty to do in this coastal town: activities that can be arranged (payable locally) include Tommy's Living Desert Tours; kayaking; sand-boarding, quad-biking, Or you might want to go on a Walvis Bay Lagoon tour. Ask us for details.

Day 8: Something wonderfully different: Spitzkoppe

We're proud to introduce you today to one of the most unusual areas in Namibia - the starkly beautiful Spitzkoppe. Until the fairly recent discovery of a water source, staying here wasn't possible except for adventurous campers, but now the Spitzkoppen Lodge has been opened, allowing discerning travellers access to this incredible place. The 150km drive should take you about 2 hours to complete. 

In the breathtaking surrounds, see the massive communal nests of Sociable weavers; admire the prehistoric-looking Welwitschia plants, some of which are said to be 1,000 years old. The Spitzkoppe ("Matterhorn of Namibia") is nearly 700 million years old and is a group of granite peaks, or bornhardts  in the Namib Desert, between Usakos and Swakopmund . The highest outcrop rises about 1784 meters (5857 feet).. Another, Little Spitzkoppe measures 1584 metres a.s.l. 

Day 9: Almost like a sci-fi movie set: Spitzkoppe

Your accommodation is on the northern periphery of the Spitzkoppe inselberg, between huge granite boulders, with breath-taking views onto the Brandberg and Erongo Mountains. The stylish, private accommodation consists of 15 spacious, tastefully furnished chalets, each with private bathroom and outside viewing deck which connects the guest with the vast stretches of untouched sand and boulders beyond

Guided tours to archaeological sites can be arranged at the lodge. Or, ask to arrange a crystal tour to the small-scale miners. There is an archaeological trail (geology and ecology) as well as horse riding with the option to overnight under the stars, photographic guided tours, cycling tours, or abseiling with a professional guide. (Book the latter well in advance).

Day 10: Namibia's premier wildlife hotspot: Etosha

The 305km journey today from Erongo to Etosha will take about 4 hours to complete.  You'll be based for two nights at Etosha Village, about 4 km south of the Andersson Gate. Etosha Village combines affordability with comfort and style in a private reserve adjacent to the Etosha National Park. Its 40 accommodation units incorporate traditional style elements; there are three restaurant seating areas, a bar, two sparkling pools and a children's pool.

Day 11: A wildlife bonanza!

Be amazed today while you slowly drive around Etosha National Park - or, just wait near busy waterholes, for wildlife to arrive. Birdlife is abundant. The park never fails to impress! 

Day 12: A final treat: Okonjima and AfriCat

The  271km drive from Okaukuejo to Okonjima will take you about 3.5 - 4 hours. Otjiwarongo along the way, is a good place for re-fuelling and snacks. You'll know you are near Okonjima when you see large Cheetah signs for the world renowned AfriCat Foundation. Your accommodation for your last night in-country, is Okonjima Plains Camp, half board.

Day 13: Back to Windhoek

Drive back to Hosea Kutako International Airport at Windhoek this morning (drive time 3 hours) to return your hire car and check in 2 hours prior to the departure of your flight back to Johannesburg, where you check in for the overnight flight to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports.

Day 14: Arrival in UK

Arrive in London Hearhrow (or selected other UK airports) in the early morning.

Duration: 13 nights

Location: Namibia , Africa Holidays

Price: £2765pp

Price for this holiday based on a family of 4 travelling together is from £11,050 for the whole family. This includes:

* Return economy class international flights from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports to Windhoek via Johannesburg

* Airport taxes

* Airport facilitation

* Hire Car (Group W Ford Ranger Double Cab or similar)

* All accommodation as per itinerary based on a family of four staying in a double and twin room (for this sample itinerary, one child is under 12, the other is 12 or older)

* Meals as indicated.