Please note the 2017 itinerary runs from April 2017 through to March 2018.
This Namibian Camping Safari is ideal for family travel. The driving distances between destinations have been kept to a minimum, with selected tour activities and destinations appealing to both adults and children.
Along the way, this Namibia Family Camping Safari uses camping accommodation, as well as two nights of fixed accommodation. Discover the best of Namibia, from spectacular deserts, to memorable cultural experiences and exciting wildlife adventures!
On day one of the Namibia Family Camping Safari you are collected between 08:00am and 08:30am in Windhoek.
Meet up with your fellow travellers and then hit the road, travelling south-west to the Namib Desert.
Passing over the Eros Mountains we take a scenic drive through Namibia.
Our journey also takes us via the Khomas Hochland range and beautiful Remhoogte Pass over part of the Naukluft Mountains, as we make our way from Namibia’s central plateau.
Leaving the mountains behind we travel onto the open plains of Namibia from where it is a short distance to our next stop, Solitaire. We pause to refuel and stock up on refreshments in this small town, before continuing to our nearby overnight camp.
We arrive at our Namib Desert camp, located outside the Namib Naukluft Park, in the late afternoon. Upon arrival there is usually time for a refreshing swim in the camp's pool and to catch the sun setting over the Naukluft Mountains. Enjoy a dinner prepared over the campfire, and relax under the African stars.
Please note that we camp about 48 km's from the Namib Naukluft Park.
We set off before dawn this morning, to catch the warm light of the sunrise over the desert. At sunrise we pass through Sesriem, the gateway to the desert dunes, driving into the heart of the dune fields.
A 5km walk through the desert dunes brings us to the iconic Sossusvlei itself.
This unique desert walk is done in the cool hours of the morning, as the soft sunlight shifts over the ochre-coloured dunes creating sharp contrasts of light and shadow across the desert landscape.
This part of the Namib is ideal for photography, with its ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and chance sightings of gemsbok and even ostrich.
We spend the morning exploring the Sossusvlei Dune area. We also visit the renowned landmark of Dune 45, before returning to Sesriem for lunch and a rest during the hottest part of the day.
In the late afternoon as the heat of the day subsides, we embark on a short trip to Sesriem Canyon. We then head back to our camp for a cool dip in the pool, followed by dinner in the evening.
An early morning start sees us driving north-west towards the coastal town of Swakopmund, on the Skeleton Coast.
Leaving the mesmerizing fields of dunes behind we travel back into the mountain deserts of Namibia.
We visit the N/a’an ku se Namib Conservation Centre near Solitaire en route. This 500 hectare Conservation Centre hosts an educational facility and wildlife tracking enclosures, and gathers carnivore surveillance data for the greater Namib area.
After our educational tour our journey takes us across the Tropic of Capricorn and over the Gaub and Kuiseb passes. We then descend to the dry river bed on the floor of the canyon before driving up the other side - a scenic drive through beautiful desert terrain.
Leaving the mountains we head across the stark Namib gravel plains, before reaching the coastal sand dunes of Walvis Bay. We stop for a picnic lunch next to the ocean and visit Walvis Bay lagoon to see the abundance of flamingos and other birds found there.
After lunch we complete the short remainder of our drive to Swakopmund, where you are free to relax and have some fun on your own or with the safari group.
In the morning we head to Walvis Bay for a dolphin cruise. Your guide takes you to meet the skipper for your catamaran cruise. The catamaran features a saloon, trampolines and deck area where you can enjoy snacks and drinks.
The dolphin cruise sets off from the Waterfront in Walvis Bay taking you into the scenic Bay, hosting a shipwreck, lighthouse and oyster platforms. Keep an eye out for seals, various birds and other marine life. Oyster tasting is included and your guide will share information about the area and the oysters of Walvis Bay along the way.
At the point of the bay, three dolphin species can be sighted - Heavyside Dolphins, Dusky Dolphins and Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales are also encountered in season, and even Killer Whales. Other marine animals found in the area include Mola Mola (Sunfish) and Leatherback Turtles.
The rest of day four is free for you to do whatever you choose, giving you time to do your own thing for a bit.
Swakopmund is Namibia's premier beach resort town with plenty of shops, a lovely beach (the icy Atlantic is not for the faint-hearted) and an open-air African curio and crafts market. Explore the lively town of Swakopmund visiting the local museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium.
Breakfast is the only meal included in the tour price, allowing as much flexibility as possible without set meal times during the day. This is a great chance to try out the excellent local cafes and restaurants in Swakopmund.
There is excellent seafood available in this coastal town and your tour guide will offer to arrange a group meal in one of the local restaurants in the evening.
Swakopmund is considered the Adventure Capital of Namibia, offering a variety of optional activities. These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (from the beach or by boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many more options.
Your safari guide will inform you of the activity options before you reach Swakopmund and offer to make advance bookings for you.
Please Note: All extra trips and activities in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are undertaken at the clients’ own risk and expense.
We depart from Swakopmund early in the morning, driving north along the Skeleton Coast.
Visit the seal colony at Cape Cross to see thousands of Cape Fur Seals on the rocky coast and in the cold water.
Veering inland we head east, moving back into desert terrain and on to an old mining town, called Uis. The remote little town of Uis, situated in the middle of nowhere, is one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones. Namibia is famous for its semi-precious stones and in Uis you can pick up rough Amethyst, Tourmaline and other stones at a bargain.
Next we head to Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m), which lies a short distance from Uis. Brandberg Mountain, a towering granite peak, is the spiritual site of ancient Bushmen.
Then we drive to the Twyfelfontein area, where we visit the Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes rock formations, and camp under starry African skies for the night.
Starting in the cool early hours of the morning, we travel west to visit the ancient Bushman rock art at Twyfelfontein. A local guide leads us on a short guided tour of the rock art sites.
We drive from Twyfelfontein to Outjo via Khorixas, stopping for fresh supplies, a quick coffee and some sticky cakes from the local bakery.
Then we continue our drive to Etosha National Park’s premier camp, Okaukuejo, where we spend our first two nights in this game-rich park. The area around Okaukuejo hosts some of the best watering holes in Etosha offering the best chances of sighting some Big Game. Etosha is the primary game viewing destination on this Namibia Family Camping Safari.
Game viewing drives are not the only way that we experience the abundance of African wildlife in Etosha Park. Okaukuejo is famous for its floodlit waterhole where you can watch game at night and in between game drives. The waterhole at Okaukuejo Camp has been described as offering one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa, with black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope often being sighted.
Today is spent game viewing in Etosha Park.
We again venture into the game park during the cooler hours of the early morning taking a game drive to Halali camp in the center of Etosha. We stop at various waterholes and admire the expansive Etosha Pan en route. Game viewing along this route is excellent and sightings usually include some new species, more often found in this part Etosha Park.
At Halali Camp we pause for lunch and some free time to visit the watering hole, take a swim in the pool and relax at the bar. After our rest at Halali we continue with our game drive, making our way through the bush to Namutoni Camp.
Reaching our camp before sunset there is time to sit back and enjoy more game viewing into the night at the floodlit waterhole.
Today we leave Etosha National Park, game viewing on our way out of the Eastern side of the game park. We travel south passing through farmlands on our way to Otjiwarongo.
We visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, taking a walking tour of their Educational Centre, Cheetah Museum, main facilities and animal clinic. The guided tour provides a great introduction to the cheetahs, wild dogs and livestock at the conservation centre. We also get to see the cheetahs feeding at set times.
After lunch we continue our journey, heading to the Waterberg Plateau, towering 200m over the surrounding African savannahs. The park covers some 405 km² of wilderness to the east of Otjiwarongo and the northeast of Windhoek.
The Waterberg Plateau is an oasis of colours, featuring orange-red rock formations between verdant woodlands and plains at the top and acacia trees on its lower slopes.
Waterberg Park was originally established in 1972 to provide a sanctuary for some of the rare and endangered species inhabiting the Kavango and Caprivi areas of Namibia. These animals include roan and sable antelopes, tsessebe and Cape Buffalos. The wilderness park is home to about 25 game species and more than 200 bird species today.
On the final day we travel south, stopping at Okahandja, where we have time to visit the largest wood carving market in Namibia. The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for authentic Namibian souvenirs.
Our diverse and fun-filled Namibia Family Camping Safari ends in Windhoek today.
This tour does take children.
Minimum age 5 years