Go on a wonderful family adventure to Namibia. Safari, dunes, horse riding, leopard tracking and kayaking. An adventure for the whole family, even beginners can join the horse ride with a night in a tent in the desert! A very varied trip for the whole family in wonderful Namibia.
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FAMILY ADVENTURE TO NAMIBIA
Upon arrival at the airport in Windhoek, you will be greeted with a nameplate. There is an ATM / ATM and exchange office at the airport and here you can exchange / withdraw money. It is also possible to withdraw money inside the city, but they are not always open or functional.
From the airport it takes about 45 minutes, a transfer where you can enjoy the scenery!
According to Countryaah, Windhoek is the capital of Namibia and today we go in a southwesterly direction where the landscape changes from the savannah bush to high dunes and here is the oldest desert on earth. We will cross Capricorn’s tropics – a photo on the sign is almost mandatory!
For those who want to experience a little more adventure, Desert Homestead offers a unique experience where guests can ride out in the private reserve with an overnight stay out in nature. The reserve is located between the majestic red sands of the Namib Desert and the rugged Naukluft Mountains. From the horseback we will experience an unforgettable nature from soft sandy open fields to rocky mountain roads and through dry river beds.
The riding takes place at a comfortable pace. Slower riders can ride calmly while the more experienced rider can enjoy galloping across the grassy plain. After seeing the majestic sunset over the mountains, it’s time to kick off your riding boots and enjoy the Namibian night sky in the tent camp.
After a night in a tent, we wake up to the smell of coffee, bacon and eggs. Enjoy breakfast while the horses get ready for another day of adventure.
Beginners are just as welcome to take part in this adventure as more experienced riders.
“Desert Experience” starts early in the morning and has tours with horseback riding and an overnight stay in a tent. We start early in the morning from Desert Homestead and we ride for about three hours through the savannah and over the mountains. When the day is the hottest, we take a lunch break at Desert Homestead Outpost. Here we can enjoy lunch, a moment of rest and for those who want to cool off, there is a pool to dip in. Then we continue in the afternoon for about 3 more hours before we reach our tent camp.
Today we leave the red dunes and continue towards the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund. On the way we will eventually stop at Solitaire which is world famous for its apple pie and we will pass over the Kuiseb Pass.
Swakopmund looks like a Bavarian village located right in the Namibian desert.
Eco Marine offers a magical kayaking experience on the beautiful lagoon in the surrounding waters of Walvis Bay, Namibia. The spectacular bird life will fascinate and captivate both nature lovers and photographers. Walvis Bay is a precious gem framed by desert and ocean. Jeanne Meintjes, owner and operator of Eco Marine Kayak Tours, personally guides each tour and emphasizes both safety and enjoyment.
We will meet Jeanne in Walvis Bay at 8am at the Fishing Club / Dolphin’s Cafe on Atlantic Street. Jeanne will contact you the night before and confirm the exact meeting time which may be a little later in the winter. The meeting place is next to the yacht club and here you can park your car safely. From here you get a transfer from Jeanne to Pelican Point, a drive of about 40 km on a scenic road that can usually feel as rewarding as the actual kayaking trip.
Jeanne gives us everything we may need for this trip, including waterproof clothing, a bag for your camera, snacks and drinks. Jeanne will take plenty of pictures which she will then share via email.
We’re back in Walvis Bay around 12: 30-13: 00.
Today we will drive along the Skeleton Coast to the town of Henties Bay and from here we will drive inland towards one of the most geographically diverse regions in Namibia, Twyfelfontein.
“The Gates of Hell” was the name of this treacherous stretch of coastline by early Portuguese sailors.
When we go inland we will see Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg.
Today we drive even further inland, leaving a dry landscape in western Namibia and arriving at a greener and more fertile landscape and one of the largest nature reserves in the world, Etosha National Park. The park is home to 114 mammals, including 4 of the “Big Five” (elephant, rhino, lion and leopard).
Along the way to Etosha, those who like can take a small detour via the city of Outjo, to try some of the city’s delicious bakery offerings.
Etosha, meaning “Great White Place”, is dominated by a massive mineral boiler. The boiler is part of the Kalahari Basin, whose floor was formed about 1000 million years ago. Etosha Pan covers about 25% of the national park. This boiler was originally a lake fed by the Kunene river which is now dried up and consists of salt and clay, when it rains it fills up but dries quickly again. During the short time that the temporary water is in Etosha Pan, thousands of waders are attracted.
To enter Etosha National Park, you must pay a park fee of NAD 250 (Namibian dollars) per person per day and NAD 50 per vehicle. Children under the age of 16 may pay 100 NAD. The fee is charged per 24-hour period and can unfortunately not be paid in advance. Okaukuejo, Halali & Namutoni are three rest camps that have a restaurant, small shop and gas station.
If you live inside Etosha National Park, a deposit of NAD 500 will be paid, which will be refunded when you check out.
Etosha National Park opens its gates at sunrise and closes at sunset. At the entrance gates there are large bells that indicate the opening and closing times that change with the seasons. The speed limit inside the park is 60 km / h so be sure to plan your drive through the park. Many of the roads have steep edges and wild animals can run across the road so remember to drive carefully!
Today it is a relatively short drive, via the cities of Outjo and Otjiwarongo. South of the city of Otjiwarongo you need to keep an eye on the cheetah that is in the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
Today we are looking for the leopard in the Okonjima Nature Reserve, however, these cats are very shy of people so there are no guarantees we will see it.
After all these memorable days, it’s time to check out. At the airport you return the rental car. From Okonjima Plains Camp to the city it takes about 45 minutes and remember to also be at the airport no later than 2 hours before check-in so plan your drive and be out well in advance!