October 7, 2015
Family Namibia Self-Drive
Written By Admin
This self-drive family friendly accommodated safari inclusive of zero excess 4×4 air-conditioned Hilux, accommodation in 3 star lodges, chalets or guest houses on the meal basis stated, route map & 24 hour support.
The highlights of this tour include: Waterberg, Etosha National Park, Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sesriem, Sossusvlei
Day 1: Windhoek
River Crossing is located on the road to Hosea Kutako International Airport near Windhoek. The lodge features 20 private chalets with magnificent views of the Auas Mountains. It also offers a full range of spa treatments with which to pamper yourself before your safari begins. The lodge is located approximately 3km outside town on the airport road, and each gorgeous chalet is situated on top of a ‘koppie’, or small hill. Dinners are offered, or guests can take order a taxi into town to experience one of the many Windhoek restaurants. Your hire vehicle will be delivered this afternoon. River Crossing aims to be as child friendly as possible. Horse riding in this wildlife rich area can be arranged. Breakfast included.
Day 2: Waterberg Plateau
This area is dominated by an impressive, sandstone plateau with many self-guided walking trails and a beautiful spring-fed swimming pool. The porous nature of the sandstone allows many natural springs to rise through the plateau, accounting for the lush vegetation, which characterises the area. The plateau summit is home to many rare species including rhino, leopard & roan antelope which can be visited with National Park guides and vehicles only and can be booked as an optional activity upon arrival. There is also a restaurant and small shop here.
The National Park chalets at Waterberg are situated mid way up the 200m escarpment that represents Waterberg Plateau, towering above the surrounding countryside. Accommodation is provided in comfortable premier bush chalets, two and four bed bush chalets and double rooms, all nestled along the base of the Waterberg Plateau cliffs amongst towering trees. Breakfast included.
Day 3: Eastern Etosha
This quiet and well positioned lodge offers nineteen air-conditioned thatched bungalows, one family room, a campsite, swimming pool and open restaurant. The bird life in this area is outstanding with over 300 species having been recorded. The farm is also home to the largest breeding colony of white-backed vulture in Namibia.
Etosha in general offers excellent game viewing opportunities while simply driving. The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan, and many water holes exist, joined by a network of well maintained gravel roads to enable visitors the best chances of seeing the many inhabitants of Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve. Species present in the Park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe & zebra in addition to many antelope and bird species. Dinner & breakfast included.
Days 4 & 5: Central Etosha
Spend today making your way slowly across the Park to the western most rest camp of Okaukuejo. You may like to stop at the central, Halali camp for lunch and a rest during the heat of midday before continuing later this afternoon.
Spend the evening relaxing with a drink at one of the seats overlooking the floodlit waterhole. Watch the theatre unfold as predators and prey alike take their place in the shadows for the chance to get a refreshing drink.
Namibia Wildlife Resorts is now offering, for the first time in the 100 year history of the park, guided day & night drives from the three rest camps. These drives, and especially the night excursions, provide visitors with an opportunity to experience an entirely different side of Etosha’s wildlife treasures. All guided drives are conducted in specially modified land-rovers and the experienced guides will help you discover the wonders of nature, both large & small. Breakfast included.
Days 6 & 7: Damaraland
Continue your journey this morning, driving towards Damaraland via Outjo & Khorixas.
You may like to take a look at the Petrified Forest on your way, a bizarre collection of largely intact gymnosperm trees that have been preserved and transformed into stone by ongoing anaerobic conditions.
Relax and unwind at Camp Kipwe – the mountain views from here are breathtaking as are the stunning sunsets. There is also a swimming pool and a laundry service.
Accommodation is in 8 igloo-shaped double bungalows, allowing a maximum of 16 guests at a time, emphasizing the peace and quiet of the camp. Outside each bungalow is an en-suite bathroom with a shower, as well as a private veranda, overlooking the surrounding plains. They all have an in-room safe.
Optional activities include elephant nature drives lasting 3-6 hours, starting in the morning. These guided trips include exploring the surrounding area in a 4×4 vehicle, in search of Namibia’s remaining 600 desert dwelling elephant. Dinner & breakfast included.
Days 8 – 10: Swakopmund
Drive onwards to the coast this morning. If time allows, you may like to make a detour to Cape Cross fur seal colony where as many as 100,000 individuals may be seen during breeding season.
Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town, complete with German half wooden architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well maintained gardens and palm lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants.
Sandfields Guesthouse is a small, up market establishment with 5 double/twin rooms, all with en suite bathrooms. Two of the rooms can also accommodate 3 adults in triple rooms and are ideal for families. Children of all ages are welcome. Sandfields is only 2 blocks from the sea and a 5 minute drive from town centre.
On day 9 you will enjoy a morning boat cruise from Walvis Bay. This trip takes around 4 hours and will introduce you to the fauna of Namibia’s coast, including many water bids (flamingos, pelican & cormorants included), playful Cape fur seals & hopefully dolphins. Before heading back to the jetty you will enjoy fresh oysters, snacks and sparkling wine. On day 10 you will enjoy an inclusive half day Living Desert tour to explore the dunes just outside Swakopmund in search of the many tiny creatures that make this area their home. Here you may find fascinating chameleons, skinks, snakes, lizards, beetles and spiders! Breakfast included.
Days 11 & 12: Sossusvlei & Sesriem
Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert, near to Sesriem and Sossusvlei. The lodge is surrounded by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft mountains with views of the distant dunes in the west.
On the morning of day 12 you can wake early and drive into the National Park area of Sesriem and onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from the Park entrance. The entrance opens at sunrise and this is the best time of day to see the dunes. The desert can be extremely hot in the middle of the day, so please remember plenty of water, a hat and good walking shoes! Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, and maybe take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes. Return to Sesriem and perhaps take a look at Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge.
Day 13: Gamsberg Pass
Corona is situated just off the C26, on the D1438 halfway between Windhoek and Walvis Bay. Surrounded by a mountain range, Corona is positioned right in the centre of a plateau at the foot of the imposing “Gamsberg”, at 2347 metres being one of the highest mountains in Namibia. Corona offers its guests pleasant accommodation in 4 deluxe family-sized suites as well as 6 well-appointed double rooms and 4 luxury safari tents, each having a private and individually decorated bathroom. The lodge offers verandas, cool lounges, a small bar plus separate television lounge, reading corner, and the refreshing pool where visitors can devote themselves to sunbathing or lounging in the shade beneath ancient jacaranda trees. Activities include an optional sundowner nature drive.
Day 14: Depart
Return to Windhoek today, a drive of approximately 3.5 hours, in time to connect with your onward flight.
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