Namibia offers a boundless playground for active families, framed by surreal landscapes and bursting with unique experiences. Each local resident provides an exciting new perspective, from distinct ancient tribes that open their homes, to Black rhinos and Africa's unforgettable wild game. Carefully crafted for the intrepid family, this itinerary blends together Namibia’s once in a lifetime experiences, serving up a customized feast of enchantment, adventure, and fun.
Swakopmund - A Charming Introduction
Landing in Swakopmund provides a glimpse of what’s to come. The Atlantic Ocean shimmers blue on one side, chameleonic sand dunes flicker to the other, and a cute colonial oasis provides your base for the next four days. Swakopmund ensures you can gently ease into Namibia’s expressions of wilderness and space. Think of it as a halfway post, the collection of fine restaurants and charming shops providing some similarities with home. However, one look out of the window and you’ll immediately know that you’ve landed in rugged Africa, the sand dunes towering in the distance and the sunset smoldering into the ocean. You’ll land at Walvis Bay International Airport and be met by your local guide. From here it’s a one hour drive to Swakopmund.
Swakopmund - Sand Boarding Down the World’s Highest Sand Dune
Swakopmund - Kayaking With Seals on the Skeleton Coast
Swakopmund - A Thrilling Micro Flight over the Namib Desert
Day 5 - 6
Damaraland - Mountain Biking and Hiking
Damaraland - Following the Elephant and Rhino Trail
Day 8 - 10
Etosha - Spectacular Safari Experiences
Day 11 - 12
Etosha - Tribal Encounters With San Bushmen
Windhoek - Return to a Leisurely Day in Windhoek
Windhoek - Departure from Namibia
- Take spectacular safari adventures through Etosha National Park, game drives bringing precocious intimacy with predatory cats, Black rhinos, and Africa’s famed big game
- Head out on a thrilling adventure on the trail of wild desert elephants, tracking the great pachyderms in one of the planet’s most remote landscapes
- Kayak with thousands of Cape fur seals and enjoy personal encounters with these wonderful characters
- Board a Cessna 210 and take a thrilling micro flight over Africa’s largest national park, ogling at the shimmering red dunes of Namib Naukluft
- Sandboard and drive ATV’s on the world’s highest sand dunes, just one highlight from your time in Swakopmund.
- Spend a day with an indigenous San Bushmen tribe, learning about survival in the wilderness and how to track animals on foot.
- Mountain bike and hike through the endless landscapes of Damaraland, the sheer impressions of space perfect for adventurous teenagers
- Enjoy tailored family adventures throughout, with your guide expertly providing exciting activities for the children whenever the adults want some time to relax
Well off the beaten track and teeming with new experiences, Namibia provides a stunning adventure for active families. Shimmering landscapes provide the backdrop, each flaunting a boundless impression of space and natural grandeur. Inimitable experiences can be found all over the country, from meeting indigenous tribes to stunning safari adventure, sand boarding down the world’s highest dunes to mountain biking through elephant country. Despite the wild, rugged feel of Namibia, destinations on this itinerary are relatively close together, minimizing the hours on the road. Expert guides tailor the adventures, keeping the children occupied if the adults need some quiet time, and unveiling Namibia from a customized perspective. Each destination is designed to individually thrill and charm, and this whole vacation is about unforgettable opportunities for the family to have an adventure together.
You start in Swakopmund, the coastal colonial town providing a base for four days of unique experiences. Head out to the desert and the world’s highest sand dune, a combination of ATV and sand board providing the best ways to explore. Kayak alongside Cape fur seals, then enjoy a private family micro flight over the exquisite Namib Naukluft Desert, Africa’s largest national park unveiled from a Cessna 210 that swoops over the dunes. Head north and hit the elephant trail, the jaw dropping landscapes of Damaraland providing a thousand new adventures. Throughout this handcrafted vacation, your guide will tailor the experience dependent on energy levels and personal preferences. For example, if you want to relax at the lodge, he can entertain the teenagers with bush walks or mountain bike trails. Or the morning’s activity may be tailored around the family’s adoration for elephants.
Damaraland epitomizes the endless choice of Namibia. Hundreds of trails provide a playground of choice, from mountain biking alongside antelope herds to game drives in search of elephants, or easy hikes that provide ethereal panoramas over Namibia. Three days of stunning safari follow, Etosha National Park oozing charm and liberally coated in drama. It’s not difficult to find the wildlife; everything on four legs will be drinking from the waterhole in front of your family rondavel. Game drives elevate the intimacy, and three days should bring all the big cats, Black and White rhinos, immense elephant herds, and an eclectic bunch of new characters that frolic before your camera. Few family activities can match a premier Namibian safari vacation; the close wildlife encounters leaving both children and parents spellbound.
Namibia is blissfully short on other tourists, something that has enabled indigenous tribes to maintain their ancient lifestyle. Spending two days with a San Bushmen community is a humbling experience, and despite the spoken language barrier, new friendships are often forged with children in the tribe. Their lifestyle couldn’t be any more different than home, and it’s a wonderful way for your children to experience a new perspective. Discover how to survive in the wilderness, try out Bushmen clothes, practice archery, and learn how to track wild game on foot. From here you journey to capital city Windhoek for your outbound flight.
All activities and parts of this itinerary are customizable. This itinerary includes an experienced local guide and driver who take you between destinations. Some families may choose to make this a self-drive vacation.
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$8,185 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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