Family Adventure - 15 days
2 - 14 people
Upon arrival guests will be met and assisted by an Abenteuer Afrika representative before beginning the drive to their first destination, Okambara Elephant Lodge.
Okambara Elephant Lodge
East of Windhoek, Okambara Elephant Lodge is tucked into the African bush and savannah landscape. The main building, Okambara Fort, with its four towers is reminiscent of a Victorian castle. Accommodation is in comfortable and spacious en-suite chalets. A family unit is also available. Summer meals are usually served on the terrace from where guests can observe the animals at the waterhole. Other facilities of the lodge include a swimming pool and a carnivore enclosure with cheetahs and leopards. The beautiful scenery of the 15 000 ha farm reserve can also be explored on a hike or on a nature drive. Elephants, rhinos, giraffes, hyenas, cheetahs, various antelopes, zebra and ostrich can all be observed. Saddle horses are available for children – as well as for adults! In addition, there are donkey cart rides or breathtaking night walks.
Overnight: Okambara Elephant lodge on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis
After breakfast at the lodge, enjoy a leisurely drive to the edge of the Kalahari Desert, and Kalahari Anib Lodge.
Kalahari Anib Lodge
Anib Lodge lies on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, 34 kilometers from Mariental. To the east of Anib Lodge lie large pans that collect water during the rainy season which interrupt the endless red dunes of the Kalahari. In this desert setting, one can enjoy excellent bird and game watching. Set in the middle of a lush garden, with big trees and huge palms, the Lodge is a great getaway for tourists and travelers alike especially when travelling to and from South Africa.
Overnight: Kalahari Anib Lodge on a Bed and Breakfast basis
If you are looking for world records you have to see the Kalahari: it holds no less than four of them. It is the largest continuous stretch of sand on the planet. The landscape is characterized by red sand dunes which reach a height of about 15-30 meters and extend over hundreds of kilometers. Chains of dunes run parallel to one another, with considerable distances between them. Now and then pans can be found in the valleys. After good rains they fill up with water but rapidly dry up again.
The red crests of the dunes contrast picturesquely with the blue sky above and the yellow grass in the wide dune valleys, while acacias add shades of dark green to the amazing symphony of colours.
This magnificent scenery is inhabited by animals like gemsbok, springbok, jackal and bat-eared fox.
And speaking of world records again: many camel thorn trees lend support to huge weaver bird nesting colonies – the largest nests on earth. In the dune valleys the heaviest flying bird, the Kori bustard, and the largest flightless bird, the ostrich, are found.
Today, you will drive further into the heart of the Namib Desert to the Namib Desert Lodge. On the way, you might wish to visit Duwisib Castle, a castle fortress built in the hills of southern Namibia by Baron Captain Hans Heinrich von Wolf for his wife.
Namib Desert Lodge
Namib Desert Lodge sits at the food of a red sandstone cliff, the ‘fossilized’ dunes of the protomorphic Namib. Situated just north of Sesriem, the gateway to famous Sossusvlei, the Namib Desert Lodge is an ideal starting point for an excursion to the highest dunes in the world. Among tall trees and palms are 21 en suite rooms, a restaurant and swimming pool, all of which invite you to linger and relax, Join a drive through the magnificent scenery or simply enjoy the thrill of Gemsbok and Springbok frequenting the illuminated watering hole after dusk.
Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Sossusvlei, Namibia’s famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at 300 meters high, some of the highest in the world.
At the entry to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down 30 to 40m, are pools that become replenished after good rains. Sesriem derives its name from the time when early pioneers tied six lengths of rawhide thongs together to draw water from the pools. Interesting to see are the various layers of sediment rock that form the surrounding desert floor.
After breakfast, your journey continues to Namibia’s Coastal Jewel: Swakopmund. On your way you will drive through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons. Prior to reaching Swakopmund, you will drive by Walvis Bay.
The only Hotel situated directly on the beach! Enjoy the magnificent view of the sea from each room, listen to the waves and smell the fresh sea breeze. About 5km from the centre of Swakopmund, Beach Lodge offers 19 rooms in different configurations and is the ideal home away from home for the individual traveler, families and corporate travelers alike. The location, architecture, ambience and service makes it the perfect hideaway for Honeymooners.
Overnight: Beach Lodge on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Kuiseb River and Canyon
The 560 kilometer long Kuiseb River flows only occasionally, beginning in the Khomashochland, and running southwest into the Kuiseb Canyon which forms the southern edge of the Namib Desert Park. The canyon was carved out between two and four million years ago when rushing water from the Kuiseb River cut deeply into the soft rock.
This small yet bustling town is situated directly on the Atlantic coast and is Namibia’s most important deep-water port.
Founded in 1892, Swakopmund was founded with the intention of becoming the main harbor of the German colony, German South West Africa. Culturally and architecturally, Swakopmund was particularly influenced by the German colonization and there are many beautiful examples of German colonial architecture to be found. Visitors can explore Swakopmund quite comfortably on foot.
Today may be spent at your leisure. We do however recommend a Marine Cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon (for one’s own account)
Experience the beauty and variety of sea life around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, and enjoy the rich diversity of birds, seals, dolphins, and, in season, humpback whales. Schools of dolphins swim alongside the boat, and seals frequently jump aboard for a visit. A light meal of fresh Walvis Bay Oysters and snacks, along with sparkling wine will be served aboard.
Overnight: Beach Lodge on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Today you travel into the Damaraland region. One of our recommended visits is to the famous rock engravings and paintings – a UNESCO World Heritage site - at Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and the “Organ Pipes” are also interesting.
Damara Mopane Lodge
Built under Mopane trees in a wattle-and-daub style, and connected by a labyrinth of paths, the main building and chalets of Damara Mopane Lodge look like an African village. The walls are adorned by copies of the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. The gardens supply fresh ingredients for meals, the swimming pool is ideal for relaxing and a there’s a view point for enjoying the beautiful sunsets and star-studded night sky. The lodge at the gates of Damaraland is ideally suited for excursions to Twyfelfontein (130 km), the Petrified Forest (70 km) and the Vingerklip rock pillar (50 km).
Overnight: Damara Mopane lodge on a Bed and Breakfast basis
The Organ Pipes at Twyfelfontein
Near Twyfelfontein, is a rock formation known as the Organ Pipes. These rock columns are thought to have formed about 120 million years ago when the dolorite shrank as it cooled, forming these marvelous angular columns up to 5 meters high which resemble pipes on a large church organ.
The 1 730 meter high Burnt Mountain is located about 10 kilometers from Twyfelfontein. In the morning and afternoon hours when the red-orange shale catches the light, the mountainside glows with a startling rainbow of colors, as if it's on fire.
TwyfelfonteinTranslated from the original Afrikaans, Twyfelfontein means "fountain of doubt", referring to the inconsistent water supply of the area. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, Twyfelfontein has approximately 2,500 rock engravings (petroglyphs) and rock paintings, and has become one of Namibia’s major attractions. The figures at Twyfelfontein are thought to have been created over the course of two thousand years, before 1000 AD. The hunter-gatherers who lived in the region created them as part of their rituals. The carvings represent Rhinoceros, Elephant, Ostrich, Giraffe, as well as depictions of human and animal footprints. Some of the figures notably the "Lion Man" depict the transformation of humans into animals
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing to Okaukuejo Restcamp in the Etosha National Park.
Okaukuejo Restcamp, located near the southern entrance of Etosha National Park, is famous for its flood-lit waterhole from which visitors can observe wildlife. Several types of accommodation are available, including some with barbeque facilities. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities.
Overnight: Okaukuejo Rest Camp on a Bed and Breakfast basis
Etosha National Park
Etosha was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. At the time, the park’s original 100,000 km² (38,500 mile²) made it the largest game reserve in the world. Due to political changes since its original establishment, the park is now smaller; but still spans 23 000 km² of savanna and shrub lands, supporting up to 114 different mammal species, including the endangered Black Rhinoceros and endemic Black-nosed Impala; as well as some 300 different bird species. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The pan is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer, when it attracts pelicans and flamingoes. Perennial springs attract a variety of animals and birds throughout the year. The Park has three gateways: The main entrance to the park is the "Andersson Gate" situated near Okaukuejo in the south; the eastern entrance is the "Von Lindequist Gate" near Namutoni, and "Nehale lya Mpingana Gate" gate, or King Nehale Gate, is in the north-east. The old Namutoni Fort, originally a German police post, has elevated deck walkways and overlooks a waterhole.
Enjoy one last game drive in Etosha before departing for the Waterberg Plateau near Otjiwarongo.
Weavers Rock Lodge
Weaver’s Rock Guest Farm is located on a hill top with a breathtaking view, making watching the sun set from either the guest room balcony or a roof-top tent a special event. Guests can choose to relax at the sparkling pool, or go on a game drives and enjoy a famous ‘sundowner’. Both bed & breakfast facilities and camp sites are available. Meals are served in the lapa or under the trees.
Overnight: Weavers Rock Lodge on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Waterberg Plateau Park
This mountainous area owes its name to the springs found on the lower reaches of the mountain. Also found in this area are dinosaur tracks and petrified dunes. Waterberg Plateau Park (41 000 ha) was proclaimed as a park in 1972 for the purpose of protecting, breeding and maintaining populations of rare and endangered animal species in Namibia. (Since the proclamation, many endangered species including both Black and White Rhino, Buffalo, Roan and Sable antelope have been successfully relocated to this region where their survival is now ensured.) A Rhenish mission station was established at the Waterberg in 1873, later destroyed during Nama/Herero wars and rebuilt again in 1891.
After breakfast, you will depart the Waterberg Plateau in order to return to the Windhoek region where your last night in Namibia will be at the N/a’ankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary.
N/a’ankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary
Created by Marlice van Vuuren, a well known Namibian conservationist, together with her husband Dr. Rudie van Vuuren and their friend Chris Heunis, N/a’an ku sê Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary is committed to playing a key role in conservation and the protection of the Namibian wildlife, land and people. The Lodge is crafted from ecologically clean material including solid logs and glass to complement N/a’an ku sê’s beautiful wilderness setting. Guests will find luxurious, individual chalets and a tranquil dining area with stunning views, bar and swimming pool. There are also beautifully appointed and fully equipped holiday houses available for hire. The Lodge provides a breathtaking backdrop for weddings and conferences.
Overnight: Naankuse Lodge on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis
Windhoek is an African capital with a difference! Whether enjoying the continental flair of Independence Avenue; browsing through the shops; exploring the historical buildings or searching the markets for that special Namibian memento – we hope you will enjoy the harmonious blend of African and European cultures and traditions that make our capital city.
|1||Okambara Lodge||Breakfast & Dinner||
Meet and greet by Abenteuer Afrika Representative
|2||Okambara Lodge||Breakfast & Dinner|
|3||Kalahari Anib Lodge||Breakfast|
|4||Namib Desert Lodge||
|Optional: Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon|
|5||Namib Desert Lodge||Breakfast|
|7||Beach Hotel||Breakfast||Optional: Marine Cruise in the Walvisbay Lagoon|
|8||Damara Mopane Lodge||Breakfast|
|9||Damara Mopane Lodge||Breakfast|
|10||Okaukuejo Rest Camp||Breakfast|
|11||Okaukuejo Rest Camp||Breakfast|
|12||Weavers Rock Lodge||Breakfast|
|13||Weavers Rock Lodge||Breakfast|
|14||N/’ankuse Lodge||Breakfast & Dinner|
- Meet an Greet at the Windhoek International Airport
- Accommodation as stated above
- 14 x Breakfast; 3 x Dinner