Day 1: Arrive Windhoek

After landing at Windhoek’s International Hosea Kutako Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to Galton House guesthouse for your first night in Namibia. This evening your private guide will join you for dinner at the Guesthouse.

Galton House

Overnight in the family room at Galton House. Dinner included.

Day 2 & 3: Eastern Etosha National Park

You depart Windhoek in your safari vehicle and drive north via Okahandja and continue via Otjiwarongo to reach Mushara Lodge which is situated on the Eastern Boundary of Etosha National Park. If it appeals, you have the option to stop off in Okahandja to visit the local craft market before heading on to Mushara, but it is generally better to leave any serious curio shopping until later on in the safari. You will also pass through the town of Tsumeb on the way to view the sink hole of Lake Otjikoto on the way if so desired. Should there be time this afternoon you will go on your first game drive in the Etosha National Park, however should time not suffice you can relax in your wonderful surroundings before dinner.

The following day is available for a full day of exciting game viewing within the eastern section of Etosha National Park. After discussion with your guide, you can either go into the park in the morning and the afternoon and return to the lodge for lunch and an early afternoon rest; or you can head out further across the Park to spend more time in the area around Halali; or you can head north past Fischer’s Pan and up into the Andoni Plains if you prefer. Either way, you will return to the comforts of Mushara Lodge by sunset.

Etosha National Park: Etosha National Park covers 22,270 km², of which approximately 5,000 km² is made up of saline depressions or ‘pans’. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right. The Etosha Pan lies in the Owambo Basin, on the north-western edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert. Until three million years ago it formed part of huge, shallow lake that was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead. If the lake existed today, it would be the third largest in the world. Etosha is the largest of the pans at 4,760 km² in extent. It is nowadays filled with water only when sufficient rain falls to the north in Angola, inducing floods to flow southward along the Cuvelai drainage system. The Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers on the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (Oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.

Mushara Lodge

Two nights in the family room at Mushara Lodge. All meals included.

Day 4: Southern Etosha National Park & Ongava Game Reserve

Today is spent game-viewing in the Etosha National Park from your private safari vehicle as you make your way through the eastern side of the Park, stopping at selected waterholes to observe the game gathered there along the way. Lunch will be had picnic style or at one of the state owned resort restaurants inside the park - normally Halali.

You have to leave the park before the gates close at sunset, and you then go on to drive through the private Ongava Reserve to reach Andersson’s Camp in time to freshen up before dinner. Andersson’s Camp also boasts two very awesome floodlit waterholes, which are renowned to be very lively during the day and at night (in view from the dining room). Especially exciting is the underground hide to enjoy a different view point of the animals frequenting the waterhole.

Andersson's Camp

Overnights in the family tent at Andersson's Camp. All meals included.

Day 5: Etosha to Damaraland

Today is a long day, but filled with many memorable experiences! After an early breakfast, you continue on your safari, heading west into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. Typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation, Damaraland offers some of the most breath-taking scenery on the safari. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendor which will reward and astound you, giving an authentic understanding of the word ‘wilderness’.

During the course of the day, you will head off into an extremely remote area to visit an authentic Himba settlement – you may have to search for a while as the semi-nomadic Himba people sometimes move location with no notice. Your guide’s presence and contacts with the local community will ensure you will be welcomed as a ‘friend of a friend’ and that you will be able to spend considerable time there learning about these fascinating nomadic pastoralists. There has been virtually no modern influence on these communities, which makes for a fascinating cultural exchange. Here you will learn about the customs and traditions of this very proud nation, and will be given insight into their beliefs, way of life and everyday routine.

After visiting the Himba you will head through to Damaraland Camp with the arrival will be in the very late afternoon or early evening (after a long but rewarding day). There may be time to visit the Grootberg Primary School en route and meet some of the local children, but this is pending weekends and school holidays.

Damaraland Camp

Overnight in the family room at Damaraland Camp. All meals included.

Day 6: Damaraland

After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4x4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab River valley to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. Depending on their location you may take a picnic lunch and stop to take that in the shade of a large Ana tree, ideally while watching a herd of elephant browsing nearby.

During the course of your stay, your guide will also take you to visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site) as well as the Damara living museum which gives you an insight to traditional life in a Damara village including tanning leather and blacksmith skills, jewellery, crafts, dancing, singing and games. Return to camp to enjoy some well-deserved leisure time – Damaraland Camp has a refreshing little pool with views over the landscape.

Damaraland Camp

Overnight in the family room at Damaraland Camp. All meals included.

Day 7: Damaraland to Swakopmund

Continuing on your safari today, the road takes you south and along the Skeleton Coast Park stopping off at Cape Cross to view the seal colony. You then return to your vehicle heading further south towards Swakopmund, enjoying a picnic lunch en-route. There will be time this afternoon to wander around town on foot if appeals before dinner at a local seafood restaurant.

Swakopmund is a great family friendly destination, offering a choice of things to see and do including camel rides, collecting seashells on the coast and go shopping at colorful craft markets. You may even select too go swim in the Atlantic Ocean, though the swells and currents are rough and the sea rather cold. The peculiar little Swakopmund museum is well worth a visit, exhibiting some really curious artifacts.

Cornerstone Guesthouse

Overnight in the family room at Cornerstone Guesthouse. All meals included.

Day 8: Swakopmund

After an early breakfast your guide will drive you along the scenic coastal road to Walvis Bay for a memorable seal and dolphin cruise within the outer lagoon and harbor. This is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. During the course of the cruise a scrumptious brunch will be served along with local sparkling wine and fresh oysters, but a very kiddie friendly menu is on offer for the family at no additional cost. You will return to the jetty at roughly 12h30 after which you may like to explore Walvis Bay further before returning to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure at your guesthouse or in town. This afternoon you may like to partake in some of the many activities that Swakopmund has to offer, these include camel rides, scenic flights, sand boarding and more (optional at an additional cost), otherwise the afternoon is at your leisure.

After dinner this evening you head off to the Swakop River Valley for an interesting and informative night walk which focuses on the nocturnal reptiles and insects of the Namib Desert. (Did you know that Scorpions glow in the dark!?) Most of the creatures in the Namib are nocturnal and can be observed only after dark. The Night walk offers a glimpse into the nocturnal theater of this unique eco-system. After dark the seemingly barren Namib gravel plains come to life and we help you discover these little nocturnal wonders. The walks provide a truly amazing educational experience of the little seen nocturnal creatures.

Cornerstone Guesthouse

Overnight in the family room at Cornerstone Guesthouse. All meals included.

Day 9 & 10: Sossusvlei

The fascinating drive on Day 9 takes you south-east through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes via the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons to meet the dunes at the settlement of Solitaire. You then continue south to Sesriem and onto Desert Homestead Outpost. If there is still time today, your guide will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon, a nearby geological attraction, or you can relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings.

This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park setting off from the lodge and entering the park as the gates open at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your Ultimate Safaris guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs.

Especially children will enjoy the giant sand box of Sossusvlei, attempting to race up the dunes, and then jump down again to try to make the dunes roar, or discover the many little tracks left overnight by little critters living in the desert, and just enjoy being able to explore freely the area on foot, out of the vehicle, since there are no predators of concern in the area.

Once you have explored to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxing picnic breakfast under the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to Desert Homestead Outpost in the early afternoon for a late lunch, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon en route if this wasn’t done the previous day. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes).

Desert Homestead Outpost

Overnight in the family room at Desert Homestead Outpost . All meals included.

Day 11: Sossusvlei

After a relaxed breakfast this morning, you depart back to Windhoek. Arriving in Windhoek in the afternoon you will be dropped off at Galton House for the last night of your Namibian Safari. If time allows today, time can be spent doing some last minute shopping, before returning to the guesthouse to freshen up for dinner. Dinner tonight will be enjoyed in house or at a local restaurant with your guide.

Day 12: Depart

Spend as much of the day as is available relaxing at the guest house until it is time to be transferred to the Windhoek International Airport in time for your international flight home. Breakfast included at Galton House.

Rates - 2016: Adult
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
June 15-October $4,080.00 N/A
Rates - 2016: Teen & Child
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
June 15-October 31 Teen ages 12-16: $3,834.00 N/A
June 15-October 31 Child ages 6-11: $3,430.00 N/A
Pricing based on family of two adults and two teens or children sharing one family room.
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