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Namibian Family Adventurer

From £1699 for 13 days
Trip Overview
The sun is rising and we are sat atop one of the highest dunes in the world. A burst of orange and red explodes on the surrounding landscape as warm rays caress the shifting sand. We are in Sossusvlei. Over the coming days we explore the country’s amazing diversity, sit by watering holes watching wildlife, hike through rock formations to ancient engravings, enjoy Viennese style cake shops, meet traditional tribes and discover a country where the desert scenery changes with every turn and the night sky sparkles with countless stars.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Windhoek.
Ends: Transfer to Windhoek; depart Windhoek.
Ages: Min 9
Theme: Family, Wildlife
Trip Code: EFAN
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Namibia
What's Included


All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners


Travel in an overland truck with standing space and reference library Group normally 8 to 12, plus leader


Trip Highlights

•   See iconic African animals in Etosha National Park

•   Climb the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namib Desert

•   Experience wilderness camping in stunning natural environments

•   See the famous ‘White Lady’ rock painting, thought to have been made by Bushmen more than 2000 years ago

•   Visit Walvis Bay for lunch and see the local flamingos

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 21st Jul 2019
Returning: 2nd Aug 2019
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Departing: 28th Jul 2019
Returning: 9th Aug 2019
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Departing: 4th Aug 2019
Returning: 16th Aug 2019
Limited Availability
3 spaces
Departing: 11th Aug 2019
Returning: 23rd Aug 2019
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Departing: 15th Dec 2019
Returning: 27th Dec 2019
Availability: Good
Departing: 10th Apr 2020
Returning: 22nd Apr 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 12th Apr 2020
Returning: 24th Apr 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 5th Jul 2020
Returning: 17th Jul 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 12th Jul 2020
Returning: 24th Jul 2020
Availability: Good
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Itinerary & Notes
The starting point for this trip is the Arebbusch Lodge. For those on the group transfer, we spend sometime in the capital city to change money and collect supplies and then drive to the Arebbush Lodge on the outskirts of the city. *Arebbusch Lodge or similar*
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African adventure with something for all family members: climbing the sand dunes in the early hours to sit and watch the sun come up, desert colour palatte, sand-boarding at speed, the contrasts of colonial Swakopmund, township tour and an education in Herero history, game drives in Etosha - hearing jackals howling whilst in your tent at night, sitting through dark hours watching the animals at the water hole, searching for those elusive leopards, closing windows at Waterberg lodge to stop the baboons climbing in and sharing a terrace with the warthogs, watching an orphaned baby oryx being fed from a bottle. And of course Jonas' famous BBQ dinners - with stories around the fire from Jack afterwards! Hundreds of photos and a travel diary to try and store the memories in a more organised fashion. Thank you again for a fantastic holiday!
This was a wonderful trip for so many reasons - the adventure, the scenery, the food, the company, the organisation and the animals to name a few. Three families and two guides who had never met before the trip soon melded into a happy group. The trip starts in the desert and the early rise to climb Dune 45 was blooming' cold! However, it was worth it and Jonas' porridge soon warmed us up. Swapokmund was a short re-entry into civilisation and gave the opportunity for a variety of trips. We did the seal colony boat trip and the flight over the desert. Both great (although the latter made some passengers feel extremely queasy). The bush men drawings were really interesting and then the trip to Etosha was just wonderful - particularly sitting by the waterhole in the evening watching rhinos wander in and out. The campsites were great. The Etosha ones very busy and the others very quiet. Food cooked by Jonas was great. As another reviewer has said it's amazing to see what he could knock up on a camp fire. Stews, steaks, cakes and bread. The lodges came at welcome intervals. One was a little like a deserted military camp but the beds were comfy. That and the lunchtime food at the NWR resorts (the Etosha campsites) are the only negatives I think. The whole trip passed quickly but it felt like we'd been away from home for a month. It was wonderful mental relaxation.
Six of us went on this trip - parents and offspring aged 14, 18, 21 and 23, and we all agree that it is one of the best experiences we have ever had. The Itinerary is well thought out and there is a good distribution of camping and non-camping days. All the campsites were interesting and all toilet and washing facilities were at least acceptable but usually excellent and spotless. Most of the campsites had swimming pools which were, um, refreshing! The Lodges were clean and comfortable and there were good facilities for charging electrical equipment at Lodges, campsites and even in the Van. These factors were not, of course, the highlights of the holiday but they helped to make it run smoothly as we are by no means hardened campers - we like our bit of adventure, but we like our warm showers as well!
Namibia is beautiful and we loved all the activities. The desert was stunning. It was my favourite part and the sandboarding was so fun. We saw so much wildlife, including 21 lions in just three days!
This trip exceeded our expectations. There was never a dull moment and always something different to see or do.
A family holiday providing varied experiences and great fun for all ages.
A family trip of a lifetime.  Everything worked - the Exodus description of the trip was accurate giving us a good sense of what we could expect and the reality exceeded our expectations.
Brilliant family holiday with lots of variety and something for everyone. We travelled as our last big family holiday before our eldest son- 18 went to uni, we also have a 15 year old son and we all agreed it was probably our best holiday yet.
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