NAMIBIA FAMILY JOURNEY

NAMIBIA FAMILY JOURNEY

This 7 night / 8-day Family Journey to Namibia covers the following key places:

Ongava Private Game Reserve / Etosha

Namibia’s premier for animal viewing. Species seen here include lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, kudu, gemsbok, and eland among other game.

Sossusvlei in Namib Naukluft

Known for its tallest sand dunes in the world and some of the most spectacular desert scenery

Damaraland

is considered by some as being Namibia’s last wildlife regions, it is home to critically endangered black rhinos, desert-adapted lions, and elephants, as well as the full range of Namibia specialties such as gemsbok, zebra, giraffe and spotted hyena.

Okanjima is home to AfriCat Foundation,

A wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa’s big cats

THE PROGRAM

Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek, and after clearing customs and immigration, you will be met by the Emmarosh Travel who will transfer you to your hotel where you will stay overnight. Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, it has a relaxed but efficient style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. A ten-minute drive from the center of town and perched on the edge of Windhoek, guests staying here will be ensured of peace and tranquility. The nine guest rooms are all equipped with internet connectivity and satellite television, with other general guest amenities. The communal areas consist of a large lounge, dining room, swimming pool and garden, with a delightful ‘al fresco’ dining area, serving freshly prepared and very tasty meals by their resident chef. Overnight: Galton House (Double Room)
Today you will be collected by your guest liaison who will transfer you to Eros Airport. Here you will meet the pilot and board the scheduled shared flight to Sossusvlei. The number of passengers carried on each leg of our circuit flights is dependent on aircraft used, time of year, passenger and luggage weights, routing, fuel required, etc. On arrival at the local airstrip you will be met by a camp representative and transferred to the Kulala Desert Lodge where you will stay for the next two nights. The next two days can be spent on shared camp activities as arranged with the guides – visit to the majestic dunes, nature drives and walks, biking etc. Hidden at the majestic Sossusvlei dunes with a private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest and most spectacular location to Sossusvlei, providing magnificent views of its famous red Dunes, mountainous scenery, and vast open plains. The camp comprises 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas” (including 3 family units) with en-suite bathrooms and verandas. Each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop where bedrolls are placed for guests to sleep under the stars. The main area, with northern African-inspired décor, has a lounge, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the Namib Desert. Activities on offer include morning tours to Sossusvlei, scenic nature walks and drives to view the desert’s fascinating flora and fauna. At extra cost, it is also possible to experience the area on an e-bike. Overnight: Kulala Desert Lodge (Tent) B L D

This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion with your guide into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates 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 guides 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 hearts content you can enjoy a relaxing picnic under the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to Kulala Desert Lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon en route if this was not 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).

 

Sossusvlei: This most frequently visited section of the massive 50,000km² Namib Naukluft National Park has become known as Sossusvlei, famous for its towering apricot coloured sand dunes which can be reached by following the Tsauchab River valley. Sossusvlei itself is a clay pan set amidst these star shaped dunes which stand up to 300m above the surrounding plains, ranking them among the tallest dunes on earth. The deathly white clay pan contrasts against the orange sands and forms the endpoint of the ephemeral Tsauchab River, within the interior of the Great Sand Sea. The river course rises south of the Naukluft Mountains in the Great Escarpment. It penetrates the sand sea for some 55km before it finally peters out at Sossusvlei, about the same distance from the Atlantic Ocean. Until the encroaching dunes blocked its course around 60,000 years ago, the Tsauchab River once reached the sea as ephemeral rivers still do in the northern half of the Namib.

 

Sand-locked pans to the west show where the river previously flowed to before dunes shifted its endpoint to where it currently gathers at Sossusvlei. Roughly once a decade rainfall over the catchment area is sufficient to bring the river down in flood and fill the pan. On such occasions the mirror images of dunes and camel thorn trees around the pan are reflected in the water. Sossusvlei is the biggest of four pans in the vicinity. Another, famous for its gnarled and ghostly camel thorn trees, is Deadvlei which can be reached on foot over 1km of sand. Deadvlei’s striking camel thorn trees; dead for want of water, still stand erect as they once grew. They survived until about 900 years ago when the sand sea finally blocked the river from occasionally flooding the pan.

 

Sesriem Canyon: Sesriem Canyon has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River which has incised a narrow gorge about 1.5km long and 30m deep into the surrounding conglomerates, exposing the varying layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years. The shaded cool depths of the canyon allow pools of water to gather during the rainy season and remain for much of the year round. These pools were a vital source of water for early settlers who drew water for their livestock by knotting six (ses) lengths of rawhide thongs (riems) together, hence the canyon and surrounding area became known as Sesriem.

Overnight: Kulala Desert Lodge (Tent) B L D

Today you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled shared flight to Damaraland. Note that there are stops en-route in Swakopmund which may require changing aircraft. The number of passengers carried on each leg of our circuit flights is dependent on aircraft used, time of year, passenger and luggage weights, routing, fuel required, etc.   On arrival at the local airstrip you will be met by your private Safaris guide and transferred to Camp Kipwe where you will stay for the next two nights. The next two days can be spent on private activities as discussed with your private guide – visit to the Twyelfontein rock engravings, search for desert adapted elephants and nature walks.   Camp Kipwe is ideally located a short drive from the local attractions in the area. The Camp is nestled amongst an outcrop of giant granite boulders, a stone’s throw away from the ephemeral Aba Huab riverbed where desert adapted elephants often traverse. Each comfortable thatched bungalow is simply but tastefully furnished with en-suite open-air bathroom. In the center of the camp lies a large alfresco dining area, bar, lounge, and reception with an inviting fireplace nearby to relax beside in the evenings. A refreshing swimming pool and sunset lookout with lovely views also complement the camp. Overnight: Camp Kipwe (Bungalow) B L D
After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4×4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys 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. As the elephants are mostly active in the mornings you will normally have the best chance to see them then before returning to camp for lunch.   Your guide will arrange to fit in a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions at a suitable time if you have not already done so the previous day. On return to camp there should be time to take a walk into the local area with your guide if desired, or simply relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time.   Desert Adapted Elephant: In habitats with sufficient vegetation and water an adult elephant consumes as much as 300 kg of roughage and 230 liters of water every day of its life. Consider what a herd of them would eat and drink in a week or a month or a year. Finding an African elephant in a desert?  Well, yes and not only elephant, but other large mammals as well, such as black rhinoceros and giraffe. Their ranges extend from river catchments in northern Kaokoveld as far south as the northern Namib. Apart from the Kunene River, seven river courses northwards from the Ugab provide them with possible routes across the desert, right to the Skeleton Coast. The biggest are the Hoarusib, the Hoanib, the Huab and the Ugab Rivers. Desert adapted elephant in Kaokoland and the Namib walk further for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa.   The distances between waterholes and feeding grounds can be as great as 68 km. The typical home range of a family herd is larger than 2,000 km², or eight times as big as ranges in central Africa where rainfall is much higher. They walk and feed at night and rest during the day. To meet their nutritional and bulk requirements they browse on no fewer than 74 of the 103 plant species that grow in their range. Not a separate species or even a subspecies, they are an ecotype unique to Namibia in Africa south of the equator, behaviorally adapted to hyper-arid conditions. Elephant in Mali on the southwestern fringe of the Sahara Desert are the only others known to survive in similar conditions. Overnight: Camp Kipwe (Bungalow) B L D
Today you set off in your private Safari vehicle to Etosha Oberland Lodge, which is situated on the southern border of Etosha National Park. If time permits and as per your discussion with your private guide, this afternoon may go for a game drive inside the Etosha National Park or simply relax at the lodge   The Etosha Oberland Lodge will open in March 2020 and is nestled near Andersson Gate in a private nature park adjacent to the Etosha National Park. The lodge will offer an inviting lobby, restaurant, and bar with an adjoining lounge with fire pit. To enhance the experience, guests are invited to enjoy a viewing deck and swimming pool as well as free wifi in communal areas. The accommodation comprises of 18 beautifully appointed chalets that offer comfortable amenities such as an en-suite bathroom, an outdoor shower, private sun terrace, which is equipped with comfortable chairs. Further facilities include air conditioning, a tea and coffee station with fridge, mosquito nets, a hairdryer and a safe. Overnight: Etosha Overland Lodge (Premium Chalet) B L D
Today is dedicated to a full day of exciting game viewing within the central section of Etosha National Park from your private safari vehicle as you make your way through the southern Andersson’s Gate across via selected waterholes which are normally particularly good for game viewing. You will have to leave the Park before sunset with enough time to relax and freshen up before for dinner. As you have the full-time services of your own private guide, in your own 4×4, the day’s activities are scheduled around the specific interests of the family and the endurance of the children.   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. 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 around 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. Overnight: Etosha Overland Lodge (Premium Chalet) B L D
Your early departure will take you south to reach Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa’s big cats. You arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative shared tour of the Centre. Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation. After the excursion, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon. Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred out to the Windhoek International Airport – departure flights must be no earlier than 21h00 to allow sufficient time for the visit to the AfriCat Foundation and the journey back to Windhoek, or a final night in Windhoek can be arranged at additional cost if required.   End of Emmarosh Travel Services

PRICING INFORMATION

These prices are valid for travel between June 01 – Dec 15, 2020. Christmas and New Year surcharges will apply for any departures between Dec 15 – Jan 15, 2021. These holiday surcharges are NOT included in these rates.

High Season: June – Oct, 2020

High Season: Land Pricing: $6,300.00 per adult double occupancy

High Season: Land Pricing: $5,300.00 per child under 12 sharing

Low Season: Nov – Dec 15, 2020

Low Season: Land Pricing: $5,900.00 per adult double occupancy

Low Season: Land Pricing: $4,700.00 per child under 12 sharing

These prices include the following shared scheduled flights.

Windhoek / Sossusvlei / Damaraland

The number of passengers carried on each leg of our circuit flights is dependent on aircraft used, time of year, passenger and luggage weights, routing, fuel required, etc.

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation as stated above.
  • Airport transfers as described in above itinerary
  • Scheduled shared flights as described in above itinerary
  • All meals and most local drinks as described in above itinerary. 
  • Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
  • Laundry at Sossusvlie and Ethosha
  • Shared vehicle for game drives and nature drives
  • English Speaking local guides in each location

EXCLUSIONS

  • International, regional & local flights to Namibia and airport taxes.
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary such as scenic flights.
  • All premium and imported wines, champagnes, and spirits
  • Gratuities.
  • Laundry except as specified under inclusions
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc.).
  • Ballooning
  • Anything not mentioned under inclusions

RESERVATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Deposit per person required at time of booking: A deposit of 25% of the program price is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 120 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request to secure confirmation.

CANCELLATION CHARGES

Cancellations must be received in writing and will become effective on the date of e-mail receipt. Cancellations received by Emmarosh are subject to the following:

CANCELLATION FEES PER PERSON

121 days prior to departure (or more): 10% of the program price per person.
120-91 days prior to departure: 20% of program price

90-61 days prior to departure: 50% of program price

60 days prior to departure (or less): 100% of the program price

Changes to the Itinerary:

The guest will be responsible for any changes or cancellations made to the itinerary at their request or beyond their control, before or during travel, including expenses incurred due to a change, delay or cancellation of any flights. If a guest cancels or leaves a journey and a roommate remains, an additional supplement may apply to the price for the remaining guest.

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR INTERNAL AIR

All internal air is 100% non-refundable at time of final payment (some exceptions may apply).

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR EXTRA SERVICES WHERE APPLICABLE

Additional hotel nights and other extra services booked in connection with Emmarosh programs are subject to specific cancellation penalties.