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
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
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
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.
- 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
- 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
- Laundry except as specified under inclusions
- Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc.).
- 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.
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.