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10 Day Wild & Crazy Family Adventure

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February 21, 2018

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10 Day Wild & Crazy Family Adventure

Namib – Swakopmund – Damaraland – Etosha National Park – Etosha National Park – Waterberg Region 10 Days / 9 Nights: 01 April 2017 – 31 March 2018 Reference: Scheduled – 10 Day Wild & Crazy Family Adventure
The most beautiful dunes in the world, vast stretches of mountainous vistas, Himba tribesmen and countless wild animals are all part of this package. The safari is on request with a minimum number of 2 adults and 1 child. There is no single supplement and the itinerary has been especially designed to appeal to families with children. The driving distances, (where possible), have been kept to a minimum and the places visited have all been chosen with a mind for activities that will appeal to adults and children alike.

The minimum age on this itinerary is 5 years, the price is virtually fully inclusive of everything required whilst on the road with us and the style of safari is semi-accommodated / assisted camping. There are two accommodated nights included in the itinerary in Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast

Tour Details

10 Day Wild & Crazy Family Adventure

Namib – Swakopmund – Damaraland – Etosha National Park – Etosha National Park – Waterberg Region 10 Days / 9 Nights: 01 April 2017 – 31 March 2018 Reference: Scheduled – 10 Day Wild & Crazy Family Adventure
The most beautiful dunes in the world, vast stretches of mountainous vistas, Himba tribesmen and countless wild animals are all part of this package. The safari is on request with a minimum number of 2 adults and 1 child. There is no single supplement and the itinerary has been especially designed to appeal to families with children. The driving distances, (where possible), have been kept to a minimum and the places visited have all been chosen with a mind for activities that will appeal to adults and children alike.

The minimum age on this itinerary is 5 years, the price is virtually fully inclusive of everything required whilst on the road with us and the style of safari is semi-accommodated / assisted camping. There are two accommodated nights included in the itinerary in Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast

Itinerary

Day 1Agama River Camp, Namib

Windhoek – Agama/Namib Desert Camp, outside of the Namib Naukluft Park (350km) (camping) (LD)
You will be collected between 08:00 & 08:30 am and taken to the office to meet with the rest of the group. Once everyone is together, we can leave Windhoek and head out towards the desert. Our drive today will take us through the Khomas Hochland range of mountains and then further south west towards the Naukluft Mountains.
Lunch will be on route and then we reach open plains and from here it is only a short distance to our next stop, the tiny town of Solitaire. We will stop here for some fuel and refreshments before continuing on a short distance to our camp for the night.
We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and so there should be time for a dip in the pool and to see the sun set over the Naukluft Mountains. (Please note that we do not camp inside the Park area but about 48 kms away.)
Dinner is cooked over an open fire.
Overnight: Agama River Camp At Agama River Lodge & Camp, Jonathan and Monique Leach have developed a wonderful oasis. Together they started with a simple group of campsites which include well decorated and spotlessly clean ablution blocks partly open to the skies! The camp sites are scattered along the lower ‘dieprevier’ river course, each campsite is built under large acacia trees and surrounded partially by a wooden pole barrier acting as a wind shield and offering some privacy, they are terraced and levelled with clean river sand.
Each site contains; a free standing tap, wash up facility, a braai area with grid, a twelve-volt energy saving light (that can be attached to your car battery) and is easy walking distance to your shared ablution facility.

Included Lunch and dinner

Day 2Agama River Camp, Namib

Agama/Namib Desert Camp – Sossusvlei – Namib Desert Camp, (250 km) (camping) (FB)
A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem at sunrise, we drive into the dry river bed and will soon start to see the dunes on either side of us. We stop for photos along the way as this is where you see the strong contrast of colours as the sun hits the sides of the dunes.
We stop for breakfast and prepare for our walk. The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert.
Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect.
We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.
Later in the afternoon we return to our campsite and look forward to swim in the pool and supper.
Activities Dune 45 Sossusvlei Dead Vlei Sesriem Canyon

Dune 45 Named for its location 45 kilometres past the town of Sesriem, Dune 45 is renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’. If you’re not keen for the strenuous hike to the top of Big Daddy, Dune 45 is a more forgiving alternative, standing at only 80 metres and featuring a much gentler gradient.
Sossusvlei Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei – Dune 45, Hidden Vlei, Big Daddy and Dead Vlei – other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Dead Vlei This ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer’s dream.

Sesriem Canyon Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.

Included Full Board

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.