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Namibia: Family Explorer

Private Travel | Family adventures | Self-drive 13 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £3295 Current prices from: £3295
Namibia is a wild country untouched by mass tourism yet offering a wide variety of activities and plenty of small guesthouses and lodges that cater for families. This self-drive tour visits the spectacular landscapes of the Namib desert and Damaraland as well as the remarkable wildlife of Etosha and Okonjima including rare black rhinos, Africa’s largest elephants and rescued animals at the AfriCat Foundation.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Travel on horseback through the desert & sleep out under the stars
  • Kayak with the Walvis Bay seals
  • Visit Etosha National Park & its elephants, some of the largest in Africa
  • Stay on the 22,000-hectare Okonjima Nature Reserve, home to the AfriCat Foundation
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Windhoek

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Windhoek with Virgin Atlantic. (N)

Day 2: Windhoek

Arrive and transfer to Olive Grove Guesthouse. Your hire car will be delivered this afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (N)

Day 3: Namib desert

Drive to the Namib desert. Overnight at Desert Homestead Outpost (two Luxury rooms) in an incredible desert location. (B, D)

Day 4: Namib desert

Drive through the Sesriem Gate to the giant sand dunes of Sossusvlei, with a stop at the 30-metre-deep Sesriem canyon. This afternoon, meet your horse riding guide and ride out across the wide open plains to a desert camp for a sunset drink and dinner prepared on a crackling bushfire. (B, D)

Day 5: Swakopmund

After a delicious campfire breakfast, ride back to the lodge. Drive to Swakopmund and stay 2 nights at Cornerstone Guesthouse, a luxury, self-catering, three-bedroom apartment. Afternoon at leisure to explore the German town of Swakopmund. (B)

Day 6: Swakopmund

Morning guided kayaking tour to the remote Pelican Point peninsula. En route, pass the Walvis Bay wetlands with plenty of flamingoes and pelicans, as well as one of the largest salt mines in the world. While kayaking, look out for Cape Fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, black-backed jackals and even brown hyenas. Afternoon at leisure. (N)

Day 7: Damaraland

Travel inland to the heart of Damaraland with its rugged landscape. En route, perhaps take the hour-long scenic walk up to the White Lady rock painting tucked under a small overhang deep within Brandberg mountain, the highest mountain in Namibia. Continue to Camp Kipwe for a 2-night stay (two separate bungalows) set among red, granite boulders. (B, D)

Day 8: Damaraland

Day at leisure. We recommend exploring some of Damaraland’s ancient geographical features such as the Twyfelfontein rock art, the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. (B)

Day 9: Etosha National Park

Drive north towards Etosha National Park and stay 2 nights just outside the park at Etosha Village (two separate chalets). In the afternoon, we recommend a drive into Etosha National Park for some wildlife viewing. (B)

Day 10: Etosha National Park

Full-day wildlife drive in Etosha National Park, home to elephants, which are reputed to be the largest in Africa, as well as rare black rhinos. (B, D)

Day 11: Okonjima

Drive South to Okonjima, home to a variety of animals rescued by the AfriCat Foundation. Stay 1 night at The Plains Camp (two Standard rooms) and choose from a wide range of activities. (B, D)

Days 12-13: Fly home via Johannesburg

Morning wildlife activity. Drive to Windhoek to drop off your car hire and fly home via Johannesburg. Arrive the next day. (B) (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Standard tour:

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.

National parks:

Please note that park entry fees are payable locally.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • Okonjima Plains Camp
    Okonjima Plains Camp

    Okonjima Plains Camp (formerly Okonjima Main Camp) has 24 very comfortable and spacious rooms plus six entry level garden rooms. There are two secluded swimming pools surrounded by beautiful gardens and an on-site water hole where a variety of birds and animals may be encountered. This area is the best place in Namibia (and probably the world) to view and learn about the conservation of cheetahs and leopards. Additional facilities include an outside fireplace, a restaurant and bar.

  • Desert Homestead Lodge
    Desert Homestead Lodge

    Desert Homestead Outpost is located in the same 7,000-hectare reserve as Desert Homestead Lodge at the base of a mountain looking out over the Naukluft mountains. Accommodation is in hut style cottages with thatched roofs, all individual from each other and each with a private viewing deck offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The main lodge itself is perfect for unwinding and offers an outdoor swimming pool and a viewing deck from where it is often possible to sight cheetahs, which roam the surrounding grasslands. Activities include visits to Sossusvlei, wildlife drives, hikes and horse-riding safaris.

  • Cornerstone Guest House
    Cornerstone Guest House

    Cornerstone Guesthouse, located in a peaceful part of Swakopmund's old town, is a charming and cosy property that offers many of the modern amenities of a luxury hotel in a less formal setting. Within easy reach of the Marine Museum and Old Brewery and not far from the many beaches, cafes and restaurants of the town, the guesthouse is a fantastic option for anyone visiting Namibia's most popular activity hotspot.

  • Camp Kipwe
    Camp Kipwe

    Nestled seamlessly amongst the rocks of the Aba Huab valley, north-west Namibia, Camp Kipwe is the very definition of a hidden gem. Instead of displacing the huge boulders that dot the region, the camp incorporates them into the design and uses the nooks and crannies created to form pockets of peace and privacy for the guests in each of the 10 rooms. The eco-friendly property also has a number of quiet communal areas where guests can relax and mingle, including a large lounge area and outdoor pool.

Standard private tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3295 per person

High season from £3775 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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