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Wild Namibia & the Falls

Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Etosha, Okonjima, Victoria Falls

Namibia is a true adventure playground and the perfect destination for an active teenage family adventure. Teens will love the activities, from quad biking, sand-boarding, kayaking with a seal colony, tracking rhinos and rafting at the Victoria Falls.

At a Glance

  • An adventure fit for even the most active of teenagers, with sand dune climbing, quad biking, dune boarding, horse riding, white water rafting, rhino tracking and more

  • Sleep in a room shaped like a shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast

  • Kayak alongside a seal colony in Swakopmund

  • Climb the vast red dunes at Sossusvlei

  • Fabulous game viewing in the Ongava Reserve and Etosha National Park

  • Relax or enjoy more adventures at the Victoria Falls at the end

Adventure, Teenagers, Family, Road trip

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

Description

Driving a 4x4, you’ll travel south to the iconic red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the ultimate introduction to Namibia. Race each other to the top of Big Daddy dune, then slide down the sand into Dead Vlei pan. Back at Desert Homestead Outpost, teens have the option to burn off more steam on horseback rides, hiking trails and hot air ballooning if you want a real family treat, soaring high above the dunes.

Your next stop is the coast, based at Swakopmund where more adventures await. Get up early to set to the seas in kayaks, paddling amongst the seal colony at Walvis Bay. Take a guided trip to the Kuiseb River Delta, exploring prehistoric dwelling sites, checking out fossilised footprints of elephant, giraffe and rhino and enjoying the adrenaline rush of quad biking down the towering sand dunes.

Your journey continues up the Atlantic seaboard to the Skeleton Coast to Shipwreck Lodge overlooking the rugged coastline, where even your room is designed to resemble a shipwreck. The nearby Hoarusib river provides a rare source of water in this barren landscape, making it home to some truly thrilling wildlife encounters, including desert-adapted lion who’ve even been spotted on the beach hunting seals. Explore the shipwrecks, go fishing, and enjoy being one of the few families on the planet lucky enough to visit this remote corner of Africa.

From here head inland to Damaraland, home to the Damara people, petrified forests and rock art dating back thousands of years, as well as good populations of desert-adapted elephants. This is just a warm-up to your wildlife highlight at Etosha National Park, staying in the wildlife-rich Ongava reserve where you can track black rhino with expert guides, watch large herds of zebra congregate around the waterholes after a day walking across the Etosha pan and enjoying an authentic Namibian safari.

Last but by no means least you’ll spend a couple of nights on the Okonjima reserve, learning about big cat conservation and getting up close to cheetah, leopard and wild dog that are found on the reserve. A great opportunity for your teenage children to really see wildlife conservation in action.

Finally head to the stunning Victoria Falls for some chill out time on the banks of the Zambezi River at Tongabezi, the perfect place to finish your family adventure. Your teens can still keep the pace of the vacation up with thrills such as white-water rafting, microlight flights over the falls and during low water months, swimming up to the edge of the falls at Livingstone Island! Those needing some peace can just unwind at the lookout lounge overlooking the hippos in the river, gin and tonics by the pool and massage treatments.

Itinerary

Stay

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Fly to Windhoek (via Johannesburg)
1 night

Windhoek, Namibia

Galton House
2 nights

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Desert Homestead Outpost
3 nights

Swakopmund, Namibia

Cornerstone Guesthouse
3 nights

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Shipwreck Lodge
2 nights

Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia

Mowani Mountain Camp
2 nights

Etosha, Namibia

Ongava Tented Camp
2 nights

Damaraland, Namibia

Okonjima Bush Camp
Fly Windhoek to Livingstone
3 nights

Livingstone, Zambia

Tongabezi
1 night Fly home from Livingstone

Location & Directions

Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Etosha, Okonjima, Victoria Falls

When to go

Namibia is a year round destination, although the best time to visit Namibia is from May to September as the temperature is tolerably cool, especially at night. The optimum game viewing times are between June and November. The land will have dried out meaning animals must again come to waterholes to drink. Summer (November to April) also known as the rainy season is best time to travel to Namibia for bird watching as migratory birds (both intra-African and Palaearctic) flock into the park's many habitats after the summer rains.

The Victoria Falls has two very distinct seasons, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 celsius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity. The drier months from October to February offer different activities during the lower water level season, such as swimming in the natural rockpool at Livingstone Island, right on the edge of the falls. Whatever the time of year there is plenty to do here and the views from a helicopter or microlight are spectacular whatever the water levels!

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

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