Cheetahs and Dunes Namibia 20160717 063206

Cheetahs & Dunes

13 Days

On this family safari holiday to Africa you'll experience a wide variety of activities. See fantastic game like zebra and black rhino, climb some of Africa's highest sand dunes, explore the Namib Desert, and go dolphin-watching.

13 Days

Cheetahs and Dunes

"What an adventure! We learned so much about the country, its beautiful landscapes, the people and of course all the animals. An experience of a lifetime for all of us!"
The Wood family, July 2016

An altogether amazing family activity holiday in one of Africa's most beautiful countries. Namibia is one of the world's best wildlife destinations and provides a combination of varied landscapes and superb game viewing possibilities.

This itinerary provides a fantastic combination of varied landscapes and superb game viewing. There's plenty of contrast between the wild Skeleton Coast and the dry desert interior, from the salt pans of Etosha to the acacia savannah and lush, green, sub-tropical woodlands of the Waterberg Plateau. Spend time with cheetahs, watch marine life from a catamaran and see the seal colony at Cape Cross. This is a great African adventure for families.

  • Play in Namibia's biggest sandpit
  • Watch elephants, lions and rhinos
  • Go dolphin-watching
  • Visit a cheetah sanctuary
  • Sleep in the Namib Desert
  • Comfortable camps with excellent facilities

Here's a taster of your itinerary. For more details please see the itinerary tab and trip notes.

Day 1/2 - Overnight flight to Windhoek.

Day 3 - Through mountains to Namib Desert.

Day 4 - Explore the dunes of Sossusvlei.

Day 5 - Discover the Skeleton Coast.

Day 6 - Dolphin & seal cruise.

Day 7 - Visit the seal colony at Cape Cross.

Day 8 - See rock art & visit a Himba village.

Day 9/10 - Wildlife viewing in Etosha National Park & enjoy views of Etosha Pan.

Day 11 - Visit Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Day 12/13 - Overnight flight to return home.

Day 1. Overnight flight to Windhoek
Fly from London via Frankfurt or Johannesburg to Windhoek on an overnight flight.
Day 2. Arrive Windhoek
Arrive at Windhoek International Airport and meet at the group hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax or explore the town.
Day 3. Namib Desert via Solitaire village
Head out over the Khomas Hochland mountain range and along scenic roads towards the desert, with stops en route. After the mountains reach open plains and stop at the tiny town of Solitare, from where it is a short distance to the camp. Arrive in time for a dip in the pool and watch the sun set over the Naukluft Mountains.
Day 4. Sossusvlei, explore the dunes
Drive into the heart of the dune field and take a walk like nothing else through the last 5km through the dunes to reach Sossusvlei itself, where you'll spend the rest of the morning. Then visit the Sesriem Canyon before returning to camp.
Day 5. Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast
Head towards the seaside town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast. Drive through the dry river bed at the bottom of the canyon watching the desert landscape unfold before you. Stop at Walvis Bay lagoon to see flamingos and birdlife. Rest of day at leisure in Swakopmund.
Day 6. Cruise with dolphins at Walvis Bay
Board your catamaran from Walvis Bay Waterfont and learn about the Walvis Bay cultivated oysters, which you'll be able to taste during the tour. As you sail around Pelican Point you can look out for three different types of dolphins as well as leatherback turtles. The afternoon is free for you to participate in a range of optional activities, or explore this pleasant seaside town.
Day 7. Visit Seal colony at Cape Cross
Visit the seal colony at Cape Cross where it is possible to see throusands of Cape Fur Seals in the water and on the surrounding rocks and beaches. Travel inland to the small town of Uis, a small mining town and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones. Then drive to Namibia's highest mountain, The Brandberg and through Namibia's beautiful desert region, Damaraland, where we overnight under the stars.
Day 8. Trek through Twyfelfontein
Visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein and the famous "White Lady" rock painting, believed by some to be over 20,000 years old. Then travel to Etosha's premier resort, Okaukeujo, stopping at Outjo along the way.
Day 9/10. Wildlife viewing in Etosha National Park
Go on game drives, visiting some of the numerous waterholes in the area to spot some of Etosha's big game and enjoy great views of the massive Etosha Pan. Visit Okaukeujo's famous waterhole, described as one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa, for "after hours" game watching, where lion, elephant, black rhino and antelope are often seen.
Day 11. Visit to Cheetah Conservation Fund
Drive south to Otjiwarongo, stopping along the way to visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund where you'll have the opportunity to watch feeding time. Visit the Waterberg Plateau, declared a nature reserve in 1972 and home to 25 game and over 200 bird species.
Day 12. To Windhoek for overnight flight to UK
Depart after breakfast and travel south, stopping at Okahandja where there is time to visit Namibia's largest wood carving market. Continue to Windhoek and depart for your overnight flight to London.
Day 13. Arrive UK
Arrive back in London in the early morning.
  • Where will we stay? : 1 night in a guesthouse, 2 nights in hotels, 7 nights camping
  • What meals are included?: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners
  • How do we travel?: Safari bus, boat and on foot
  • Flights: With South African Airways via Johannesburg
  • Trip Code: FNBC
  • Age guideline: 5 - 18