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Family safari in South Africa
Namibia is a vast country situated in southern Africa that is famous for many stunning geographical sights and colourful landscapes.
The country incorporates two vast deserts – the Namib, that stretches along the rugged Atlantic Ocean coastline and is known for its panoramic views of sculptured sands of a colour spectrum from pale apricot to fiery crimson; and the Kalahari which extends beyond Namibia’s eastern border. The harsh, arid climate and desert features are home to some uniquely adapted wild life and without doubt provides some of Africa’s most amazing photographic opportunities. All of this makes Namibia a very interesting destination for a family safari holiday; however, the extremes of temperatures may not suit everyone.
Namibia is a country of very diverse habitats. In the north of the country the Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s most important wildlife areas and despite the harsh conditions is home to a vast range of animals. In the centre of the park lies a vast salt pan which as far back as 12 million years ago was a shallow lake. Great shifts in the geology altered the course of the Kunene River and gradually over time the lake became completely dry. For the last two million years the pan is a swathe of salt crystals dazzling brilliantly in the sun except when, after a spell of very good rains, the pan manages to retain enough water to produce the blue-green algae so favoured by flamingos. The birds flock to the pan to feed in their thousands creating an amazing spectacle – the vibrant pink a total contrast to the surroundings.
The waterholes in the park attract large densities of wildlife and thereby offering excellent game viewing. The Etosha National Park is home to some of the most rare and endangered species such as the black faced impala, the black rhino, of which there are around an amazing 300 in number, together with Wild Dog, Oribi and Puku antelope.
Within the Namib Naukluft Park lies one of the most famous sights in nature – the iconic sand dunes of Sossusvlei which are constantly re-shaped by the wind and re-coloured by the sun. North of the Namib lies an inhospitable stretch of land known as the Skeleton Coast National Park. This area with its eerie fogs and remote beaches was named for the bones of whales and seals that littered the area when the whaling industry was still in operation but could also apply to the many thousand of wrecked ships that fell foul of the rocky coastline.
The best way to enjoy a luxury safari in Namibia is to create your holiday as a “fly-in safari” where you are transferred from camp to camp by light aircraft. This is a particularly exceptional way of enjoying the landscape.
Stretching inland Damaraland’s mountainous terrain is a destination for climbers and explorers with the rocky outcrops, caves and ravines of Twyfelfontin containing thousands of pre-historic rock art sacred to the Herero people, the largest collection in the whole of Africa. The small spring supports a welcome group of wildlife – desert adapted elephant, lion, gemsbok, desert dwelling giraffe, springbok and mountain zebra. The Petrified Forest has fossils over 200 million years old.
To the west of the Waterberg Plateau, within the Omboroko Mountains is Okonjima which, in addition to its luxury accommodation is famously home of the Africat Foundation. Originally created to rescue and rehabilitate cheetah the foundation now also encompasses leopard and wild dog. Guests staying at Okonjima – either in the Main Lodge, Bush Camp or exclusive Okonjima Bush Suite and Okonjima Villa have access to the Foundation and its residents. A real up close a personal experience for your family.
Nambia has very remote and secluded lodges which are ideal for privacy and an exclusive safari experience, however, this is better suited to older children who can also enjoy the thrilling activities of quad-biking, sand boarding and hot air balloon safaris. Opulent Africa will be able to advise the best location and type of accommodation that will suit your family.