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Family Namibian Adventure - departure 27th July

Anonymous
Wed, 06/02/2010 - 23:17

Hi

Anyone else on this trip?  We are a family group - children aged 11y and nearly 8 y.

Never been to Africa so very excited!   Just working out the jabs and malaria situation.   Thinking about cold nights and the sleeping bag and what clothes to take.  

Hard to know how hot the day will get - looking at average temp of about 70 F.  

Nice to hear from fellow travellers.

Sean and Helen

 

Anonymous
Fri, 07/09/2010 - 16:09

Hi!

We are also going on this trip and have 2 children, Archie 8 and Bella 6 1/2. 

Just been shopping for equipment so getting very excited now!  We are not taking malaria tablets and have had all other jabs.  Getting our clothes organised and just wondered what other people are taking?  Oliver has been to Namibia & Etosha before but it's a whole new adventure for me and the children!

 Nicola & Oliver

Anonymous
Mon, 07/12/2010 - 22:39

Good to hear from you.   William who is nearly 8y is glad to hear of a boy same age on the trip!  Emily is 11y.

Difficult re the clothes - hot in the day and cold at night.   Hopefully shorts and T-shirts in the day.  

We are taking gloves and a hat for the early morning game drives in Etosha - can be quite chilly apparently - tip from a previous traveller.

Wind up torches coming with us!

Sean and Helen

Anonymous
Tue, 07/13/2010 - 12:08

I'm sure the boys will get on well, Archie will be pleased to hear about William.  Have you travelled long haul with the children before?

Just been to collect travel money this morning and have also been doing quite a bit of reading about where we will be staying etc.  The guidebook mentions that the lodge we stay at in Etosha is particularly reknowned for credit card skimming.  Have been interested to read on here about the disappointing balloon ride, good to know what to avoid.  Are there any extras that you are planning to do?

Hats & gloves are a great idea, I'll add them to the growing pile of kit!  Not sure how we will manage to fit everything in.

We were excited to receive our e-ticket booking number and final documentation last week - countdown has really begun here!

Nicola & Oliver

Anonymous
Tue, 07/13/2010 - 21:08

Hi - yes been doing some reading and counting the days off left to work.

Hope to do some of the night game drives and Emily is desperate to see dolphins - so the dolphin cruise at Swakopmund will be likely.   Although I understand Swakopmund is quiet on a Sunday - the day we are there.

Looking forward to the camping.     

Have done one long haul before with the children 2 years ago to USA - they coped!  This will only be the second time they have flown.   Are you going from Heathrow?

Anonymous
Tue, 07/13/2010 - 21:33

Yes we are going from Heathrow - 1730 check in.  See you there!

The dolphin watching trip sounds good to us too, I don't think we'll be going sand boarding or quad biking with young children.

Nicola & Oliver

Anonymous
Tue, 07/13/2010 - 22:30

Hi

Are you relying on cash and cards or taking travellers cheques?    Wondering how easy ATMs will be.   Exodus staff said travellers cheques difficult to cash in Africa.   Just don't want to get stuck!

Sean & Helen

Anonymous
Wed, 07/14/2010 - 08:32

I've got some South African Rand and have informed my bank that we will be away so hopefully our cards will work over there.....  We've been advised against travellers cheques too, I'll take some £'s also to exchange if necessary.  Now need to inform the credit card company as well.

Anonymous
Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:47

We took advice from the travel clinic at our GP's surgery and they said it was not necessary.  Oliver has also been before at this time and not taken them.  Have stocked up on strong insect repellent and various other meds from the chemist.

Am washing and putting clothes aside to pack now & trying to stop the children from wearing them in the meantime!

Anonymous
Wed, 07/14/2010 - 20:39

We have come to the same conclusion that anti-malarials are not needed - have looked quite a lot into it.  I remember that is one of the reasons we chose Namibia - safe country and not too many jabs.

Have been looking the weather up in various parts that we are visiting - Etosha up to 27 *C, swakopmund 20*C.    So hopefully pleasant weather - not too hot - bit prone to sunburn!

The first night lodge looks nice on the internet.  I enjoy photography so hoping to get some great photos.    Keep on packing!  

Sean & Helen

Anonymous
Thu, 07/22/2010 - 08:42

Hi

Our holiday communication postings nearly off the first page - so a quick post.

I recall reading a bit about Namibia in a Saturday paper - great holiday but came with a caution about packing certain items in your cases if travelling to Windhoek via J'berg.  Apparently some cases get sifted through by baggage handlers for binoculars, cameras and electric razors  -  I guess a high chance of finding them on this route.

Children and I have been on the internet and compiled a list of Namibian animals - quite an extensive list - hopefully will see a lot of them.

Just got to get a plug adaptor now - hoping to pick one up at the airport.

Getting close now - hard to believe next week.  Got to get the case closed yet!

Sean & Helen

Anonymous
Thu, 07/22/2010 - 10:32

I think we might have read the same article, my husband has made a note to pack all electrical equipment in our hand luggage.  We also need to get an adaptor and to get on with the packing - there is so much to fit in!!  Children finish school today so I'm sure they will want to 'help'!

 See you at Heathrow!

Nicola

Anonymous
Sun, 07/25/2010 - 22:46

Are you taking water purification tablets with you?  I've been struggling to get iodine tablets - keep being told they are no longer available.  All the literature says that they are recommended but from where?!?  Will buy what I can tomorrow.....

Nearly closed all the bags, but still some clothes drying!

Nicola

Anonymous
Mon, 07/26/2010 - 11:14

Now you have me worried... (only joking!).   Had not even thought of water purification tablets, not come across that recommendation in my reading.   I believe the tap water is safe to drink but can taste a bit funny (like soap!) in some areas.   We plan to use bottled water which is easily available according to the reviews.

The sleeping bags take up a lot of room, first foreign holiday I have had to pack them.

Hoping for the electric plug adaptor at Heathrow.

Sean  

Anonymous
Mon, 07/26/2010 - 14:07

E-mailed the exodus team who have reassured me water purification tablets not needed - tap water is safe to drink in Namibia.

Children are getting a little excited now!

Sean

 

 

 

Anonymous
Mon, 07/26/2010 - 15:30

I bought water tablets just in case this morning and then had the response from Exodus who said they are not necessary!!  We've borrowed an adaptor from a S.African friend.

Can't wait to get going now and stop making lists of things to get!

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