Namibia family holidays

If you are looking for an intriguing destination that offers thrilling wildlife, otherwordly scenery, and exhilarating activities, look no further than a family holiday to Namibia. From the top of the towering sand dunes at Sossusvlei, you can watch the sun turn the magnificent Namib Desert crimson. From the rim of the Fish River Canyon, you can hike down to the bottom of the second-deepest gorge in the world. And from the resort town of Swakopmund, you can join in with adrenaline activities or head to the desolate Atlantic Coast to spot eerie ancient shipwrecks.

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On safari at Okonjima, the Africat sanctuary

All Namibia family holidays should also include a safari through Etosha National Park. This is comparable with the more famous East African parks for its world-class game viewing, with huge herds of elephant and zebra as well as large populations of lion, leopard and cheetah. Elsewhere, the rugged landscape of Damaraland is home to black rhino and desert elephant.

Family enjoying sunset in Namibia on the dunes

Take in sensational sunsets at Sossusvlei on a Namibia family holiday

Why take the kids?

Some of our top activities on Namibia family holidays include:

  1. Heading out with your family on the open road through spine-tingling scenery
  2. Searching for the Big Five on a self-drive safari in Etosha
  3. Whooping as you board or dash down the massive dunes at Sossusvlei
  4. Following a tiny tok tokkie beetle through the Namib Desert
  5. Tracking rhinos and desert elephants amongst the barren wilderness of Damaraland
  6. Tackling the dunes on a fat bike from Swakopmund
  7. Getting up close to rescued cheetah at Okonjima
  8. Horse riding at Desert Homestead Lodge

Most families choose to self-drive in Namibia, to go at their own pace and remain in control of timings for photos/lunch/stretching-the-legs opportunities. Driving here is also very straightforward – you drive on the left.

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Animals gather around the waterholes in Etosha making them easy to spot

Another reason that a Namibia family holiday is such a hit with the kids, is the range of activities on offer. Amongst the stunning dunes at Sossusvlei, children can climb to the top of the ‘Big Daddy’ dune to look out over the unforgettable wilderness of the world’s oldest desert. Kids will also be inspired by the ancient rock art in Damaraland, meeting the San Bushmen of the Kalahari, and gorging on Skeleton Coast shellfish.

There is also a fantastic range of accommodation in Namibia. This varies from luxury lodges built above watering holes to ‘pop-up’ campervans where kids love bedding down for the night on the roof.

Check out our Namibia with Kids blog for more photos and ideas of things to do on a family holiday in Namibia. For a more detailed peak at what a self-drive trip looks like, check out our Best Family Road trips blog.

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Share a photo with friends at the Tropic Of Capricorn

Example Namibia family itineraries

Our itineraries are bespoke which means that they are tailor-made for your family. We will always take into account the ages of your children, your interests, your budget and so on. However, to give you an idea of what you could do on a family holiday in Namibia, have a look at our sample itineraries Highlights of Namibia (2-weeks) and Highlights of Namibia (3-weeks).

Also check out some of the other places that you might like to visit on your trip and if you need further inspiration, have a look at our Namibia photo gallery.

Lastly, don’t forget to check what the weather will be like at the time that you want to travel. Or simply give us a ring and we’ll be delighted to advise on the best Namibia family holiday for you.

Will all children enjoy a Namibia family safari?

For expert advice on family-friendly safaris in Namibia, and to compare with other safari destinations, check out our family safari section. Or simply ring us.

Desert Elephant in Namibia's Damaraland

The varied safari activities on Namibia family holidays are popular with kids – not only game drives but also bush walks and animal tracking


Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.

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