Namibia family holidays
If you are looking for an intriguing destination that offers exciting wildlife, stunning scenery and wonderfully exhilarating activities look no further than a family holiday to Namibia. From the top of the towering sand dunes at Sossusvlei you can watch as the sun turns the magnificent Namib Desert crimson, rose and amber. 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 enjoy adrenaline activities or head to the desolate Atlantic Coast to spot eerie ancient shipwrecks.
All Namibia family holidays should also include a safari through Etosha National Park. This vies with the more famous East African parks in terms of world-class game viewing with huge herds of elephant and zebra as well as large populations of lion, leopard and cheetah. The rugged landscape of Damaraland is home to black rhino and desert elephant. Take a drive through this stunning wilderness, climb Brandberg Mountain or see ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein.
The perfect destination for a self-drive holiday, Namibia has a great tourist infrastructure with a wide range of excellent accommodation, good roads and some breathtaking sights and experiences. It ticks all the boxes for a truly memorable family holiday.
Why take the kids?
Self-driving here is straightforward and safe, which makes Namibia family holidays a more economic option when compared to other African countries. Plus you drive on the left! Being in control of timings for photo/lunch/travel sickness breaks means you can take to the open road at your own pace. Accommodation and guided excursions are booked in advance so that you can mix free time with organised tours – perfect for independent families. Namibia is also mostly malaria-free and its reliable climate makes it a good choice for younger families.
Safaris in Etosha are arguably more suitable for younger children than those in East Africa. Permanent waterholes mean that the animals basically come to you. Park up and wait for them to congregate or simply relax at your lodge and watch them emerge at the floodlit waterhole each evening.
If you are looking for an action then head to Swakopmund where older children will love quad biking and dune carting. Camel rides and hot air balloon safaris are a slower-paced way to enjoy the desert scenery or head to the coast and go sea kayaking amongst the dolphins and seals of Walvis Bay.
Amongst the stunning dunes at Sossusvlei, children can climb to the top of ‘Big Daddy’ and look out over the unforgettable wilderness of the world’s oldest desert. Be inspired by ancient rock art in Damaraland, meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari and gorge on Skeleton Coast shellfish. There is a fantastic range of accommodation to choose from varying from luxury lodges to ‘pop-up’ campervans. A self-drive family holiday to Namibia has to be the ultimate ‘King of the Road’ experience! (Check out our Best Family Road trips blog for more)
Our top activities on Namibia family holidays include:
- Heading out with your family on the open road through some of the most stunning scenery in the world
- Searching for the big-five on a self-drive safari in Etosha
- Whooping it down the massive dunes at Sossusvlei
- Following a tiny tok tokkie beetle through the Namib Desert
- Tracking rhino amongst the barren wilderness of Damaraland
- Tackling sand dunes on a ‘Fat Bike’ from Swakopmund
- Getting up close to rescued cheetah at Okonjima
- Horse riding at Desert Homestead Lodge
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 and Northern Namibia.
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.
Are family safaris in Namibia safe for children?
Most itineraries in Namibia will include a wide variety of activities across a range of areas. The main region where you need to be careful about the wildlife is in the north, around Etosha National Park. Here there is a rigid safari etiquette – for example keeping arms inside the vehicle at all times and never getting out of the vehicle for an impromptu toilet stop – there are designated areas with public toilets which you must use.
Some lodges and campsites will be fenced, others will not. If you are camping, it is important to keep your tent zipped up at night and follow camp advice about what you should do if you need to get up in the night to go to the toilet. If you have younger children, you should ensure that you have one adult in the tent with them to deal with anything that might arise in the night.
More detailed advice will always be available at your accommodation and will be tailored to any specific issues you need to be aware of in that area.
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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