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  • Hi Bill, we had an amazing trip! All the lodges/hotels were great with perfect staff. The tour you booked for us at Swakop was very good. Berger did a great job and full of stories. We saw lots of seals and jackals and had a very exciting ride back over the dunes. Seeing it all from a scenic flight gave a different perspective. Caesar gave us an unbelievable trip all the way up to the Kunene River. Lots of kilometres but such wonderful sites to visit. We tracked but didn’t see the lion. Lots of elephants and antelope and herds of zebra racing the land cruiser across an enormous open plain! Huab was a welcome rest and we drank our wine while lazing in the hot spring. Not much large game around now but plenty of smaller interest. At Ongava we saw 3 prides of lion (about 22 in total) and actually walked through the bush to follow a female white rhino and her calf. Wow! Two black rhinos visited the waterhole in front of the lodge every evening! Etosha was excellent. Lots happening! The highlights were a lion stalking very large herds of game at Salvadora waterhole and a group of 12 elephants bathing at Klein Namutoni. It was good spending 2 nights at Okonjima. So much to do! lots of cheetah and leopard to track with great sightings. We were also fortunate to find the two wild dogs and to see porcupine from the night hide. The visit to the San bushmen at Bagatelle was well done – and we met quite a few colourful Himba people up in Damaraland. We even saw an aardvark at Bagatelle on a night drive. The roads were not as rutted as we expected but the road in and out of Twyfelfontein was very badly corrugated. The smaller Duster was fine but perhaps a bigger 4×4 would give a bit more confident and a smoother ride. Thanks Bill for organising such a great trip. We really loved it.

    John and Jean from Kent travelled to Namibia
Game drive in Damaraland, NamibiaGiraffe on Etosha Pan, NamibiaHimba girl, Kaokoland, NamibiaNamaqua Chameleon, Kaokoland, NamibiaOkaukuejo swimming pool, Etosha, NamibiaQuadbiking in the Namib Desert, NamibiaSeal swimming, Pelican Point, NamibiaSoussusvlei Dune running, Namib Desert, Namibia

Namibia

Family holidays

Family holidays in Namibia

If you are planning to travel with very young children, then Namibia offers malaria free regions and some excellent places to combine relaxation with sight-seeing and some gentle wildlife viewing. However, until children are old enough to cope with lengthy overland travel or internal light aircraft hops, or take malaria tablets in order to visit Etosha National Park, we would not specifically suggest Namibia as an ideal destination for families with very young children.

Once children are of an age to cope with these factors, Namibia becomes a superb family option. Whether you choose to self-drive, travel overland with a private guide (possibly including some camping), or undertake a ‘flying’ safari, there are many options to keep kids interested and happy. Many properties have swimming pools and the warm, dry climate (most of the time) makes it easy to combine amazing safari activities with more traditional family relaxation around the pool. The older your children, the greater the opportunities, and for families travelling with late teenagers (usually 16 or older), Namibia offers fantastic adventure activities such as quad-biking, dune boarding, horse-riding, rhino-tracking, hot-air ballooning and even sky-diving.

In terms of accommodation, some camps and lodges in Namibia have two-bedroomed ‘family units’, and safari tents or lodge rooms which are large enough to include an extra bed. There are also a couple of destinations which offer private safari house or ‘villa’ options. However, quadruple accommodation is difficult to arrange outside of the NWR restcamps.

If your family are keen on adventure and exclusivity, then you could consider a private camping safari (minimum two nights). The best regions for camping safaris are Damaraland and Kaokoland, and the longer you are prepared to camp for, the more remote and ‘off the beaten track’ your safari can be. On these camping safaris, the maximum number per tent would be 2.

Please visit our Family Safaris page for more general information on travelling to Africa with children, or contact us with your specific ideas and questions.