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Namibia

  • Dear Mary, we wanted to write you a note to say a huge thank you for all of your help planning and organising our honeymoon. We had the most amazing time. It was absolutely perfect and everything we dreamed it would be and more. Each of the properties we visited were perfect and you had clearly listened to exactly what we wanted by keeping them all small and personal. The game viewing at Etosha was second to none and being able to self drive around the park gave it an exclusive feel and we had some experiences we will never forget. We didn’t think it was possible for a herd of 23 Elephants to creep up without us realising whilst we were busy watching a leopard at a waterhole without another person or car in sight! This email would not be complete without a mention about the wild camping. This for us was the best three days of the entire trip. Being out in such deserted wildnerness was an unbelievable experience and one which is very difficult to describe to people who have not seen it. Our guide, Eric, was first class and ensured our experience was as good as it was. Simply put, a trip to Namibia without visiting this region in this way would be incomplete. There is one last thing…. when can we go again?!

    David and Kirsten travelled around Namibia on honeymoon
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.