Namibia is an incredible family destination if you are looking for an adventurous desert experience.
If you are planning to travel with very young children, then Namibia is a little limited. The south of the country is malaria free and there are some good places to combine relaxation with sight-seeing and gentle wildlife viewing. However, until children are old enough to cope with lengthy overland travel, take malaria tablets and take an interest in the stark desert environment, it is likely that they will not fully enjoy Namibia.
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 dedicated Family Safaris page for more general information on travelling to Africa with children, or Contact Us with your specific ideas and questions.