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Namibia Family Safaris

4.6/5  –  191 Namibia Reviews

If you’re planning an African safari with your family, Namibia would be an excellent choice. That’s partly because of its winning combination of wonderful wildlife, beautiful scenery and generally first-rate accommodation. All of these things would make Namibia worth considering regardless of the type of safari you want to have. But Namibia is especially good for a family safari because it’s a safe destination with outstanding safari infrastructure and tour operators with wide-ranging experience in running family safaris. Its broad range of attractions are also perfect for families, with a great mix of animals, fun activities and plenty of shipwrecks.

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7 Questions About Namibia Family Safaris


7 Questions About Namibia Family Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

Is a Namibia family safari recommended?

“Yes, definitely. I have traveled all around Namibia on self-drive safaris with my children and they loved the experience. It’s the sort of place where good roads, fine accommodation and lots of fantastic animals will keep the kids happy. I was never worried about their safety while we were in Namibia, and they especially loved climbing up and down the sand dunes of Sossusvlei. A self-drive safari is particularly good for family travel because of the independence it gives you, but other kinds of safari can also work. Traveling around Namibia with children will, however, require careful planning to ensure that you match your itinerary with the age and interests of your kids. Make sure you discuss your needs with any prospective safari operators. And brings lots of distractions and forms of entertainment for those long car journeys.”


Where should I go in Namibia with kids?

“There are lots of wonderful places to take your kids in Namibia. Don’t miss Etosha National Park for the incredible wildlife: your children may see elephants and lions by day, and black rhinos by night. At Sossusvlei you can all enjoy the childish thrill that comes from climbing high mountains of sand. Families also love the shipwrecks of the Skeleton Coast and the seal colony at Cape Cross. The rock art of Twyfelfontein and Brandberg is a fabulous way to learn a little history. The coastal town of Swakopmund is one of southern Africa’s adventure capitals, with so many activities on offer: you could try anything from sandboarding to horse-riding to go with other desert- and water-based fun. Spending time with the Indigenous San people at Tsumkwe or meeting rescued cheetahs, mongoose and monkeys at Harnas Wildlife Foundation’s Guest Farm are also terrific. These are all great places to plan your trip around. When you’re making plans, remember that Namibia is a vast country and the distance between attractions and destinations can be very large indeed. If you plan to cover a big area, allow for some rest days in between.”


Is it safe to go to Namibia with children?

“Namibia is an extremely safe destination for everyone, and there’s no reason why this doesn’t also apply to families and children. Namibia’s cities are generally much safer than many other African cities, and crime is exceptionally rare in rural areas. Namibia also has good road infrastructure and the country’s low population density means that there are relatively few vehicles on the road when compared to many other African countries; this minimizes the risk of traffic accidents. Confirm with your tour operator that you will not be traveling after dark on public roads, because this is when most accidents occur. The risk from wild animals to children is also extremely small, provided that you follow local advice. Make sure that you and your children stay in your vehicles while on safari, and never wander around unescorted at night.”


Is there a minimum age for children to go on a Namibia holiday?

“No, there is no minimum age for children to go on holiday in Namibia, although there may be age minimums for some specific activities. Traveling with really young children can be a challenge, but that’s the same everywhere. Namibia has well-stocked supermarkets in most medium-sized towns where you can buy supplies, although unless you’re on a really long safari, it can be easier if you bring your own. Remember that distances can be long in Namibia, which is something older children will be better able to adapt to than younger children. And if you’re going on such an exciting holiday, you may prefer that your children are old enough to remember the experience. But these are all preferences only. Check with any prospective safari operators whether they have a minimum age for those who join their tours. Otherwise, it’s entirely up to you.”


Are there special activities for children on a Namibia family safari?

“There aren’t usually any special child-focused activities on a Namibia family safari, although the chance to see animals that most children only get to see in a zoo is exciting enough for most kids. Other highlights that might get the kids excited include climbing the sand dunes of Sossusvlei or exploring the haunting shipwrecks along the Skeleton Coast. Many safari operators are used to catering for families and may be able to adapt some of their activities, depending, of course on the age of your children. Don’t be afraid to approach a number of tour operators to ask what they can offer when it comes to a family safari: it’s your trip after all. Swakopmund is undoubtedly the activities capital of the country, and you’re likely to have greater choice if you plan on spending some time in the city.”


How much does a Namibia family safari cost?

“There are many variables when it comes to the cost of a family safari. The time of year when you travel can make a big difference: prices in high season (from July to October) can be almost double those in low season (usually December to April). The kind of accommodation you opt for, whether you’re camping or staying in luxury accommodation, will obviously affect the cost of your safari. So, too, will the type of safari you choose: options include a group, private or self-drive safari. Depending on their age, children stay for free in some accommodation and they should pay less than full price for their safari in general. As a general rule, the cost of Namibia family safari packages is similar to that of any other kind of safari. Prices start at US$150 per person per day and can go higher than US$500 per person per day.”


What is the recommended length for a family safari in Namibia?

“How you answer this question will depend a lot on how old your children are, what your budget is, and how much time you have to spare. Ten days to two weeks is the optimum time for a Namibian safari, but if you’re traveling with younger children you may wish to restrict it to one week. No matter how long your safari, careful planning is a must. Regardless of the age of your children, you’re better off trying to see a few places well, rather than trying to see too much and spending much of your trip on the road.”


Namibia Reviews

4.6/5 191 Reviews
Lizzie Williams  –  
South Africa ZA

Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Unspoilt wilderness and unique and stunning landscapes offering a variety of contrasting safari expe

A hauntingly beautiful country that stretches along the west coast of southern Africa, with wide open spaces, big skies and some of the earth's most mystical and vivid sunsets, any visitor is blown away by the way Namibia ‘looks’ –...

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Christopher Clark  –  
United Kingdom UK

Christopher is a British travel writer and has contributed to various Fodor's guidebooks and a range of travel magazines.

Sand, salt pans and stars: Southern Africa’s wild west

With the exception of the verdant Zambezi Region, most of Namibia is comprised of harsh and inhospitable desert, but I’ve always found it staggeringly beautiful. Namibia was the first place I really travelled in Africa; I’ve been back...

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Deeksha Rathi  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Dec 21, 2022
Epic landscape and lovely people

We did an 11 day wildlife, dunes and canyons trip, booked by Indigo safaris and organised locally by Chameleon safaris. From the time we landed to the time we left, we saw amazing landscapes - it’s really a breathtaking variety of...

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Pedro A. E. Duarte  –  
Portugal PT
Reviewed: Nov 19, 2022
Namíbia Is the most civilized country and also one of the most beatifull from the ones i know.

Namibia is a country with very beautiful landscapes.
It is also a country with excellent natural parks where we can observe its abundant fauna and flora.
all this in a country with a very friendly, civilized and welcoming population.

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Pauline  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Oct 13, 2022

We choose to visit Southern Namibia including the Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Kolemanskop, Luderitz, the colossal dunes of Sossusvlei. Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe and Windhoek. Each destination offered great scenery, wildlife, beautiful...

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Phil Atkinson  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Oct 4, 2022
A wonderful few weeks in an extraordinary country. We will be back as much more to see

We booked very late really, early August but our tour organiser, Lilly of Great Explorations Namibia, pulled out all the stops to ensure we had our agreed car and accommodation which was great. Time is always an issue with trips as there is...

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