The place where luxury and relaxation meet endless adventure, it’s little wonder that Namibia has risen to become the ultimate family ‘bucket list’ holiday destination.
Each year scores of excited families from the UK and around the globe descend on the magical nation, enticed by the thrill of exploring vast desert landscapes, encountering fascinating wildlife and relaxing in lavish retreats nestled in the remote wilderness.
Namibia safari adventures also offer a break from the traditional two-week family trip to the Canary Islands. A Namibia safari offers the chance for families to reconnect and spend quality time together in a place far removed from the hustle and bustle of city or suburban life.
If you’re thinking of joining the growing number of families embarking on an unforgettable trip to the Soul of Africa, grab a cuppa and join us as we guide you through everything you need to know.
Choosing your safari type & when to visit
At first the thought of arranging a Namibia luxury safari can be a little bit daunting but fear not because there is now a plethora of trusted and reliable Namibia safari operators that will guide you through the booking process seamlessly.
The first thing you need to decide is whether you prefer a self-drive safari, a guided safari, or a fly-in safari. Each option has its own unique benefits; self-drive safaris allow you to take things at your own pace and you’ll travel from A to B in your own rented vehicle. Guided safaris are literally what it says on the tin; you’ll be accompanied by an experienced local guide, and he/she will impart their local knowledge, helping you and your family to get the most out of your trip.
The more prestigious option is a fly-in safari and with this choice you and your loved ones will be transported to different destinations in style, usually via a privately chartered plane. Fly-in safaris are great for families a little short on time because you’ll spend less time travelling by road.
In terms when to go, the best time for families to visit Namibia on safari is during the dry season, which runs from May-October. During this time, the weather is generally cooler, and the wildlife is more concentrated around water sources, making for better game viewing opportunities.
Additionally, the dry season provides families with a chance to experience a wider variety of activities that are dependent on good weather. The only downside of travelling during May-October is that it’s peak tourist season, so you should try to book your accommodation and activities well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Safari activities for all the family
Unlike a traditional European holiday, no day on a Namibia safari is ever the same and there are plenty of incredible activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Guided game drives rank amongst one of the most popular safari pastimes, providing families with the chance to witness incredible wildlife sightings as you explore Namibia’s vast national parks and private game reserves. From the comfort of your 4×4 you’ll get the chance to marvel at Africa’s iconic ‘Big 5’, whilst an experienced guide will deliver fascinating insights into the diverse environment.
Similarly, immersive bush walks offer the chance for families to explore the smaller details of the Namibian ecosystem and learn about the flora and fauna that thrive in areas such as Etosha National Park and rugged Damaraland.
For the adventure lovers amongst your kin, a Namibia safari adventure also presents the chance to try a range of adrenaline-inducing activities. Experience the thrill of sandboarding and quad biking as you explore the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei or head to the Skeleton Coast region, Namibia’s remote and wild coastline that offers excellent opportunities for kayaking, fishing, and birdwatching.
Slowing down the pace, book a hot air balloon ride and treat your family to a magical experience they’ll never forget. As you glide over the glorious Namib desert, you’ll appreciate the stark beauty of Namibia’s natural wonders from a completely different perspective.
Finally, no trip to Namibia would be complete without sampling the nation’s unique culture and decorated past. Head to Twyfelfontein where you will encounter a striking collection of centuries-old Bushmen art or pay a visit to the Himba, a semi-nomadic tribe who will welcome you with open arms and demonstrate their ancient customs and traditions.
Luxury Family Safari Accommodation
Namibia is renowned for its stunning accommodation options and during your safari your family will be given the chance to stay at a range of a luxury lodges and incredible camps, greatly enriching your trip.
Amongst the most popular luxury family lodges is Little Kulala, a breath-taking abode situated in the heart of the Namib Desert. Wi-fi, air conditioning, spacious living areas and private viewing decks offer a taste of just some of the available amenities, whilst the family suite boasts two large bedrooms with a private plunge pool for an added splash of luxury.
If mum and dad need some alone time the lodge even offers a babysitting service; the camp staff will go above and beyond to make sure that the little ones are kept safe, occupied, and entertained.
If you Namibia safari adventure transports you to the epic Skeleton Coast region then be sure to consider staying at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. This incredible lodge provides family units with two ensuite bedrooms, a private plunge pool, and a gorgeous living area adorned with chic décor.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp also has a reputation for serving delicious cuisine. Enjoy tasty seasonal dishes made with the finest local produce as you dine al fresco under a blanket of endless stars.
Other exceptional family-friendly options include Onguma Bush Camp. Located on the Eastern edge of Etosha National Park the camp offers stylish accommodation fitted with all the modern conveniences you could wish for. The camp even organises child orientated activities that are perfect for little ones, including the ‘Young Explorers Walk’.