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Namibia Family Safaris, Locations, Accomodation & Travel Itineraries

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Why Namibia for a Safari?

While it's true that parts of Namibia feature vast tracts of sand, sparse vegetation and extreme temperatures, only 16% of the country is desert and there is far more than dune-spotting to do. Namibia is Africa's top self-drive safari destination, rivalling even South Africa for family-friendly and highly affordable self-catered camps. That said, visitors to Namibia looking for an ultra-luxurious safari experience are also more than catered for. In a land where there are on average 2 persons per hectare (1 person per acre), this is a vast country filled with outdoor activities.

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Namibia Family Safari Itineraries

We've got your family covered, whether it's to find your piece of heaven at a Big Five safari camp in Etosha, take a cross-country desert safari into Sossusvlei or explore Namibia's wet and wild Caprivi Strip.

Take a look below to get an idea of what is possible for your family safari. We know these destinations work especially well but get in touch because there is much more we can offer you. Can you imagine walking up the tallest dunes on earth to watch the sun rise in Sossusvlei? Our travel experts know which camps and lodges will be ideally suited to your family and can make your life so much easier with suggestions for destinations in Namibia.
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Namibia Family Safari Accommodation

Self-drive and self-catering options also ensure a good selection of accommodation suitable for families.

High-end luxury lodges in parks all over the country cater to guests looking to dodge the dry-season crowds. For fly-in visitors, some wonderfully remote safari camps in areas like Damaraland, Kaokoveld, the desert south of Sossusvlei and the Skeleton Coast offer extremely high staff-to-guest ratios, taking exclusivity and personalised service to heart.
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Top family-safari destinations in Namibia

The deserts

Sossusvlei's rich-ochre dunes stand tall in the Namib Naukluft National Park creating incredible photo opportunities, especially at dawn and sunset. There are many ways to discover the stark beauty of the Namib Desert from fly-in safaris to family-friendly self-drives. Sightseeing rather than wildlife is the main agenda here with attractions like Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon nearby. Also, get a bird's-eye view of the sandscapes at sunset from a hot-air balloon, which is one of the most peaceful ways to experience the desert...
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The Deserts Continued

Neighbouring Sossusvlei, the Namibrand is a collection of private farms protecting a sand-swept terrain of dunes, grasslands and isolated mountain ranges. Possible wildlife encounters include Namibia's national animal, the oryx, other antelope as well as zebra, hyena, jackal and fox. Typical safari activities on the reserve include guided drives and nature walks as well as quad biking, hot-air ballooning and remote picnics in the epic desert stillness.

Damaraland

It is for the ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein that Damaraland is most celebrated, where hunter-gathers left carvings and paintings some 6 000 years ago. The Damaraland region is also where you will find Namibia's tallest mountain, Brandberg. Desert-adapted elephants are among the resilient wildlife inhabiting this harsh geology of dusty plains, petrified forests and rocky outcrops. Other wildlife you might encounter on walks and game drives include zebra, lion and critically-endangered black rhino which are an exhilarating sight against this bleak and desolate backdrop. You would be hard-pressed to find a more pristine, uninhabited piece of wilderness anywhere on earth. Take in these dramatic landscapes from a 4x4 vehicle, on foot, on a quad bike or by motorboat safari along a short stretch of the Kunene River. The semi-nomadic Himba people live off the land in this sparsely-populated, unforgiving desert environment. Some camps and lodges in this region of Namibia offer socially-responsible tours into Himba settlements for profound cultural interactions and learning.

Etosha National Park

Namibia's flagship wildlife reserve, Etosha National Park is the busiest and most easily accessible reserve in the country. It gets its name from the Etosha Pan, a 120km long dry lakebed and the park's distinctive feature, visible even from space. Etosha's extremely flat terrain makes it one of the easiest places to spot the Big Five in Africa, especially in the dry season when thirsty animals congregate around watering holes. A peculiar stretch of land often overlooked in favour of more traditional destinations, the Caprivi Strip is unique within Namibia and offers visitors a truly off-the-beaten-track safari experience. The lily-studded wetlands in national parks like Mahangu, Mdumu and Nkasa Rupara are inhabited by colourful waterbirds, crocodile and big game such as lion and buffalo. Family-friendly safari excursions include game drives, bush walks and sundowners on floating pontoons.