Namibia Safari – The Ultimate Family Vacation

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Namibia Safari

Combining rich culture and traditions, with striking landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and spectacular desert ecosystems; a Namibia safari offers a family vacation experience like none other in Africa.

We know what you’re thinking already. “Take my kids to a country that is predominantly desert? You must be joking!” Actually, we’re dead serious. It may not seem like the obvious choice when choosing the ultimate destination for a family vacation in Africa, however, trust us when we tell you that it’s extremely hard to beat a Namibia safari.


While this vast land may be one of the world’s least populated countries, it remains a popular choice for travellers. Putting aside the obvious reasons, which includes the phenomenal scenery, Namibia is an ideal family vacation destination for a multitude of reasons. Not only is it quite a cost-effective option for a safari compared to some other destinations, Namibia is also very safe, clean and organised. This makes it easy to plan your trip and to get around once in the country. There are also plenty of outdoor activities that families can enjoy together and bond over.


Desert Dune Sandboarding

The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world and boasts some of the largest sand dunes on the planet. Zooming down these dunes at speeds reaching up to 50mph, sandboarding is an excellent and super fun way to experience the desert. A few of the best places to take part in this activity is Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Sossuvlei. There are numerous tour operators in the area which provide guided boarding activities and equipment hire. It is a reasonably self-paced activity making it suitable for everyone from the kiddies to the grandparents.

Himba Visit

Living in the remote northwest region of Kunene, the Himba is one of the last tribes in Africa living strictly within their tradition. A cultural tour to visit a traditional Himba tribe is a truly immersive cultural experience. The tours are informal and informative, and allow both children and adults alike to interact with these remarkable people and learn a bit more about their lifestyle.

Living Desert Tours

Children can (quite literally) get their hands dirty on this brilliant activity aimed at the young, bright-eyed and bushy tailed generation. Kiddies are taken out to the dunes where they can dig around in the sand, searching for little desert creatures such as dancing lizards and harmless cartwheeling spiders. It’s a bit like a treasure hunt for wildlife!

Quad Biking in the Namib Desert

Get revved and ready! A quad bike (ATV) adventure through Namibia’s boundless expanse of shifting sand dunes is a thrilling way to experience the desert. If you’ve got teenagers, this is one sure-fire way to win their hearts over. Quad bikes are not only a lot of fun, but also allow you to explore some areas of the sand dunes that are inaccessible even to 4x4s, and witness some spectacular views of the desert.

Kayaking with Seals

Namibia’s coast is home to around 600,000 Cape fur seals and kayaking among them in Walvis Bay is a very special experience that we highly recommend. Two-man kayaks can be hired so that adults can share with children, and the tours are fully guided. Alternatively, you could head out on a catamaran to see the area. Scattered with whale bones and shipwrecks, Namibia’s barren coastline is a fascinating area and definitely worth exploring. In addition to the seals, you might even be lucky enough to spot bottlenose dolphins or leatherback turtles.

Okonjima Cheetah Interaction

Before you get your knickers in a knot about wildlife encounters, hear us out! We don’t support any organisations that keeps wildlife in captivity or allows petting/interactions. However, Okonjima’s Africat Foundation is a genuine non-profit organisation that is doing great things to conserve Namibia’s large carnivores. Here, guests are afforded the opportunity to track the rehabilitated cheetahs, and other predators, within the 200km2 Okonjima Nature Reserve either in a vehicle or on foot. Due to the sensitive nature of the activity, there are some age restrictions, so chat to us to find out more about that.


Namibia SafariNamibia is a very popular self-drive safari destination. Self-drive safaris are a great option for a family vacation as they allow you to set your own pace and spend time bonding as a family in between destinations. However, if you like the idea of a family road trip but aren’t that confident in your 4×4 driving skills, there is also the option to hire a driver-guide to show you around the country. Alternatively, you could also fly from place to place in a light aircraft. It’s a more expensive option but it does give you the opportunity to witness Namibia’s magnificent mountains, canyons, pans and dunes from a bird’s eye perspective.

If a Namibia safari is starting to sound like a good idea, get in touch with us to help you plan your perfect family vacation tailored to your budget, interests and schedule.

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Claire Birtwhistle

Born and raised in the bush in South Africa, Claire has grown up with a deep love for wildlife and enjoys nothing more than immersing herself in nature. When she's not barefoot outside, she can be found at her computer blogging about adventures and editing her photographs.