Family vacation in Namibia

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What to do in Namibia?

Welcome to the holiday in Namibia pages. Namibia is a large country located in south west Africa. Known to many Brits as a member of the Commonwealth, this country, which gained its independence in 1990, deserves to be famous! Did you know that Namibia has the highest dunes in the world? Or that the sun shines 300 days a year? Its size is around a third of that of the UK and its wildlife a savage paradise... … Trust us, you certainly won’t be disappointed by a trip to Namibia! In a country called, until recently, South West Africa, you'll spot lions, elephants and giraffes in well organised natural reserves that you can also explore at your own will. You can fly over deserts and coastlines, feel your hackles rise in forests charred over 1,000 years ago, or explore one of the largest canyons in the world ... One thing's for sure, your trip to Namibia will be unforgettable, whether you're on a family holiday or travelling solo.

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Namibia is a fantastic destination for families, with plenty of activities for everyone from toddlers to teenagers, and parents, of course. The country is a safe destination and well-suited for self-drive adventures, making this an ideal place in Africa to visit with children.

What makes Namibia a great destination for families?

Namibia is home to a large array of exciting wildlife and a range of family-friendly activities. It offers the opportunity for fun beach breaks, educational wildlife holidays or family adventures in the desert. You might want to try sand boarding, climbing the towering sand dunes, or a safari that the whole family will enjoy. 

Best things to do in Namibia with kids

A family vacation in Namibia can be filled with as much adventure or relaxation as you please, so here are our top picks for family activities. 

See sand everywhere in Swakopmund

The city of Swakopmund is sandwiched between the powerful Atlantic Ocean and the vast, ancient Namib Desert. From here, take the kids in a small plane to fly high above the sand dunes and then along the coast, where you’ll spot zebras roaming on the sands and see shipwrecks engulfed by the land.

Have wild adventures in Etosha National Park 

By far the best thing to do with kids in Namibia is take a safari. Etosha has a range of habitats, from salt pans to grassy plains, and the kids will delight in spotting lions, elegant oryx and all manner of antelope here. 

Embark on a guided nature walk

In the Wartberg Plateau area, take a walk with a local Khoisan guide to learn about indigenous life in Namibia and the land they live on. The whole family will be enthralled, as you'll learn about identifying different animal droppings and how to track various kinds of wildlife.

Climb spectacular sand dunes

The Namib Desert’s dunes are some of the world's biggest. Kids can romp on the slopes or hike to the top of Big Daddy Dune. The views from the top of this highest dune are incredible, and the trip down the other side is fun for everyone, with sand boarding available in some areas. Head to Sossusvlei and and Deadvlei to see mineral pans and thousand-year-old petrified trees. 

Spot seals at Cape Cross

Cape Cross is a top highlight in Namibia for kids. Take a kayak or catamaran trip to see the world's largest Cape fur seal colony in their natural habitat. You'll be amazed by the sheer number of seals on the beach and in the water all around you. Don’t step on their poo, whatever you do, as it really stinks! 

Tips for planning a family vacation in Namibia

When planning a family vacation in Namibia, be sure to book your accommodation months in advance, as many of the lodges suited for young children fill up very quickly. The best way to travel as a family is by car, so hire a vehicle and self-drive around this vast and beautiful country to see all its highlights.

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