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Family holidays in Namibia
Family holidays in Namibia
Family holidays in Namibia
Family holidays in Namibia
Family holidays in Namibia
Family holidays in Namibia

Namibia is a family friendly destination with most of the country being low risk for Malaria.

Leopard and cubs in Okonjima Nature Reserve

Namibia family holidays

Excellent family safari holidays in Namibia

Namibia offers fantastic self-driving family safari holidays. However, as stunning as the country's scenery is, it's unlikely to keep your youngest entertained for hours. Therefore, family holidays here are best for families with older children, who are fine with longer drives - they'll love the freedom and the sheer variety of a family holiday to Namibia.

As accommodation for your family safari holidays in Namibia, we usually recommend smaller guest farms and lodges because these tend to be more flexible, for instance with regard to meal times. Many of them have a big garden and adjoining rooms specifically designed to accommodate families on Namibia safari holidays. You're unlikely to find special activities for your children, but a friendly and informal atmosphere will usually allow them to run around and be noisy. Alternatively, for ultimate privacy, consider Namibia's exclusive-use villas and houses!

In addition, compared to other African countries, family safari holidays in Namibia can be considered as relatively safe: many lodges are set in areas with little dangerous game and all Namibia holds a very low malarial risk.

However, Namibia isn't only a destination for family safari holidays. We won't deny that its coastline doesn't make for 'classical' family beach holidays with azure, bath-warm water and palm-trees. Instead, you'll find a deserted stretch of barren land, scattered with ghostly shipwrecks and lapped by the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where seals live in huge colonies. It's a really special area - and more than worth exploring!

Nhoma Camp

Meeting Bushmen near Nhoma Camp is a sensitive, authentic insight into a fascinating culture and the bush. We highly recommend Nhoma Camp and Bushmanland for Namibia family safari holidays with interested, adventurous and enthusiasic children of all ages, ideally 8+.

Onguma Bush Camp

Overlooking a pumped waterhole on the Onguma Reserve, Onguma Bush Camp is just 9km from the gate into Namibia’s famous Etosha National Park. As the only fenced property on the reserve it is an ideal stop off on a family safari.

Mountain Lodge

With discounted rates for children up to the age of 18, Mountain Lodge is a great-value destination for families travelling around Namibia. Added to this, the Etosha Heights Reserve also offers a fantastic range of activities to keep children entertained.


Desert Horse Inn

For a family safari holiday in Namibia, consider the Desert Horse Inn, which has no age restrictions. Set in Klein-Aus Vista's semi-desert reserve, it has a relaxed, informal atmosphere, with plenty of space for children to run around.

Canyon Village

The informal Canyon Village has plenty of space for children to play, a lovely pool and fun adjacent walking trails to explore, making it a good addition to a family holiday to Namibia.

The Delight

The Delight’s bright quirky décor and excellent breakfast bar represents a modern and refreshing option among Swakopmund’s larger hotels. With 10 loft-style family rooms and a child-friendly atmosphere this is a great option for a family holiday in Namibia.


Am Weinberg

The Am Weinberg Hotel is an excellent option for families travelling in Namibia. Spacious family apartments in a separate wing have baby cots and changing tables available. The hotel restaurant has a children’s menu, and there’s a choice of five other restaurants on the private estate.


Am Weinberg

The Am Weinberg Hotel is an excellent option for families travelling in Namibia. Spacious family apartments in a separate wing have baby cots and changing tables available. The hotel restaurant has a children’s menu, and there’s a choice of five other restaurants on the private estate.

Mountain Lodge

With discounted rates for children up to the age of 18, Mountain Lodge is a great-value destination for families travelling around Namibia. Added to this, the Etosha Heights Reserve also offers a fantastic range of activities to keep children entertained.

Mushara Bush Camp

Near Etosha, Mushara Camp sleeps up to four guests in each family tent, and is highly recommended for family safari holidays in Namibia. Expect a pool, a climbing frame, a play area, flexible dining and a children’s menu. Children under 3 stay free.


Halali Camp

With one of the largest pools in Namibia and a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, Halali Camp makes a great stop for those travelling with children in Namibia. Its convenient location within Etosha National Park is an added plus, and it’s relatively economical too.

Safarihoek Lodge

In the private Etosha Heights Reserve, Safarihoek Lodge is unusual amongst safari lodges in offering discount rates for children up to the age of 18. This makes it (and its sister properties on the reserve) great value on a family holiday to Namibia.


Am Weinberg

The Am Weinberg Hotel is an excellent option for families travelling in Namibia. Spacious family apartments in a separate wing have baby cots and changing tables available. The hotel restaurant has a children’s menu, and there’s a choice of five other restaurants on the private estate.

Safarihoek Lodge

In the private Etosha Heights Reserve, Safarihoek Lodge is unusual amongst safari lodges in offering discount rates for children up to the age of 18. This makes it (and its sister properties on the reserve) great value on a family holiday to Namibia.


Okaukuejo Camp

Inside Etosha National Park, overlooking a prolific waterhole, the fenced Okaukuejo Camp is a good option on a family safari. It’s also one of the more economical options in the area, although it can be a little rough around the edges.

Mushara Bush Camp

Near Etosha, Mushara Camp sleeps up to four guests in each family tent, and is highly recommended for family safari holidays in Namibia. Expect a pool, a climbing frame, a play area, flexible dining and a children’s menu. Children under 3 stay free.


Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei Lodge is conveniently located for access to the iconic dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. With a family-friendly atmosphere and dedicated activity centre, the lodge is geared to keeping children of all ages occupied on a safari in Namibia.


Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei Lodge is conveniently located for access to the iconic dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. With a family-friendly atmosphere and dedicated activity centre, the lodge is geared to keeping children of all ages occupied on a safari in Namibia.


Andersson's at Ongava

Although it has been upgraded and is now a more upmarket lodge, Andersson’s at Ongava remains a great option for a family holiday to Namibia. The lodge is still fenced, with a family suite and plenty to keep children entertained.

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Where to see wildlife species in Africa

Maximise the chances of seeing your favourite African animals based on traveller sightings reports from the field.


Buffalo

Buffalo

Syncerus caffer

One of the ‘Big Five’, buffalo earned a fearsome reputation in hunters’ tales. By contrast, big herds of these sociable bovids are placid, but mount formidable defences against predators.

83% SUCCESS

1,112 sightings from 1,335 observations

Where to see buffalo in Africa

Cheetah

Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

The cheetah is the fastest land animal and the only cat that hunts by pure speed. Found largely in open grasslands, its slim, elegant form is today an increasingly rare sight.

29% SUCCESS

418 sightings from 1,453 observations

Where to see cheetah in Africa

Elephant

Elephant

Loxodonta africana

By far the biggest of the so-called Big Five – indeed, the largest land animal on the planet – the elephant shapes the very landscape it inhabits and is a defining presence on any safari.

91% SUCCESS

1,590 sightings from 1,750 observations

Where to see elephant in Africa

Oryx

Oryx

Oryx sp.

Oryx are impressive antelopes, with a powerful physique and elegant markings set off by rapier-like horns. They cut a distinctive dash in some of Africa’s harshest landscapes.

70% SUCCESS

644 sightings from 924 observations

Where to see oryx in Africa

Giraffe

Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis

The world’s tallest land mammal, giraffes are herbivores which have evolved many unique adaptations. Their iconic outlines tower above the bush in many of Africa’s wildlife areas.

83% SUCCESS

1,523 sightings from 1,833 observations

Where to see giraffe in Africa

Hippo

Hippo

Hippopotamus amphibius

The territorial calls of the hippo create a signature soundtrack to Africa’s rivers & wetlands. Despite an endearing smile, this aquatic herbivore has a notoriously aggressive disposition.

89% SUCCESS

1,168 sightings from 1,310 observations

Where to see hippo in Africa

Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena

Crocuta crocuta

The spotted hyena may be thought of as ‘ugly’ and ‘cowardly’. In fact, this versatile and intelligent carnivore is one of Africa’s most fascinating and warrants attention on any safari.

50% SUCCESS

903 sightings from 1,799 observations

Where to see spotted hyena in Africa

Brown Hyena

Brown Hyena

Parahyaena brunnea

This largely solitary scavenger is one of the more elusive and little-known of Africa’s carnivores. Shaggier than its spotted cousin, it occurs only in the arid southwest of the continent.

16% SUCCESS

112 sightings from 711 observations

Where to see brown hyena in Africa

Leopard

Leopard

Panthera pardus

The most numerous of Africa’s big cats, leopard occur across many habitats, from wild tracts to populated areas. Their grace and their elusive nature make them a unique safari drawcard.

45% SUCCESS

840 sightings from 1,873 observations

Where to see leopard in Africa

Lion

Lion

Panthera leo

Lions are at the top of the food chain and also most safari wish-lists, but with their numbers falling fast, any encounter with these majestic apex predators always feels like a privilege.

80% SUCCESS

1,314 sightings from 1,646 observations

Where to see lion in Africa

Black Rhino

Black Rhino

Diceros bicornis

The black rhino is the smaller and rarer of Africa’s two rhino species but has the more fearsome reputation. Shy and heavily persecuted, it tends to stick to cover.

29% SUCCESS

261 sightings from 899 observations

Where to see black rhino in Africa

White Rhino

White Rhino

Ceratotherium simum

The white rhino is the largest and most numerous of the world’s five rhinoceros species. They are larger, easier to see and generally more approachable than the black rhino.

43% SUCCESS

218 sightings from 508 observations

Where to see white rhino in Africa

Wild dog

Wild dog

Lycaon pictus

African wild dogs are among the continent’s most compelling animals. Much misunderstood, these rare, tie-dyed canids are amazingly efficient hunters with a fascinating social life.

31% SUCCESS

375 sightings from 1,214 observations

Where to see wild dog in Africa

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Connochaetes sp.

Superficially bovine in appearance, wildebeests are known for their spectacular migrations sometimes in huge numbers. These resilient animals are some of Africa’s most successful herbivores.

63% SUCCESS

1,058 sightings from 1,668 observations

Where to see wildebeest in Africa

Pangolin

Pangolin

Smutsia sp.

Pangolins appear to be more pine cone than animal in their unique armoury of scales. These nocturnal, ant-eating oddities are not only highly elusive but also increasingly rare.

2% SUCCESS

27 sightings from 1,487 observations

Where to see pangolin in Africa

Aardvark

Aardvark

Orycteropus afer

The aardvark is one of Africa’s most bizarre and enigmatic animals. A shy, nocturnal termite-eater, signs of its presence may be scattered about the bush whilst sightings remain elusive.

3% SUCCESS

43 sightings from 1,572 observations

Where to see aardvark in Africa

Eland

Eland

Taurotragus oryx

Africa’s largest antelope, eland are culturally important from prehistoric rock art to modern game farms. Though widespread, they are also shy so sightings are uncommon and often fleeting.

45% SUCCESS

613 sightings from 1,362 observations

Where to see eland in Africa

Meerkat

Meerkat

Suricata suricatta

These highly sociable little mammals have an endearing appearance and comical antics. Found in the drier areas of Southern Africa, close encounters are a sought-after experience.

20% SUCCESS

38 sightings from 189 observations

Where to see meerkat in Africa

Zebra

Zebra

Equus sp.

The zebra is a quintessential African animal: the horse in stripy pyjamas at the end of every child’s A–Z. There are three species, of which the plains zebra is much the most common.

84% SUCCESS

1,724 sightings from 2,057 observations

Where to see zebra in Africa

Roan antelope

Roan antelope

Hippotragus equinus

Africa’s second largest antelope and one of its most handsome, with a powerful build and distinctive markings, roan are wary of people, but renowned for their bravery against predators.

24% SUCCESS

228 sightings from 959 observations

Where to see roan antelope in Africa

Sable antelope

Sable antelope

Hippotragus niger

Perhaps Africa’s most beautiful antelope, sable are renowned for their combative nature, even holding off lions. Shy and restricted in range, sightings of sable are always special.

21% SUCCESS

198 sightings from 954 observations

Where to see sable antelope in Africa

Sitatunga

Sitatunga

Tragelaphus spekii

The sitatunga is the most aquatic of Africa’s antelopes and specially adapted to its swampy habitats. Though widespread across Africa, only a handful of places offer reliable sightings.

20% SUCCESS

25 sightings from 122 observations

Where to see sitatunga in Africa

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