Family Activities in Namibia
Why plan a family holiday to Namibia
Namibia is a land of a thousand landscapes, from the famous dunes of Swakopmund to the beautiful ocean views along the Skeleton Coast. It is not the easiest destination to explore with smaller children, given the dry heat and long distances – however, for active teenagers and adventurous families, it’s a playground. It’s also virtually malaria-free. Namibia is home to unique wildernesses like the Namib Desert, the world’s oldest desert, and the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon.
Family-friendly activities in Namibia
Get up close to the desert-adapted rhino of Damaraland on an expertly guided rhino tracking expedition. For families traveling with little ones, you can spot the rhino from the comfort of a safari vehicle. Alternatively, you can discover these giants on foot alongside expert trackers. The region is also home to desert-adapted elephant, zebra and lion.
Discovering Etosha National Park in a safari vehicle promises to be an extraordinary experience for all members of the family. Namibia’s premier safari destination, Etosha’s scarce water holes attract enormous congregations of wildlife and can render thousands of sightings over the course of a day. The park boasts an array of wildlife including rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hyena, zebra and antelope.
Marvel at the millenia-old paintings and engravings left behind by ancient bushmen in Twyfelfontein. A Unesco World Heritage Site, the rock-art galleries of Twyfelfontein tell the story of the people and wildlife that once called this region home. To date, over 2,500 engravings have been discovered. This activity is perfect for the whole family and a unique way for little ones to learn about Namibia’s history.
Cape Fur Seal Colony
Home to over 100,000 Cape fur seals, the seal colony at Cape Cross is truly a sight to behold. Attracted by a healthy population of fish drawn to the Benguela current, this monstrous colony can be seen year-round. Visitors can observe the seals from designated walkways as they lounge on the beach and frolic in the surf. We recommend taking a handkerchief or bandana to cover your nose for this expedition.
Pull on your hiking shoes to discover 1.5 billion years of geological history as you descend 550m into the largest gorge in Africa, the Fish River Canyon. Situated in the far south of Namibia, Fish River Canyon’s hiking trails cover a distance of over 85km and are not for the faint-hearted. If you’re traveling with little ones, skip the hike and relish in the unforgettable views of the second largest canyon in the world.
Located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the sand dunes of Sossusvlei are a desert playground for the adventurous family. The Sossusvlei valley is home to some of the world’s tallest dunes and families can spend their days tearing through the dunes on a quad bike or sand board. Capture incredible memories for the family album on a sunrise hot air balloon expedition or scenic flight over the region.
Book your family safari to Namibia
History buffs, photographers, and safari enthusiasts, Namibia is the destination for you. Our expert consultants have taken the hassle out of your holiday with our collection of eco-friendly Namibia Family Safaris that include lodges with specialised children’s programmes, as well as familiy activities. Start planning your responsible family adventure to Namibia today.