Namibia: the ideal family safari destination

Wondering if you can travel to Namibia with your family, including your kids? The answer is a definite yes! In fact, you can expect a very exciting African adventure that your kids will never forget.

Let’s tell you why: 

Travel safely:  You can really feel at ease when travelling through Namibia with your family; one of the safest countries in Africa.  The country has a very low crime rate, with isolated incidents of common crime, like pickpocketing, that can be avoided by being sensible and alert when you travel.

You can also look forward to safe travels in terms of the quality of roads. You will find a lot of gravel roads, but even these are well maintained and in a good condition.  Keeping to the speed limit, looking out for animals in wildlife areas, and not driving at night is advised when travelling through Namibia.  

Best time to visit: The best time to visit is between July and August, which ideally falls over the summer school holiday for most countries.

More good news is that Namibia has no malaria in the tourist areas and you don’t have to take any malaria medication, no matter which time of the year you plan your itinerary.  The only area that has a higher risk for malaria is in the Caprivi strip in the far north.  

Medical care:  When you are travelling with kids, one of your first concerns is that you have access to reliable and quality medical care.  Namibia is a developed country where you will find excellent hospitals and doctors. However, depending on your itinerary you might travel long distances between destinations and it is advisable to have a good medical kit with you in case of a medical emergency.

Accommodation:  You can look forward to quality accommodation options. Whether you are looking to stay at a lodge, reserve, or even go camping, you can expect a high standard of hospitality all over Namibia. Remember to book child-friendly accommodation or ask for a family room where available.

Language: Namibia speaks English, making it accessible even for smaller children.

Attractions:   The attractions and ‘things to do’ in Namibia are endless and you will have to plan your trip to the T, to make sure you get to experience most of what Namibia has to offer. 

Just to name a few, you can add to your list, spending time on the sand dunes, visiting heritage and cultural destinations, going on safari in Etosha, going for a hike, riding on a fatbike in the desert, attempting a sand board, exploring the living desert, taking a trip to the Cape Cross Seal Reserve, experience the Skeleton Coast and of course, visits to the beautiful coastal towns like Swakopmund or Walvis Bay, which offer an array of activities on their own.  Add the experience of the abundance of wildlife and birds and your travel destination ticks all the boxes of an adventure destination for the whole family.

Food:  You will find delicious food anywhere in Namibia and most of the lodges offer European style cuisine.

Most of the towns throughout Namibia have westernized supermarkets or shops selling quality foods, fresh produce and meats.  Traditional German foods and treats, like the legendary apple strudel in Solitaire is a must to try. 

Climate:  Great climate with clear blue skies all year round are a bonus.  Although the evenings can be chilly in winter time, the days are still delightful and warm.

A family safari to Namibia offers you the chance to share the magic of Africa with your kids in a safe, accessible country with top attractions rating as some of the best in Africa.

For enquiries about booking a customized family safari to our home country, talk to our expert team at  We’ll put together a tailor-made safari, making sure you and your family have an unforgettable Namibia experience.

The Gracious Giraffe

It might not be a member of the famed African Big 5, but the Giraffe is certainly one of the top mammals to see on safari in Namibia. The country boasts about 12,000 of these animals, with Etosha National Park being the stronghold of their population within the country.

These long-necked, beautifully patterned ungulates possess a few interesting characteristics that make it worthwhile watching them closely when you see one on safari.

• These gentle giants are the world’s tallest living land animals, with adult males reaching up to 18 feet (5 and a half metres) high!

• Males fight for dominance by swinging and hitting each other with their long necks and heads, sometimes leading to injuries and in some cases even death.

• Although they look slow and graceful, they can reach speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kph) over short distances!

• Giraffes’ tongues can be up to 20 inches (51 centimetres) long and very mobile, helping them to reach all the good leaves in amongst the thorns on their favourite tree, the Acacia.

• The Giraffe’s scientific name, Giraffa camelopardalis, comes from the ancient Greeks’ belief that it looked like a camel wearing a leopard’s coat.

• Despite their characteristic long necks, Giraffes actually have the same number of neck vertebrae as humans – 7.

• Giraffes need less sleep than any other mammal, with only 5 to 30 minutes in a 24-hour period being sufficient.

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Desert Adapted Elephants

An astonishing collection of wildlife has adapted to the arid desert and seemingly inhospitable environment in Namibia.

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Although not much different from other savannah Elephants Loxodonta Africana, Namibia’s desert-dwelling Elephants are special nonetheless.  They are of high national and international conservation priority and have been designated as a top priority for protection by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature).

In the northern Kunene Region, where rainfall averages less than 100mm annually, Desert Adapted  Elephants will migrate long distances in search of food and water. For example, some of the Elephants of the Hoarusib River migrate to the Hoanib River, a distance of over 70 km (45 miles). Typically, the Elephants will drink and eat constantly for a couple of days, then make the long journey across the barren gravel plains in one long push, usually at night when the temperature is cooler.

They have adapted to their dry, semi-desert environment by having a smaller body mass with proportionally longer legs and seemingly larger feet than other elephants. Their physical characteristics allow them to cross miles of sand dunes to reach water. They have even been filmed sliding down a dune face to drink at a pool in a desert oasis. Water, dust, and especially mud are sought out for bathing and coating the skin against the harsh sun and biting insects.

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Elephants eat almost any vegetation, including grasses, herbs, shrubs, leaves, bark, seeds, and fruit. Adult bulls can consume 250kg daily, although females eat less than that. During the wet season, they prefer green shoots and buds, but in the dry season, desert elephants will eat camelthorn, mopane, and Ana trees and seedpods.

By living in smaller than average family units of only two or three animals, they decrease pressure on food and water resources. Researchers have noted that they destroy fewer trees than elephants living in higher rainfall areas in other parts of Africa.

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The Namib Desert Elephant communicates in a highly intelligent way with others of their species. Many of their calls are low-frequency calls and rumbles (below the level of human hearing) that can travel 5-10km or more. They can also make a variety of other sounds and calls including trumpeting, snorting, roaring, barking and grunting.

There is only one other group of desert-dwelling Elephants in the world. They live in Mali in North Africa.

Lifespan: 40 – 50 years in the wild

Class: Mammalia

Mass: Male: 6,000 kg (Adult), Female: 3,000 kg (Adult)

Height: Male: 3.3 m (Adult, At Shoulder), Female: 2.8 m (Adult, At Shoulder)

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Etosha, Caprivi and Chobe trip report

I met the clients in Chobe after they relaxed at Chundukwa River Lodge near Livingstone, Zambia for 3 nights enjoying wonderful activities that included a Victoria Falls visit, swimming in the Devil’s Pool (on the edge of the falls) and an Elephant Back Safari. We enjoyed a great afternoon game drive in Chobe with elephants all over the place. Chobe has the highest concentration of elephants on earth with a population of more than 120 000 elephants.
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The following morning we were up early and into our open 4×4 safari vehicle for an early morning game drive in Chobe. The early morning game drives is a great time to see some of the bigger cats still out and about and we were not disappointed as we came across an opportunistic leopard feeding on a dead elephant. Since the hyenas and lions have not discovered the carcass at that point the leopard could feed in peace although it had a tough time to get through the very tough skin. We also had great sightings a big buffalo herd, plenty of giraffe and red lechwe that congregate on the floodplain.
After a lunchtime siesta we departed on an afternoon boat cruise which always produces great photographic opportunities. We were again not disappointed as we came across endless numbers of hippo, elephant and buffalo. Giraffes, impala, waterbuck, kudu and baboons were all relaxing on the banks of the river. We were treated to a special sunset.
From here we spend the next few days in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip or Zambezi region as it is now called. This wonderful wildlife area offers a wonderful wilderness experience with the same wildlife and habitats as the Okavango Delta but without the number of tourists as in Chobe and a lot more affordable. It is one of the last wilderness areas of Southern Africa.
From here we made our way to Etosha where we spend the next 4 nights. The first two at stayed at the beautiful Mushara Lodge and we explored the game rich eastern section of the park. This section of the park has a huge giraffe population and we were lucky to see both black and white rhino, the endemic black-faced impala and Damara Dik-dik and this young male lion on the move. The local lion prides have been fighting over territory so there was a lot of lion movement going on which gave us a good chance to see them.
Our last two nights in the park were spend at Okaukuejo Resort inside the park famous for its flood-lit waterhole where we had lions, black rhino, elephant and giraffe drinking on both nights. During the day there was a constant coming and going off gemsbok, impala, springbok, warthog, black-backed jackal, zebra and wildebeest. Etosha National Park is wonderful for lion sightings and we had no fewer than 7 encounters with these impressive big cats including two mating pairs. We also had a few very nice hyena sightings. Another highlight was a herd of Eland which is always a special sighting.
From here we made our way to Swakopmund where the clients enjoyed a few days of relaxing before finishing off at Sossusvlei, one of the most scenic places in Africa. Our Etosha, Caprivi, Chobe and Vic Falls safari is our most popular safari and we have set group departure dates during different time of the year. We look forward to seeing you in Namibia soon.