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Namibia Holidays

Home to some of Africa’s most dramatic desert scenery, Namibia is a collage of harsh reds, browns and yellows. Watch rhinos and elephants roam huge deserts and fly over the desolate dune-filled landscape of the Skeleton Coast.

We like Namibia because it is wild and inaccessible and because, despite being the size of Spain and Germany combined, it has a population of just two million.

As cliched as it may sound, Namibia is vastly different to any other country in Africa, not least because of its 300-mile northern coastline, the aptly named the Skeleton Coast, which is littered with the rusting hulks of ships that floundered in the notoriously rough seas.

Journey of giraffes, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park, Namibia
little Sossus aircraft,skeleton coast,namibia
Skeleton Coast, Namibia

What to expect on your Namibia holiday

A safari in Namibia will give you a feeling of pioneering adventure as each camp takes you further and further away from civilisation. Due to the remote location of many lodges, the accommodation tends to be more basic than in Botswana and other classic safari destinations, but the rewards are worth it tenfold.

Elephants approaching over the dusty plains of Etosha, Namibia
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Elephant drunk, Damaraland, Namibia
Damaraland, Namibia
Desert adapted elephant, Damaraland, Namibia
Desert-adapted elephant, Damaraland, Namibia
Himba Woman, Damaraland, Namibia
Damaraland, Namibia
Himba Woman, Damaraland, Namibia
Damaraland, Namibia

A little more about Namibia

Eighty per cent of Namibia is desert and it is amazing to see how the wildlife has adapted to this harsh environment. On your safari, you’ll find elephants, oryx, lions, kudu and even rhinos making the long trek in search of water.

Hopefully, you will also spend time with two of the indigenous tribes, the Herero and the closely related Himba, both pastoralists but with differing cultures.

Damaraland, Village, Firelighting, Namibia, Illona FAM 2018
Sandwhich Harbour, Namibia, Illona, FAM 2018
Driving to Swakop, Chad, Illona FAM 2018

The perfect family destination

Explore this desert-dominated country as a family, discovering the hardy wildlife that thrives here and sampling the array of unusual activities – from sand boarding down dunes to kayaking with seals.

Namibia is alive with possibilities – a brilliant (and safe) wilderness to explore. Swakopmund is activity packed, Etosha hides a wealth of big game and the south is home to vast dunes and deep canyons.

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Rhino, Huab Under Canvas, Damaraland
Damaraland, Namibia
Taking a break on game drive, Palmwag Reserve, Namibia
Palmwag Reserve, Namibia
Father and child running down dune, Namibia
Giraffe walking in the bush on the desert pan at sunset, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Seal Kayaking, Swakopmund, Namibia
Swakopmund, Namibia
Quad biking on dunes, Namibia

Ideas for a family holiday to Namibia

  • Try sand boarding – descend huge dunes on Namibia’s version of a snowboard
  • Explore the boulder-strewn landscape of Damaraland on foot, horseback or by mountain bike
  • Kayak with playful Cape fur seals off Swakopmund’s Atlantic coast
  • Climb giant sand dunes, including the 325-metre-high Big Daddy, leaving a trail of footprints behind
  • Cross the desert on specially designed fat bikes or quad bikes, spotting ancient Welwitschia plants
  • Track big cats with experts, watch rhinos and cruise beside bottlenose dolphins on our Family self-drive safari adventure
North of Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Resting cheetahs, Okonjima Nature Reserve, Namibia
Okonjima Nature Reserve, Namibia
Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast
Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Highlights of your Nambia holiday

  • A flying safari on the Skeleton Coast with the Schoemans family is a must – you cannot go with anyone else.
  • Search out the desert-adapted wildlife in Etosha National Park.
  • Go quad biking along the coast of Swakopmund.
  • Climb the beautiful sand dunes at Sossusvlei, the highest dunes in the world.
  • Visit the Africat sanctuary where cheetahs are the centre of attention.
  • For the independent traveller explore this area on a self-drive
  • In the north of Namibia, there is a pride of lions that hunts seals. How patient are you and how much time do you have?

Explore Namibia

  • Damaraland
  • Skeleton Coast
  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Southern Namibia


Exploring Namibia is simple with Steppes Travel. Choose your experiences and we’ll curate them into a tailor-made journey that’s perfect for you.

Wildlife Photography

Spend some time in a photographic hide, getting close to the park’s big game and trying to capture that perfect shot.

Big Daddy Dune

Climb giant sand dunes, including the 325-metre-high Big Daddy, leaving a trail of footprints behind.

Kayak with Cape Seals

Kayak with playful Cape fur seals off Swakopmund’s Atlantic coast.

Desert Adventure

Cross the desert on specially designed fat bikes or quad bikes, spotting ancient Welwitschia plants.

Sand Boarding

Descend huge dunes on Namibia’s version of a snowboard.

Flying Safari

Join one of the highly-regarded Schoeman brothers on a flying safari along the Skeleton Coast. Fly low over the landscape, spotting shipwrecks, meeting Himba communities and staying at remote camps.

Desert Lions

Set out in search of the region’s famed desert lions, whose numbers are shrinking fast. Track these predators across an inhospitable landscape.

Explore Damaraland

Explore the boulder-strewn landscape of Damaraland on foot, horseback or by mountain bike.

Meet the Himba

Visit the local Himba people, who call this arid landscape home. Learn about how their way of life and how they survive in such harsh conditions.

Explore the Salt Pans

Head out across the vast Etosha National Park, spotting the wildlife that roams these salt pans.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Frequently asked questions about Namibia

Is Namibia a good place for self-drive holidays?

Namibia is the perfect country for a self-drive holiday. The roads are generally well maintained and devoid of traffic, so driving is relatively hassle-free. For UK residents, the experience is made even easier because you drive on the left-hand side of the road in Namibia.

Steppes has access to a large range of rental vehicles all with air-conditioning and cooler boxes to keep drinks nicely iced for stops en route. Your pre-trip briefing will cover the best routes to travel and you will be given a mobile phone with all the numbers of the lodges you are staying at programmed into the phone.

What is the climate like in Namibia?

Namibia has a subtropical climate, characterized by hot and dry weather with a little rain along the coast. The dry winter season is between May and October and the coolest months, June and July, bring chilly nights and early mornings. November to March are the wettest months, with the north of the country seeing the most rain.

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Jackie knew about the skeleton coast trip and was able to advise us on the suitability for a 10-year-old.


Illona put together a really good itinerary less than 6 weeks before departure. She was very efficient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Illona has arranged African trips for us before and she was as committed and helpful as ever.


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