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Thunderclouds at sunset, Damaraland, Namibia

Family Self-Drive Adventure

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

12 Days

Prices Start from

£2,500 ex. flights

Suitable for

Families

This family-friendly, self-drive suggestion, combines the best of Namibia’s dramatic landscapes with two fantastic wildlife reserves. Track big cats with experts, watch rhinos quench their thirst, admire millennia-old rock carvings, cruise beside bottlenose dolphins and walk across vast dune-dominated landscapes.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Yawning cheetah, Okonjima Nature Reserve, Namibia 1

Endangered Wildlife

Track big cats in Okonjima and watch rhinos drink beside the waterholes of Etosha.

Big Sand Dune, Sossusvlei, Namibia 2

Desert Scenery

Marvel at Sossusvlei’s towering dunes and Etosha’s enormous salt pan, glimmering in the evening sun.

Seal Kayaking, Swakopmund, Namibia 3

Coastal Adventures

Get close to sea lions by kayak, spot dolphins on a boat trip and explore coastal dunes in a 4×4.

Quad biking on dunes, Namibia 4

Desert Activities

Get out and explore the wilderness, with quad biking, horse riding and hiking available.

Why we like it

If you are looking for a safe, adventurous and exhilarating adventure with your children, we would wholeheartedly recommend Namibia. The infrastructure is good and the hotels and lodges are of a great standard. This all makes for the perfect self-drive option, giving you and the family time to be independent and go with what works best for all.

The adventure itself allows for a four-wheeled exploration of some of the country’s most engaging sites including salt pans, sand dunes and harsh coastal seascapes. Staying at family-friendly camps, it offers comfort, seclusion and an array of activities for all ages.

 

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Windhoek
  • Day 2
    Windhoek - Okonjima Nature Reserve
  • Day 3
    Okonjima Nature Reserve - Etosha National Park
  • Days 4-5
    Etosha National Park
  • Day 6
    Etosha National Park - Damaraland
  • Day 7
    Damaraland
  • Day 8
    Damaraland - Swakopmund
  • Day 9
    Swakopmund
  • Day 10
    Swakopmund - Sossusvlei
  • Day 11
    Sossusvlei
  • Day 12
    Sossusvlei - Windhoek
Female leopard resting and yawning in Okonjima Nature Reserve, Namibia
Okonjima Nature Reserve, Namibia

Big Cats of Okonjima

Begin to the north of Windhoek, at the carnivore-rich Okonjima Nature Reserve. Home to the AfriCat Foundation, this beautiful area of wilderness is used to rehabilitate orphaned big cats. Track the radio-collared leopards that roam the reserve; follow on foot or in a 4×4, led by expert guides.

After dark, quietly make your way to the specially designed hide. Spend some time waiting to spot some the reserve’s nocturnal species, with regular visitors including porcupines, honey badgers and caracals.

Giraffe walking in the bush on the desert pan at sunset, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park, Namibia

Safari through Etosha

Head further north to the Ongava Reserve, on the southern edge of the vast Etosha National Park. Spend time driving through this dry landscape, dotted with waterholes that attract a wide array of thirsty game.

Dominated by the dusty Etosha salt pan, the park spreads east and west, through mopane woodland and windswept grasslands. Explore this wonderful expanse – home to lions, leopards, giraffes, elephants, antelopes, ostriches and endangered black rhinos.

Damaraland, Namibia
Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland

From the dry pans of Etosha, head to the colourful, rock-strewn landscape of Damaraland. Here, stay at the secluded Camp Kipwe – built amidst weathered red-basalt boulders. Positioned in an area roamed by rare desert-adapted elephants, this intimate bush lodge is close to the ancient petroglyphs of Twyfelfontein.

The history of this landscape may be lost on younger children, but the granite kopjes, vast boulders and dry riverbeds make a spectacular playground nonetheless.

Swakop Seals
Namibia

Coastal Activities

Continue southwest, as the rust-coloured rocks fade into the yellow sands of the Skeleton Coast. Stay in Germanic Swakopmund, the largest settlement on Namibia’s notoriously exposed Atlantic coastline. Explore the Welwitschia-strewn sands that surround the town.

Quad bike the dunes, take a camel ride, sky dive or board a catamaran to discover the marine riches of nearby Walvis Bay – fur seals, dolphins, pelicans and flamingos. Although the sea is normally too cold for swimming, the cooler climate is refreshing after time spent in the desert.

Dunes, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei, Namibia

Towering Dunes

Finish this journey amongst the iconic dunes of the Namib Desert. These vast waves of colourful sand decorate a truly inhospitable landscape. Visit the picturesque Sossusvlei and the skeletal trees of the parched Dead Vlei.

Activities abound in this beautiful sandy wasteland. Dawn balloon rides over the wind-sculpted dunes offer vistas of incomparable beauty, whilst quad biking, horse riding and hiking can also be arranged.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Olive Grove Guesthouse £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Olive Grove is a small boutique guest house located in a leafy residential area of Namibia’s capital city Windhoek. An elegant, conveniently located hotel, Olive Grove is surrounded by tranquil gardens. Offering 11 rooms and suites, each tastefully furnished with a lovely veranda for al fresco dining. Other facilities include an inside lounge and fireplace, an honesty bar, downstairs dining area, intimate upper dining area, open-air lounge, plunge pool and a garden. There is also a wellness room with a resident therapist.

Okonjima Plains Camp £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Okonjima Plains Camp is nestled amongst the Ombokoro Mountains – a Herero name meaning, ‘place of the baboons’. The camp is family-run and is also the home of the AfriCat Foundation, a charitable organisation that rescues and relocates cheetahs, leopards and other predators. The main camp’s accommodation consists of Standard Rooms and View Rooms, each either overlooking the waterhole or the plains. The lovely main areas include a lapa, swimming pool and entertainment area. Activities available from Okonjima include radio-tracking rescued cheetahs and leopards on foot. There is also the opportunity to visit the AfriCat centre and join a guide on an informative and interactive Bushman trail. Nearby, Okonjima’s award-winning private villa and bush suites give a more luxurious safari experience, with each including a private chef, guide and safari vehicle.

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Camp Kipwe £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Unusual
  • Wilderness

Camp Kipwe lies in the heart of Damaraland, ideally located a short drive from the local attractions in the area. The camp is nestled amongst an outcrop of giant granite boulders, a stone’s throw away from the dry Aba Huab riverbed where desert-adapted elephants often traverse.

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Cornerstone Guesthouse £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town near the marine museum and the old brewery, Cornerstone Guesthouse offers the intimacy of a family-run B&B combined with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel. A few minutes walk from the guesthouse you can find beaches, cafes, restaurants, lively pubs, Swakopmund tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets.

Kulala Desert Lodge £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Kulala Desert Lodge’s access to a unique private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park means it is closest to Sossusvlei dunes. Privately owned, it is small and exclusive, which ensures attentive service in a charming African style setting of clay and thatch. The camp has fifteen stylish and comfortable thatched and canvas kulalas, which means ‘to sleep’ in the local Oshiwambo language. Each of the kulalas is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has its own private en suite bathroom along with a private rooftop balcony.

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A note on price

This price is based on a family of four, with two children under the age of 12, staying in a family room throughout.

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchase through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £2,500 Per person

When to travel

Namibia in January

It is the peak of summer, with hot and humid conditions broken most afternoons by thundery downpours. Quiet season with lower visitor numbers and a good time to spot flamingos.

Namibia in February

The wettest month in many parts, especially in the north of the country. Wildlife is spread out so game viewing is not at its best, with plenty of vegetation. There is, however, the chance of spotting newborns.

Namibia in March

The wettest month in many parts, especially in the north of the country. Wildlife is spread out so game viewing is not at its best, with plenty of vegetation. There is, however, the chance of spotting newborns.

Namibia in April

The end of the wet season, with vegetation at its most lush, and cooler temperatures. A fantastic time to enjoy Namibia, with lower visitor numbers, flowers bursting through, and mainly dry weather.

Namibia in May

The beginning of winter. Almost every day is dry now, and water sources are drying up. Therefore wildlife is starting to congregate around water holes, but the landscapes are still colourful and nights aren’t chilly just yet. A great time to visit.

Namibia in June

Namibia’s winter runs from June until September. This is the most popular time to visit, as temperatures during the day are cool and the skies are clear. However, temperatures can drop close to freezing at night, particularly in the south.

Namibia in July

Namibia’s winter runs from June until September. This is the most popular time to visit, as temperatures during the day are cool and the skies are clear. However, temperatures can drop close to freezing at night, particularly in the south.

Namibia in August

Namibia’s winter runs from June until September. This is the most popular time to visit, as temperatures during the day are cool and the skies are clear. However, temperatures can drop close to freezing at night, particularly in the south.

Namibia in September

Namibia’s winter runs from June until September. This is the most popular time to visit, as temperatures during the day are cool and the skies are clear. However, temperatures can drop close to freezing at night, particularly in the south.

Namibia in October

From October to December, temperatures start to rise as summer arrives. In the heat of the day, it can be very hot, but mornings and evenings will still be cool. Showers start to become more frequent, but the weather is still mainly dry for most of the country.

Namibia in November

From October to December, temperatures start to rise as summer arrives. In the heat of the day, it can be very hot, but mornings and evenings will still be cool. Showers start to become more frequent, but the weather is still mainly dry for most of the country.

Namibia in December

From October to December, temperatures start to rise as summer arrives. In the heat of the day, it can be very hot, but mornings and evenings will still be cool. Showers start to become more frequent, but the weather is still mainly dry for most of the country.

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