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Africa's Best Family Road Trips: Namibia

Namibia is a land of endless blue skies, vast horizons and crisp mornings: pure joy for photography enthusiasts. It is also safe, clean and organized with an excellent infrastructure, making it a favourite destination for family vacations, especially self-drive safaris (that’s travel lingo for independant road tripping - an ideal way to vacation with teenagers). 

It's also a destination that made its way onto many 2015 top travel lists; the Financial Times, Lonely Planet and the Independent all consider Namibia the destination of choice for travel this year.

Namibia’s wildlife is fascinating (think exotic desert-adapted species like elephant and oryx), with Etosha National Park and Damaraland offering the best game viewing. Sossusvlei’s massive sand dunes are on our Top 10 Most Inspirational Places In Africa for good reason, while the remote Damaraland and Kunene regions are home to ancient rock art. The Kunene is the setting for one of Africa’s top cultural encounters with the extraordinary Himba people. 

The crowning jewel of this treasure of a destination is Swakopmund: a pretty coastal town that is adventure central. Go sandboarding, quad biking and camel riding in the desert, or explore the wild Atlantic ocean on boat trips in search of dolphins and Cape fur seals (the shoreline fishing is also excellent!).

Africa's Best Family Road Trips: Namibia
A land of big blue skies & excellent infrastructure – including the dirt roads.
Africa's Best Family Road Trips: Namibia
Easily one of Africa's best family safari destinations, especially for teens.
Africa's Best Family Road Trips: Namibia
Namibia is home to exotic desert-adapted species, like this oryx.
Africa's Best Family Road Trips: Namibia
The Namib Desert is breathtaking with its lost valleys & fossilized trees.
Africa's Best Family Road Trips: Namibia
This is a destination filled with sweeping vistas & unforgettable moments.
Africa's Best Family Road Trips: Namibia
The great dunes of Sossusvlei – one of Africa’s most inspiring places.
Africa's Best Family Road Trips: Namibia
Expect plenty of outdoor action, from sandboarding to quad biking.
Africa's Best Family Road Trips: Namibia
Desert elephants possess an almost mystical knowledge of water sources, allowing them to cross vast expanses.
Africa's Best Family Road Trips: Namibia
Afternoons are best spent relaxing in anticipation of the spectacular sunsets.
Africa's Best Family Road Trips: Namibia
There are few safari moments as memorable as sharing stories around a roaring campfire under a starry sky.

Do you love the idea of a family road trip but don’t feel confident in your 4x4 driving skills? Namibia offers a range of great options, from hiring a driver-guide with your vehicle to joining a fully serviced 4x4 expedition.

If Namibia’s combination of sunshine, easygoing adventure and outdoor fun sounds right for you, have a look at some sample tours (listed below).  These tours show you how the attractions combine and give you an idea of costs, but they are not cast in stone. We believe in tailor-making the journey around you, not making you fit the journey.

If your time is limited: the Ultimate Namibia Fly-in, a 7-day fly-in safari uses quick air charters to include Sossusvlei’s dunes, cultural encounters with the Himba people in the Kunene region, and the chance to spot Damaraland’s desert elephant.  

The family road trip of a lifetime: the Namibia Self-Drive Adventure, a 10-day 4x4 safari taking in Etosha National Park’s wildlife, Swakopmund’s adventure activities and Sossusvlei’s dunes – perfect for independant travellers.

Written by Donyale MacKrill. Connect with her on Google+

Photography by Beatrice Heydiri.

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