Namibia Family Friendly Lodges
Namibia is one of Africa's top family-friendly, and child-friendly safari destinations with excellent road infrastructure, one of the safest countries in Africa, malaria is limited to the Northern regions and of course a selection of lodges, camps and hotels that offer family accommodation and activities for kids of all ages.
Namibia is the perfect country to introduce the family to Africa, her wildlife, cultures, history and scenery be it on a self-drive, guided or fly-in safari.
As a general rule of thumb, children are only permitted on game drives if they are over the ages of 6 or 8 years old. This is for the safety and the comfort of other guests on the game drive; this rule does not only apply to Namibia but South Africa, Botswana and all African countries. Young children do not have the ability to sit still for more than 10 - 15 minutes never mind 3 - 4 hours.
Below is our selection of what we regard as the best family-friendly lodges in Namibia.
The Best Family Friendly Lodges In Namibia
Rates from NAD$ 11 388.00 per person
Little Kulala the flagship of Namibia's extraordinary Sossusvlei area, has for several years been attracting informed travellers, who enjoy the first-rate facilities, charming hospitality and nearby proximity to the towering dunes.
Rates from NAD$ 10 370.00 per person
The Ongava Lodge is situated on one of the largest private game reserves in Namibia, covering 125 square miles and offers game drives into Etosha, with luxury accommodation in 14 en-suite suites made from rock and thatch.
Ongava Lodge in a private game reserve bordering the Etosha National Park.
Ongava Tented Camp
Rates from NAD$ 10 370.00 per person
Ongava Tented Camp is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park in a privately owned Ongava Game Reserve, built from stone, canvas and thatch 16 guests are accommodated in Meru-style tents.
Excellent game viewing and safari drives are on offer, Ongava, one of the best lodges in Etosha.
Onguma Bush Camp
Rates from NAD$ 2 640.00 per person
Situated on the eastern side of Etosha National Park, accommodation consists of six en-suite luxury bungalows and one family room.
Onguma Bush Camp is ideal for families who would like to have a base from which they can explore Etosha National Park.
Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge
Rates from NAD$ 17 400.00 per person
Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge inside the famed "Skeleton Coast National Park" offers up sand dunes, rugged coastlines, icy cold Atlantic Ocean, wind-swept plains and not forgetting the desert wildlife that surrounds including desert lion, elephant and rhino to mention but a few.
Rates from NAD$ 2 430.00 per person
Büllsport Guestfarm is the perfect option for those who want a bit more of a private experience but without sacrificing location and activities. A small swimming pool is available.
Büllsport is located 155 kilometres drive from Sossusvlei and offers up farm-style accommodation with hiking, horse riding and 4x4 safari activities. Highly recommended.
Kwessi Dunes Camp
Rates from NAD$ 9 500.00 per person
Kwessi Dunes Camp located deep in the heart of Namibia's private NamibRand Nature Reserve, a mere 75-minute drive from the famed Sossusvlei.
A camp with a swimming pool that is open to guest year-round and is specially designed for those wanting to explore and experience everything that the Namib desert has to offer.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Rates from NAD$ 15 690.00 per person
The Hoanib River Camp is located in Damaraland within a few metres of the iconic Hoanib Riverbed that offers up exceptional sightings of desert wildlife and birdlife.
The Hoanib River and Palmwag concession offer up some of the most amazing scenery to be found in Namibia, a truly wild and remote stretch of land waits.
Doro Nawas Camp
Rates from NAD$ 5 703.00 per person
Doro Nawas Camp is situated in the beautiful Damaraland on a small, rocky outcrop within the floodplain of a small tributary of the Huab River; guests are housed in 16 natural walled units that blend in with the surrounding scenery.
Desert Rhino Camp
Rates from NAD$ 9 245.00 per person
Desert Rhino Camp is situated in the 1-million-acre private Palmwag Reserve in northwest Namibia, between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast.
There are very few places on the planet that can offer this level of privacy and wilderness experiences; Damaraland is truly special.
Kulala Desert Lodge
Rates from NAD$ 5 705.00 per person
Kulala Desert Lodge is situated in the arid Namib Naukluft Park on the 37 000ha private Kulala Wilderness Reserve and is the closest lodge to the red dunes of the Sossusvlei.
A desert safari lodge comprising 23 thatched and canvas suites with en-suite bathrooms, private star beds and verandas. The closest lodge to Sossusvlei, so if getting the early morning photographs of Deadvlei is important, look no further
The Road To Sossusvlei
Once one navigates the main Sesriem entrance gates and enters the national park a pleasant surprise awaits, a tarred road (yes, a tarred road) that extends all the way through to the main parking area near Sossusvlei.
Cape Town To The Kunene River
In November and December of last year (2019), we loaded our Jeep and headed north out of Cape Town, destination Namibia and the Kunene River, her border with Angola.
A couple of thousand kilometres later, we returned, this time, more in love with country than ever.
Windhoek Oktoberfest 2021
On the 25th and 26th of October, the Sports Klub Windhoek will host the 55th edition of the Oktoberfest. Over 5000 people are expected to attend (compared to 1000 in 2010).
Adding a certain local flavour will be the Namibian band Famaz Attak, and there will be long-established activities and games like archery and tree trunk sawing.
Top 5 restaurants in Windhoek
Continuing our series of dining in Africa, we look at Windhoek. More and more visitors are becoming aware of the unique attractions that this country as a safari destination has to offer.
Nowhere is too far to travel in this small (and clean) city of 330,000 but be warned when you go out to eat, vegetarianism is not common!
Best Places To Go In Namibia
The Uyaphi team has compiled a list of the "Best Places to go" which most safari itineraries would include. A different destination from most African safari destinations.
Instead of lush green forests or open savannas, the primary attraction being vast, open deserts interspersed with canyons, mountain ranges, and oasis.
Living With The Himba
In May 2012, we arranged for Uyaphi.Com client Ken Vine from Devon in England to stay with the traditional Himba people in two remote villages in the middle of Kaokoland.
He lived, slept, ate, conversed and photographed these Himba villagers.