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Namibia Family Road Trip

Inspirational safari family holiday to Namibia

An extensive self-drive through scenic Namibia, this family vacation is for adventurous, outdoorsy families who love the freedom of the open road.  Whilst the journey may be long, hot, and dusty, the lodges will be refreshing and luxurious stops along the way. At Kulala Desert Lodge at Sossusvlei, explore some of the world’s highest sand dunes on guided drives, quad bike, on foot or see them from above in a hot air balloon.  At Swakopmund try out sandboarding with the kids and delight in the antics of Cape Fur Seals. 

Then journey to Damaraland. See the desert-adapted wildlife such as gemsbok, springbok and even elephant on nature drives and guided walks.  Visit the ancient San rock art at Twyfelfontein, and the incredible geological phenomena such as the Petrified Forest, which is millions of years old.  More wildlife encounters await at both the private Ongava Game Reserve, bordering Etosha National Park and the Okonjima Natura Reserve.  See the Big 5 and plenty of other wildlife on day and night game drives and nature walks. 

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International
  • 1 night - Galton House, Windhoek & Surrounds, Namibia
  • 3 nights - Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Strand Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia
  • 3 nights - Doro Nawas Camp, Damaraland, Namibia
  • 3 nights - Andersson's at Ongava, Etosha & Surrounds, Namibia
  • 1 night - Okonjima Plains Camp, Central Highlands, Namibia
  • Ends - Transfer to Windhoek International for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Namibia
  • Nights Icon 13 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Price per person based on a family of 4
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International

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Day 1

Arrive at Windhoek Airport, collect your hire car and drive yourselves to your guest house in Windhoek.

  • 1 night

Galton House
Bed & Breakfast | x2 Luxury Rooms

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Kulala desert lodge guided visit to sossusvlei and sesriem 1280
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Day 2 - 5

Today the family will begin the journey to the Sossusvlei region.

  • 3 nights

Kulala Desert Lodge
All Inclusive | Family Room

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Day 5 - 7

The drive today is to Swakopmund.

  • 2 nights

Strand Hotel Swakopmund
Bed & Breakfast | 2 x Standard Rooms

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Day 7 - 10

Today you will take the drive to the Damaraland.

  • 3 nights

Doro Nawas Camp
All Inclusive | Family Unit

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Day 10 - 13

Today you will drive to the Ongava Private Reserve in the Etosha region.

  • 3 nights
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Andersson's at Ongava
All Inclusive | Family Unit

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Day 13

Today you will journey to the Central Highlands region.

  • 1 night

Okonjima Plains Camp
Full Board | 2 x Standard Rooms

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Day 14

Your final drive in Namibia will be to Windhoek Airport where you will drop off your hire car and catch your flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Light aircraft transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Car hire, group U car (Toyota Fortuner or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Rhino Tracking Icon Rhino Tracking
  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Hot Air Balloon Flights Icon Hot Air Balloon Flights
  • Quad Biking Icon Quad Biking
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Horseriding Icon Horse riding
  • Desert Tours Icon Desert Tours
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Star Gazing Star Bed Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Cycling Icon Cycle Tours
  • Conservation Experience Icon Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Photography Safari Icon Wildlife Hide
  • Photography Safari Icon Photography
  • Birdwatching Icon Sightseeing
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Excursion
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick off the Big Five or encounter specific safari species and sea creatures on your safari and coastal stay, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Springbok
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Sable
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Ostrich
  • Oryx
    Beisa Oryx
  • Meerkat
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Kudu
  • Kori Bustard
    Kori Bustard
  • Flamingo
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
Sample Itineraries


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