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€3,335 Per person
15 days
Includes flights
Includes vehicle hire
Includes hotels

This is a comprehensive self-drive trip around Namibia's main highlights but tailored specifically to families with children. The trip begins at a family friendly guesthouse in Windhoek with a good sized pool and relaxed atmosphere. Extra beds, cots, toys and children's books are provided by the owners who have young children themselves. From here you drive via the Naukluft Mountains to Sossusvlei. Here you can all climb dunes, play in the sand and then cool off in the lodge swimming pool. From Sossusvlei you head to the coast to Swakopmund. A very family friendly town, you'll stay in a small guesthouse with good sized garden and climbing frame. You can choose from a number of family friendly activities such as kayaking with seals, boat trips to view seals, dolphins and flamingos and trips into the sand dunes to catch lizards and geckos. Older children might enjoy dune boarding or quad-biking and younger ones going to the aquarium or playing on the beach. The final stop is Etosha where you'll stay in a fenced rest camp in the heart of the park. There is a large swimming pool, variety of eating options from catered buffet to barbeques and a floodlit waterhole where you can sit and watch game to your heart's content. The entire trip can be tailored further to cater for very young or older children - just ask the Audley team, many of whom have children themselves and can help you tailor the perfect trip.

Itinerary highlights

  • Climb up the famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei

  • Kayak amongst the hundred-strong seal colony at Pelican Point.

  • Sit up late into the night around the floodlit waterhole in Etosha and watch the animals come to drink.

Harriet, an Audley Travel Specialist

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Treat this trip purely as a starting point for your own tour to Namibia. Your specialist will ask you what you want and then shape your itinerary to match.

  • Your trip will be unique
  • We work to your interests and budget
  • Advice from first-hand expertise
  • Windhoek
  • The Naukluft Mountains
  • Sossusvlei and Sesriem
  • Swakopmund and Pelican Point
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha National Park
  • The Central Highlands

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Windhoek.

Day 2 Windhoek


On arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be met and driven to your hotel. Here our ground agent will meet with you, run through your trip, hand over your mobile phone, cool box and driving directions. They will also be present whilst your hire car is delivered to answer any questions you may have.

Day 3 The Naukluft Mountains

Windhoek , The Naukluft Mountains

You will drive into the Naukluft Mountains this morning to the Corona Guest Farm. Corona has lots of space for children to play and you can enjoy a short nature walk if you choose.

Day 4 Sossusvlei and Sesriem

The Naukluft Mountains , Sossusvlei and Sesriem

You will continue your journey on to Sossusvlei today. Here you'll stay in the relaxed and family friendly Desert Quiver Camp. You can explore under your own steam this afternoon or take a guided nature drive before relaxing with a swim back at the camp and a BBQ on your patio under the stars.

Day 5 Sossusvlei and Sesriem

Sossusvlei and Sesriem

Spend today clambering among the sand dunes at Sossusvlei - the views from the top are worth the hike and it's great fun to slither back down again! Walking into Deadvlei is a highlight for spectacular scenery.

Day 6 Swakopmund and Pelican Point

Sossusvlei and Sesriem , Swakopmund and Pelican Point

Today you'll set off for Swakopmund. Walvis Bay is a good place to stop and stretch your legs and there are flamingos and often pelicans to see in the lagoon. Depending on what time you arrive into Swakopmund you might want to spend the afternoon on the beach, at the aquarium or exploring the town.

Day 7 Swakopmund and Pelican Point

Swakopmund and Pelican Point

A fun way to spend a couple of hours is on a fat bike, peddling through the streets of Swakopmund, along the sandy beach and then up through the dunes. An alternative is the Living Desert Tour which shows children lizards, geckos and more in the desert.

Day 8 Damaraland

Swakopmund and Pelican Point , Damaraland

Drive north into Damaraland today keeping your eyes out for wildlife along the road. Spend the afternoon relaxing at Camp Kipwe which has a large pool to enjoy or you could explore and see some of the nearby rock engravings on the short walking trail nearby.

Day 9 Damaraland


This morning you could visit the rock carvings if you didn't manage to get there yesterday or spend time exploring more of the area, visiting the burnt mountain and organ pipes, or taking a day trip from the lodge in search of desert adapted elephant.

Day 10 Etosha National Park

Damaraland , Etosha National Park

This morning you will head out for Etosha and Okaukuejo Rest Camp. The rondavels here are close to the waterhole and are great for families. There is a good sized pool and the camp is fenced so well suited to children. In the centre of camp is a floodlit waterhole, surrounded by benches where you can sit and spot game throughout the day and into the night.

Day 11 Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

A full day to explore Etosha in your own car. We provide you with a map of the park and you can choose which waterholes to head for and how long you'd like to go game viewing for. Returning to camp in the middle of the day you can enjoy a buffet lunch, picnic or BBQ and spend some time in the pool before setting out for another game drive.

Day 12 Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

Another day of game viewing. It is possible to book a guided safari if you want to learn more but we enjoy self-driving through Etosha and spending time at a waterhole of your choice. If you like you can set off for Halali and stop there to stretch your legs, have lunch and use their pool before heading back to Okaukuejo.

Day 13 The Central Highlands

Etosha National Park , The Central Highlands

Today you will be heading south to Okonjima, nestled in the beautiful Omboroko Mountains within the Central Highlands. As today's drive is relatively short you will have time for a final self-driven safari in Etosha this morning before hitting the road. Okonjima offer an incredible range of activities, for those interested in spotting the big cats we suggest opting to join one of their expert guides and trackers in search for cheetah and leopard.

Day 14 International return flight

The Central Highlands , International return flight

Today you will depart Okonjima and head back to the International airport, the total drive time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Day 15 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Harriet, an Audley Travel Specialist

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The Naukluft Mountains
Sossusvlei & Sesriem
Swakopmund and Pelican Point
Etosha National Park
The Central Highlands

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