Namibia remains firm favourite with South African families


For South African families on the lookout for a holiday destination which will be a never-to-be-forgotten adventure, look no further!! Offering a value-for-money experience where the activities and attractions abound throughout its vast landscape, Namibia remains a great family getaway. From Etosha in the north, the adventure capital of Swakopmund on the west coast, the great Kalahari to the east and the infamous Fish River Canyon in the south, Namibia is the perfect family destination to be discovered and enjoyed.

One of Namibia’s greatest strengths when appealing to South African families is the cost effective way of travelling to or within Namibia. Whether preference is the self-drive option through one of the many border posts scattered through the country or rather one of the many daily flights to its international airports, Namibia remains a cost effective international travel destination. And with South African passport holders not requiting a visa for entry into Namibia, this is another potential cost that is saved.

Speaking of travelling, an option for large groups or families wanting to explore Namibia would be that of a self-drive adventure. With no payment needed for transfers, taxis and transportation, this proves to be a great incentive and a self-drive holiday also allows the group to enjoy Namibia at their own pace and on their own timetable. Couple this with a camping holiday and you have a real budget beater! Namibia’s campgrounds range from those with state-of-the-art facilities to sites offering the bare minimum in terms of facilities so be sure to confirm details before embarking on your journey.

Apart from camping, other cost effective options include local B&B hostels, self-catering units, chalets or flats available in most regions. For those with a little more budget to spend, check out the Namibia Tourism Board’s website at for some accommodation options.

Not all activities need to cost extravagant amounts of money and some may even be free of charge. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Walvis Bay lagoon while checking out the local feathered friends or partake in a desert picnic while enjoying the view from the top of some of the tallest dunes worldwide in the famous Namib Desert! The choice is yours!

Enjoy a walking tour through Windhoek, a quick browse through a local craft market or take a walk along the renowned Skeleton Coast and view the world famous ship’s graveyard…as many as the grains of sand in the Kalahari, so are the adventures that await you in Namibia.

Namibia truly does cater for each family member when it comes to adventure. From sand boarding and quad biking to canoeing and paragliding, Namibia makes allowance for family fun of all ages. From hot air ballooning in Sossusvlei to cave diving at Dragon’s Breath, Namibia’s variety is astounding!

Etosha remains a highlight for kids (and parents!) of all ages. Give children the opportunity to experience their own “African safari” with abundant wildlife in this 22 270km² national park that is home to exquisite animals such as lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, zebra and many more.

No family holiday to Namibia can be enjoyed without a visit to what must be one of the world’s largest sandpits! Sossusvlei with its mesmerizing dunes, complete with early morning hot air balloon rides, is one of the most breathtaking areas to chill in and enjoy, allowing family members to be as active or relaxed as they prefer. While the more adventurous in the group climb Big Daddy, the more chilled can sit and relax with a nice cold drink and enjoy the amazing view while the smaller members of the party play in the sand at the foot of the dunes.

For further information on travelling to Namibia with your family, contact the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) on (021) 422 3298. Like NTB on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Visit their website on for further information and listings of activities and attractions to appeal to the entire family.


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