Self-Drive the Best of Namibia

Bundle the family in and you're off on an adventure of a lifetime in one of Africa's most beautiful countries

Year round
How long
How much
FROM £3,250 PP
staying in
A mixture of camps and desert lodges

Namibia, with its epic desert landscapes and vast empty roads, is as safe as it is exhilarating for family holidays.

Combine self-driving for several days with one or two sorties with expert desert guides to see the best of it.

If you like the idea of a proper road trip – bundling the family into your own four-wheel drive and taking to the open road in one of Africa’s most beautiful countries, then look no further. 

The scale of Namibia and its magical scenery make this feel like an adventure of epic proportions. You can drive for a full day in many parts of the country without seeing another car, but excellent back-up and well maintained roads and signs make this a safe trip to undertake with children (our youngest son was 2 ½ when we first self drove in Namibia…perhaps a little young in hind sight).

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson



The sand dunes make children out of all ages and there are so many different ways to experience the desert landscapes, from dune boarding to quad-biking that you should be all duned out by the end. 


Boat trips from Walvis Bay are also great fun – seals close enough to touch (beware of exceptionally bad breath) and pelican aerobatics galore (beware of exceptionally large bird droppings). 

Further north, the Skeleton Coast has a mystque all of its own, and with the palpable sense of desolation and remoteness, it isn't hard to see why they came up with the name. 


Self drive trips are excellent in Namibia, but if you're striking off road and looking to get properly into the wild, you need to be in the company of a local expert.

So we recommended a private camping safari, off the beaten track and led by an expert guide. These trips are a wonderful way for a family to enjoy an adventure and are extraordinarily good value.


The Skeleton Coast is unexpectedly varied in terms of terrain and wildlife. Pale sand-dunes, salt pans, canyons and mountains are found variously along the route. In certain areas it's possible to track desert-adapted elephant, rhino and lion amongst the riverbeds and there are also cheetah, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok and zebra.


Head to Damaraland (and along with a landscape so beautiful it can make grown men weep) there’s the chance for interesting walks and drives, and accessible wildlife including the extraordinary oryx that somehow scratches a living from an astonishingly hostile environment.

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Our experienced travellers include:

Rod Tether
Rod Tether
Alex Edwards
Alex Edwards
Andrea Hulme
Andrea Hulme

It takes genuine local knowledge to craft trips that go beyond the ordinary.

All of us at Natural High have over 20 years’ experience in the countries we offer. We’ve lived there, worked there and arranged countless one-off journeys for clients. We live to travel – and love to share our tips on what’s really worth doing. For expert advice (and a traveller’s tale or two), speak to one of our team. They’ll be happy to let you in on their travel secrets, and help you plan a tailor-made trip that’s truly unforgettable.


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"Natural High arranged a trip to remember ...accommodation first class, transportation on very long road trips was excellent. Spotless . air conditioning .. food and water. Rhino and Tiger sightings to die for.. local agents left nothing to chance ... we felt in the safest hands ... then when we off grid the virus struck... Natural High and their local Agent Banyan took total control and got us from the back of beyond to UK in very worrying and uncertain times. All without us being able to do anything at our end ...outstanding attention to detail. Worth every penny."


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"This was our first holiday to be organised by Natural High. We made the enquiry on New Year’s Eve for a departure in February and within a few days they had produced a wonderful-sounding itinerary in Costa Rica. There were helpful notes for packing as they seem to have someone there who has been to any chosen destination. We did do some groundwork for flights but left it to Dial-a-Flight who were also most efficient. We visited the office as it is very local to home and everyone there was cheerful and interested in our upcoming trip. We were presented with a leather file which turned out to be the most useful item en-route for all our paperwork ..... and it smelled lovely!
The holiday was one of our best ever. Not just because we saw a plethora of wildlife, but because there was always someone waiting to whisk us to another destination, be it to the airport, from the airport or a boat to a lodge etc. And they did it with great charm and humour and were always very knowledgeable about any queries we had.
For the last 8 days we had a driver/guide who was just outstanding. He was very familiar with the 3 remaining lodges where we stayed and his rapport with the other staff and guides helped to ensure that we were really well looked after. He was a skilled naturalist, had a great sense of humour and was always putting our welfare first - he made a wonderful companion for the trip.
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