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

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Where
NAMIBIA
When
Year round
How long
11 NIGHTS
How much
FROM £3,250 PP
why
Beautiful DESERT colours, LANDSCAPES and wildlife; OFF THE BEATEN TRACK; PERFECT FOR ADVENTUROUS FAMILIES
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

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THE SAND DUNES

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. 

ADVENTURE THROUGHOUT

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. 

THE CAMPS

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.

DESERT-ADAPTED SPECIES

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.

DAMARALAND

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:

Vanessa Janion
Vanessa Janion
Rod Tether
Rod Tether
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.

Reviews

Delivered

"Excellent experience - again - from trip design through to execution. Excellent staff in Natural High but also on the trek."

Paul & Liz

Excellent Service

"Really enjoyed the holiday. Was exactly what we were looking for. Service from Natural High was perfect. Would definately recommend and use again."

Patrick and Carmel

THE PERFECT TREK!

"Vanessa from Natural High Safaris provided a very responsive,personal and bespoke service which in turn led to a perfect trip, that was without fault! From our pack mules all the way up to our guide, Oulaid, it was outstanding. We were guided through the most beautiful and remote countryside to camp sites with the most awesome views. Oulaid had really thought about our route and request to be off the beaten track. It was a delight that we did not see any tourist for the whole trek. Our team were professional,hospitable and friendly, delivery a very well prepared and comfortable camp each evening.The camp chef did an amazing job bearing in mind the remoteness of our location, conjuring up very tasty and varied meals each day. If I could book another trip tomorrow I would.Next year beckons!Well done all!!"

Anonymous

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"Fantastic accommodation recommendations in small boutique hotels"

Ian And Jo Ashby CR

I will definitely plan an expedition with this company again.

"They promptly provided an itinerary in response to our desires. Feedback on the plan was well received. Closer to the time we were connected with our guides to further hone our trip. A group of 5 women, arriving from various destinations, camping and lodges in the desert with extraordinary guides. Yes, the cliche works here...a trip of a lifetime."

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