10 Best Family-Friendly Lodges in Namibia

February 8, 2024

Going on a family safari means making sure everyone is catered for in order to get the most out of your holiday. Our handpicked selection of family-friendly lodges ensures not only a comfortable stay but also an immersive experience for every member of your clan.

  1. Mushara Bush Camp
  2. Onguma Bush Camp
  3. Otjiwa Safari Lodge – Eagle’s Rest Lodge
  4. Kwessi Dunes
  5. Desert Grace
  6. Ai Aiba - The Rock Painting Lodge
  7. Mokuti Etosha
  8. Okonjima Plains Camp
  9. Nambwa Tented Camp
  10. Kulala Desert Lodge

Namibia’s lodges have a reputation for being wonderfully child-friendly. Your ‘wild’ child will enjoy guided nature walks, game drives, and cultural experiences and some lodges offer programs including tracking, fishing, traditional arts and crafts, environmental projects, stargazing, and an introduction to local cultures. Programmes and child-friendly amenities depend on each individual lodge – here are our top 10 family friendly lodges in Namibia - contact us to tailor-make a family safari just for you.

1. Mushara Bush Camp (Etosha National Park)

  • Family tents
  • Playground – sand pit, old tractor and special play area including books, games and toys
  • Swimming pool including a shallow kiddies pool
  • Professional child minders
  • Children’s activity programme / junior safari activities
  • Camp is not fenced but only plains game on the property
  • Meals planned to cater to children specifically

2. Onguma Bush Camp (Etosha National Park)

  • Fenced for safety
  • Swimming pool
  • Family loft rooms
  • Don’t even need to leave camp to spot wildlife
  • Children under 3 stay free. Children under 12 sharing with adults pay a reduced child rate
  • Special children’s activities for young explorers including interpretive bush walks around the lodge garden
  • Meals catered for children
  • Large games area stocked with books, toys, games and wildlife DVDs

3. Otjiwa Safari Lodge – Eagle’s Rest Lodge (Central Namibia)

  • Family rooms with equipped kitchens
  • Swimming pool and lawn area
  • Family fun activities including horse riding, village tours, game drives, cycling and more
  • All activities are half price for children under 12

4. Kwessi Dunes (NamibRand Reserve)

  • 2 family rooms with separate open-air star bed
  • Swimming pool
  • Activities such as quad biking, horse riding and star gazing
  • Children of all ages welcome

5. Desert Grace (Sossusvlei)

  • 4 family bungalows
  • Private plunge pool
  • Children of all ages welcome
  • Children up to 5 stay free – Children up to 13 at 50% of adult rate when sharing with parents
  • A feast the kids will love including an ice cream bar

6. Ai Aiba - The Rock Painting Lodge (Central Namibia)

  • Family rooms with bunk beds
  • Activities the kids will enjoy including mountain biking trails, visiting the San Living Museum and guided walks
  • Swimming pool
  • Children under 6 stay free and 7-12 pay 50% of adult rate when sharing

7. Mokuti Etosha (Etosha National Park)

  • Close to Etosha entrance gate for quick entry in and out of the park making it easy to come and go when necessary
  • Family rooms
  • Swimming pool, tennis courts and billiards room
  • Visit the Ontouka Reptile Park on site – Snake show and tours
  • Private game drives available for families with children under 12

8. Okonjima Plains Camp (Central Namibia)

  • Large bedrooms with 2 double beds in each
  • Swimming pool
  • Waterhole views from the main area
  • Children from the age of 3 permitted
  • Children of all ages can enjoy the AfriCat Carnivore Care & Information Centre and game drives

9. Nambwa Tented Camp (Caprivi)

  • Family rooms that accommodate children to share with adults adding up to 2 extra beds per suite or in own private room close to parent’s room
  • Pre-booked child minding services on request (at additional cost)
  • A special Kids on Safari programme with tailored activities to suit children of all ages including a junior ranger certificate and gift
  • Itinerary will include a treasure hunt
  • Visit the local Sijwa project and allow the kids to get involved

10. Kulala Desert Lodge (Sossusvlei)

  • Family unit – includes two bedrooms with a shared bathroom and private deck
  • Sleep out deck above room
  • Swimming pool
  • Children of all ages welcome
  • No age restrictions on any of the guided activities
  • Baby cot available on request

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