fun things to do with kids in Namibia - family travel   Travel for Kids


Namib Desert
Namibia, the "living desert," is a unique landscape, with the highest sand dunes and driest deserts, but inland you’ll find verdant game parks with a boggling array of elephants, giraffes, ostriches, lions, cheetahs, leopards, wildebeests, and rare endangered black and white rhinos. Wherever you travel in Namibia, it’s sure to be an adventure for kids and parents.
Kids will have fun learning about African animals, especially footprints and other tracking signs. Also, since Namibia is in the southern hemisphere, summer (their winter) is a great time to visit.
    North Etosha National Park
    Namib-Naukluft Park

Fun food


Try kudu stroganoff, zebra steaks, or ostrich egg omelettes (breakfast or dinner time at home won't be the same when your kids get back home).




Shop for necklaces and bracelets galore (made out of all sorts of stuff such as mussel and ostrich shells), or pillows embroidered with traditional designs and animal motifs, and small carved wooden elephants or giraffes.

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Caring for Cheetahs namibia wildlife childrens books  
Caring for Cheetahs
Rosanna Hansen

Meet Chewbaaka, a cheetah in a nature reserve, run by the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. Find out about work to rescue injured or orphaned cheetahs, plus fun facts about these big cats. Super photographs of cheetahs running, playing, eating, relaxing. (Picture book)



Action-packed adventures of young Akimbo who knows the African animals and their ways – tracking down elephant poachers, taking care of a lion cub until it returns to the wild, paddling in a river full of crocodiles, studying baboons in the wild. (Chapter books)


namibia adventure kids Akimbo and the Elephants
The Elephant Scientist namibia kids research wildlife  
The Elephant Scientist
Caitlin O'Connell, Donna M. Jackson

Caitlin O'Connell is a scientist who studies elephants in Namibia's Etosha National Park. Learn about these amazing animals and her fascinating research, showing that elephants can listen and respond to sounds through their feet! Good for older kids. (Picture book)


Tree of Life
Barbara Bash

Experience the rhythms of life centered on the ancient baobab tree – colorful birds make their nests, caterpillars and grasshoppers eat the leaves, fruit bats lap up flower nectar, elephants munch the bark. Beautifully illustrated. (Picture book)


namibia nature kids Tree of Life
Southern African Wildlife  

Not a kid's book per se, this is a super guide to the animals, birds, and reptiles you'll see in Namibia, plus how to spot tracks and signs. Detailed descriptions of each animal are accompanied by excellent photographs. (Guidebook)


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