There can be no better holiday to take with your children than on a safari. Quite apart from the excitement of visiting another country and a magnificent country at that, there is the educational value of enlightening young minds that is priceless.
And there can be no better place to take that magical family safari than Namibia, a desert country of stark and breathtaking beauty with one of the world’s wildest coastlines. Namibia is sparsely populated but proud and culturally diverse tribes live as they have lived over generations. It is a country rich in diamonds, wilderness and wildlife. All this makes it an ideal family safari or family vacation destination. This is a place that is popular with celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who also found it a great place to have their baby!
Unlike many of the popular safari destinations in Africa, Namibia is one of the few African countries where a self-drive holiday is an excellent option, with the extra flexibility that this brings. This can be particularly important and helpful if you are traveling with young children. Another important consideration when you’re planning to travel with younger children is that most of Namibia is malaria-free.
For those children who are missing the familiar landmarks of their back garden the Sossusvel sand dunes offer the world’s largest (and most magnificently colored) sand pit that even the most discerning child would be thrilled to play in. You might find the waters on the coast of Namibia a little cool but it is well worth spending some time on a perfect and safe swimming beach with the children such as the one in Swakopmund. Namibia offers world class safari parks like Etosha. that offers family friendly lodging where children can play in complete safety and where you can also enroll them for hunting lessons with the San Bushmen. They are considered to be the oldest culture in the world dating back no less than a hundred thousand years. In Namibia and throughout Southern Africa where the San lived as hunter-gatherers, their impressive rock art can be seen. But like all of us, the San have had to make concessions to progress and time and have slowly been displaced to live in the arid sands of the Kalahari Desert by Bantu tribes and white farmers who have taken the more fertile land for their crops and livestock. But for now let your children experience what the young San would have done for decades before, as they learn to hunt under the watchful eyes of their elders.
The Himba are a striking people to look at and have a presence at camps throughout Namibia, where your children can get to know them. The women are topless and wear miniskirts made of goat skins adorned with shells and jewelry that have been made of iron and copper. The men wear goatskin loin cloths. Both men and women smear their skin with a mixture of rancid butter, ash and ochre to protect them from the harsh desert climate. Your children might think that this is face painting taken to a while new level! You can tell the marital status of a Himba lady by the way she wears her hair. The men also change their hairstyle to denote their social position. A married man for example wears his hair in a turban.
These are just a few reasons that a family safari in Namibia is something that you and your family would love so much. Namibia is perfect for the family, for educating young minds and leaving them with memories to treasure and to build on in their lives.