Etosha National Park is one of the most popular destinations in Namibia, so book your lodging in advance.
Renting your own 4x4 and self-driving through Namibia is the best way to experience this country. Namibia has surprisingly good infrastructure, given that many of the roads are unpaved. Locals and fellow travelers are generally extremely helpful if you to run into any car problems. Also, by driving yourself, you can adjust your adventure to your nugget's pace for safaris, naps and frequent stops.
For optimal wildlife photo opportunities and to avoid the heat, excursions are best during the sunrise or sunset. Since this family travel itinerary is a full-day excursion, it will be chock-full of wildlife and adventure from sunrise to sunset!
The best time to travel to Namibia is March-October. The cool air offers clearer skies and ideal photography conditions, and temperatures are milder both during the day and night. June–August is Namibia's winter and temperatures drop to freezing at night, so plan accordingly.