NAMIBIA IS HOME TO A SPECTACULAR RANGE OF WILDLIFE, LANDSCAPES AND CULTURES. EXPLORE THE DRY BEAUTY OF THE SOUTH, THE ANCIENT namib DESERT AND WILD COASTLINE OF THE WEST, THE RED KALAHARI dUNES IN THE EAST, PRISTINE wildlife OF the north AND THE WETLANDS OF THE NORTH EAST.
The Namib Naukluft Park has an area of 49,800 km2 and is home to some spectacular landscapes. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the Naukluft Mountains in the north east. It is characterised by gravel plains, rugged mountainous areas and dunes which are burnt orange in colour and include some of the world's tallest. Various wetlands along the shore attract thousands of birds. Animals which survive here include geckos, hyenas, gemsboks, leopards, African wildcats, cape foxes, baboons, caracals, bat-eared foxes and jackals.
Highlights: The Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Sesriem, Sandwich Harbour, Kuiseb Canyon, The Naukluft Mountains
The Kalahari Desert extends across 7 countries, including eastern Namibia. It is made up of red, low lying dunes, green acacias and golden grass plains. It is home to a variety of bird and wildlife including gemsbok, springbok, ostrich, black-backed jackal, the kori bustard and the social weavers. Namibia's arid south boasts a variety of beautiful desert landscapes, including the spectacular Fish River Canyon.
Highlights: Quiver Tree Forest, Kalahari Desert, Game Driving, Hiking, Wildlife, Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz, Kolmanskop, Wild horses,
Namibia's coastline, where the beautiful dunes of the Namib Desert meet the wild Atlantic Ocean, is wild and spectacular. It is home to a wide variety of sea and birdlife, including seals, pelicans, flamingoes, dolphins and whales. The coastal town of Swakopmund is atmospheric, with small shops and excellent restaurants, and offers a host of adventure activities. A short distance away, Walvis Bay has its own charm and attractions, including the Walvis Bay Lagoon, which is home to thousands of birds including flamingos.
Highlights: Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Adventure Activities, Desert Tours, Boat Cruises, Sandwich Harbour, Cape Cross
Etosha National Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa, spanning 22 270m2. It is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Sightings of animals are frequent as the abundant wildlife tend to congregate around waterholes which surround a large salt pan which covers nearly a quarter of the park. Larger animals include lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, zebra, eland and springbok. At certain times of the year, it attracts thousands of flamingoes which gather at water pools in the pan after it rains.
Highlights: Bird and Wildlife, the Etosha Salt Pan
Damaraland's dry, rugged landscapes of sculpted rock formations, desert mountains and ephemeral rivers provide a dramatic backdrop for the desert–adapted wildlife which inhabit the area, including lions, elephants, zebra, gemsbok, giraffe and spotted hyena. The ancient Welwitshia Mirabilis and various other desert plants can be found here.
Highlights: Spitzkoppe, Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings & Paintings, Vingerklip, Brandberg White Lady, Wildlife
Kaokoland's is one of Namibia's most pristine and remote regions. Ecosystems vary from desert to mopane savannah and mountainous areas occur near the Kunene River. It is home to the semi-nomadic Himba tribes, many of whom still maintain a traditional way of life. You will find various desert adapted wildlife here, including elephant and lion, and crocodiles and hippopotumus inhabit the Kunene river.
Highlights: Ovahimba, Epupa Falls, Kunene River, Hiking, Bird and Game viewing
The Kavango and Zambezi regions are situated in Namibia's lush north east and are characterised by perennial rivers, waterfalls, woodlands and wetlands. Several national parks provide excellent game viewing and birding opportunities. Large herds of elephant abound. Other animals include buffalo, monkey, impala, reedbuck, red lechwe, sitatunga, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, Chobe bushbuck, tsessebe, sable and roan antelope, eland, blue wildebeest, lion, African wild dog, leopard and hyena. The area is a bird lovers paradise with over 600 species found here.
Highlights: Mangetti National Park, Bwabwata National Park, Popa Falls, Mudumu National Park, Nkasa Rupara National Park, Game Viewing,Fishing, Boat cruises
The Skeleton Coast, with its strong Atlantic currents and swirling fog, has sent many a ship into an early grave. This remote area with its everchanging moods is one of the most isolated areas in the whole of Africa. A wilderness like no other awaits; the park is 500km long starting at the Ugab River in the South to the Kunene River in the North. A remarkable setting of exquisite beauty and tranquillity where one can truly find the meaning of solitude. The park is known for its phenomenal scenes, endless landscapes, colourful plains, mountains and dunes. Despite the inhospitable environment, a variety of wildlife and birds are found here.
Highlights: Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Shipwrecks, Himba villages, Untouched wilderness and scenic beauty