Whether your interest is in wildlife, landscape, adventure, people, culture, your days here will be filled with plenty of sunshine, beautiful sights and unforgettable experiences found nowhere else on earth. Read on to learn about Namibia’s parks and wildlife.
Being home to approximately 25% of the world’s cheetah population means that when is comes to cheetah spotting, Namibia is the place to be. A visit to Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation or the Cheetah Conservation Fund at Otjiwarongo offer fantastic opportunities to see these animals close up
For clients in search of the sought-after ‘Big Five’, it’s generally best to recommend Namibia’s north – especially if they’re after the traditional open Land Rover safari experience. It has the highest rainfall of all of Namibia’s regions, meaning greater vegetation and ultimately more wildlife
Etosha (central north) and the Zambezi Region (north east) are two of the country’s most popular wildlife viewing regions
Etosha National Park offers the ‘Big 4’ – Leopard, elephant, rhino and lion – rather than the ‘Big Five’ as buffalo cannot be found here. Buffalo are located within the Zambezi Region however
Namibia’s south is much drier, making it the best place to spot animals that have adapted to harsh conditions, such as gemsbok (or oryx), kudu, springbok and ostriches
Damaraland in the west is where Namibia’s elusive desert elephants can be found, whilst the huge colonies of seals that live up on the north-west’s Skeleton Coast attract predators such as brown hyena and black-backed jackals
Although home to 17 national parks and reserves, Etosha – which means Great White Place – is Namibia’s best-known and also acts as the country’s flag-ship game-viewing sanctuary. Its translated name refers to the Etosha Pan, a shimmering salt pan that makes up the centrepiece of this region.
Both natural and man-made watering holes attract a huge variety of game into an open landscape, but it’s the Etosha Pan that visitors really want to see. A vast yet shallow depression, the pan is one of Africa’s most magical spots for game viewing. For much of the year it’s a striking expanse of white, cracked mud that attracts hordes of game.
Entrance to the park is strictly between sunrise and sunset. There are three NWR rest camps in the park for those who wish to stay inside it and take advantage of the guided night drives available, as well as the floodlit watering holes that are attached to the camps.
Covering almost 50,000 sq km in the central southern sector of the country, Namib-Naukluft is one of the largest national parks in Africa
Here you’ll find the oldest desert on earth
Entrance to the park is strictly between sunrise and sunset
Namib-Naukluft is renowned for its rolling sand dunes, deep river valleys, dramatic mountain outcrops and shimmering pans. Its stark plains come alive during the rains as they transform with thick grass and creeping yellow flowers that attract herd upon herd of gemsbok, springbok and Hartmann’s mountain zebra
The mammoth dunes at Sossusvlei make up the most iconic image of the park and is also the number one attraction for tourists to Namibia, known for being the highest sand dunes in the world. Having climbed the dunes to their heart’s content, visitors can enjoy a well-earned picnic brunch in Sossusvlei’s camping area
A hot air balloon ride over the dunes at sunrise makes for the most memorable way to experience Sossusvlei and is perfect for any clients looking to celebrate a special occasion. Trips can be booked in advance and often include a luxury champagne brunch – perfect for honeymooners
Top tip: to see Namibia’s giant dunes of Sossusvlei at their best, tell clients to head to the park early. In the early morning light, they are ten times more atmospheric than when the sun comes up and the light is flatter – it’s also a good way of ensuring that clients aren’t in the desert during the heat of midday sun
A seasoned trekker’s dream, Fish River National Park is the largest canyon in Africa and the 2nd largest canyon in the world. It boasts hot springs and a tricky hiking terrain.
One of Namibia’s most renowned attractions, The Skeleton Coast Park and Wilderness Areas protects about one-third of the country’s wild coastline. Here, Namibia’s iconic dunes are replaced by gravel and rock for around 250 kilometres before the giant dunes return again.