Here are some of the ultimate destinations, safari parks and game reserves in Namibia
Namibia is one of Africa’s prime wildlife and wilderness holiday destinations, especially for nature lovers and safari enthusiasts. It is home to a host of different parks and reserves, each rich in character and diversity. From the blistering pans and teeming wildlife of Etosha to the rolling red dunes of the Namib Desert, from the majestic desert elephant herds of Damaraland and tracking the rare black rhino in Ongava to watching a sunrise over the Skeleton Coast, Namibia will not disappoint.
The Namib Desert and Sossusvlei region of Namibia is a an vast and endless expanse of rolling hills, fiery red sand dunes, searing white salt pans, and unique, fascinating desert-adapted flora and fauna. The deceptively harsh climate actually sustains a multitude of life, including leopards, hyenas and jackals, as well as many species of birds, trees and reptiles. Choose from a range of accommodation types that suit a variety of budgets, and explore this ancient wilderness.
Etosha National Park is found in northwestern Namibia and is made up of grasslands, mopane tree belts and savannah woodlands. Its main feature is a massive salt pan that covers 4,800km² and is visible from space. This pan, as well as the park’s numerous other smaller pans, play host to a multitude of wildlife and birdlife species, including the famous Big 5. Self-drive safaris, overland tours and luxury lodges all provide various ways of exploring the park. A highlight of a visit to Etosha is experiencing the thrill of watching the park’s various game species come to drink at a waterhole.
Namibia‘s Damaraland and Kaokaveld regions are vast and breathtakingly beautiful. Rolling grasslands and open plains are dotted with koppies and cut open by deep gorges, while ancient rivers criss-cross over the landscape. A plethora of desert-adapted wildlife species call this area home. Herds of desert elephant can be seen moving majestically across the plains on journeys that can reach up to 70km a day. Guests can choose from a host of different lodges that offer superb luxury accommodation, and participate in thrilling desert adventure activities.
Ongava Game Reserve is a private game reserve found in Northern Namibia. It borders Etosha National Park and is home to a wide range of general game as well as predator species. Its exclusive nature allows guests to enjoy activities that are not permitted in Etosha itself, such as night drives and nature walks. The reserve has a healthy population of both black and white rhino, and guests can expect close encounters with them, and even approach them on foot!