Namibia Wildlife

Thriving desert wildlife and landscapes

An intriguing and lunar landscape of vast desert, sweeping dunes and seascapes, Namibia is incredibly natural resource-rich and offers some of Africa’s most breathtaking scenes. Contrasting starkly with other savannah and rainforest countries of the continent that neighbour her, to journey into Namibia’s sometimes inhospitable natural splendour is to explore a place of grandeur by the most unique of methods.  With the second lowest population density in the world, Namibia has huge tracts of wilderness with a vast and roaming wildlife diversity.

Desert Wildlife and Jaw-dropping Vistas

Young cheetah cub in Namibia

Characterised by rugged mountain ranges, barren valleys and dramatic escarpments, Damaraland is a pristine wilderness that is largely unpopulated and untouched by man that beckons the intrepid. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a region of wide open space and jaw-dropping vistas and the network of caves here are home to myriad rock art, in areas such as Gross Spitzkoppe, Brandenburg Mountain and Twfelfontein. This also provides the opportunity for a unique wildlife safari tracking the desert-adapted elephant and black rhino in open vehicle or even on foot...

The Namib Desert is often referred to as the world’s oldest desert and it is within this vast expanse that the iconic landmarks of Sossusvlei, Swakopmund and Namib Naukluft Park are located. The landscape is every bit the spectacular picture postcard, with brilliant red dunes set against a vivid blue sky and endless deserts punctuated by skeletal trees and the odd incongruous breakout of vegetation. This is an enchanting and otherworldly place to explore, and one that you are likely to have the privilege of enjoying all to yourself.

Etosha National Park

Elephant safari in Namibia

Etosha is Namibia’s wildlife safari heartland and is best known national park and its silver salt pan shimmers in the heat haze, covering a large portion of the northern landmass, whilst open savannah plains, acacia woodlands and water holes characterise the south. This is one of Africa’s biggest game reserves and during the dry season, the water holes to the south attract impala, wildebeest and zebra. Being such a dry country the animals of Namibia rely on the permanent water that is often pumped to the surface from boreholes underground. These man-made waterholes are the life blood for the animals, making game viewing exciting, during a Namibia safari, as you often have several species of animals around a waterhole at the same time.

To the naked eye, Namibia may seem like a dry and desolate country with not much in the way of wildlife, but if you look hard enough and in the right places you will see a host of endemic animals that range from black backed jackals, ostriches, desert beetles that drink moisture from the dew that they trap on their legs to elephants that have adapted to living in the desert, to one of the largest populations of cheetahs on the African continent. There are several conservation organisations that rescue and release cheetahs back into protected areas and safaris will often incorporate a visit to one of these non-profit organisations. 

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Travel Facts: Namibia

Flight Time from UK

12.5 Hours (Windhoek via Jo'burg or Frankfurt)

Time Difference

GMT+2

Best Time to Go

May - Dec

Language

English

Currency

Namibian Dollar

Main Airline Carrier

Air Namibia, BA, Virgin, SA Airways

Capital City

Windhoek

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