Namib Nauklift National Park
Namib Naukluft National Park is the largest game park in Africa and fourth largest in the world. Spread over 40 000 sq. km the park consists of four sections namely, Sossusvlei and Sesriem, Naukluft, Namib section and Sandwich Harbour.
Set amidst the rolling, deep-orange sands of the ancient Namib Desert, the Namib-Naukluft National Park comprises an unusual mix of landscapes varying from expansive gravel plains, to gigantic sand dunes, inselbergs and mountain plains.
The Naukluft complex vegetation has been characterized as semi-desert savannah. Some of the rarest and weirdest plant and animal species in the world are found in the park includes large lichen fields, Aloe sladeniana, Aloe karasbergensis, cluster fig, the Welwitschia Mirabilis Commiphora, Acacia (thorn), Euphorbia and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.
Apart from above-mentioned wildlife, Namib Naukluft National Park is home to steenbok, springbok, oryx, kudu, dassie rat, chacma baboon, rock dassie and klipspringer. Over 200 bird species have been recorded in the area.
With its varied wildlife and distinct scenery, it makes a superb desert safari in Namibia.
Best Time to Visit
The Namib-Naukluft National Park is open for tourists throughout the year.
- The ideal time period to visit Namib-Naukluft National Park is during May to October as these are the cooler months.
- Even though it can visit all year round, but it can be very hot which can limit your time spent at the park.
How To Go
Namib-Naukluft National Park is accessible by roadways and airways.
Roadways: Namib-Naukluft National Park has four different section with different entry points which are well connected by roads. However, most of the tourist take the Sesriem entry point to the Sossusvlei from Windhoek, which is 360 km from the park..
Airways: The entry point for tourist to the most Namibia destions is usually Hosea Kutako International Airport which is situated just 40km east of Windhoek. You can take self drives or book a cab at the Airport to reach the park.
What To See, & Highlights
The Namib Desert: The Namib is said to be the oldest desert in the world and extends far beyond the borders of the National Park.
Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem: Sossusvlei and Sesriem are the main attractions of the Park. At Sesriem the Tsauchab River has dug an approximately 1 km long and 30 metre deep canyon into the ground. Sossusvlei is a salt-clay pan surrounded by dunes.
The Naukluft Mountains: The Naukluft Mountains forms the eastern extension of the Park are nearly 2000 metres high.
Sandwich Harbour: Sandwich Harbour is located in the north of the Park consists of a 10 km long bay which is bordered by dunes and vegetated by reeds.
Things to do:
During you visit to Namib-Naukluft National Park you can do a variety of activities. Listed below are some of them:
- Game drives
- Hot air ballooning
- Guided hiking
- Star gazing