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Namibia

  • Dear Mary, we wanted to write you a note to say a huge thank you for all of your help planning and organising our honeymoon. We had the most amazing time. It was absolutely perfect and everything we dreamed it would be and more. Each of the properties we visited were perfect and you had clearly listened to exactly what we wanted by keeping them all small and personal. The game viewing at Etosha was second to none and being able to self drive around the park gave it an exclusive feel and we had some experiences we will never forget. We didn’t think it was possible for a herd of 23 Elephants to creep up without us realising whilst we were busy watching a leopard at a waterhole without another person or car in sight! This email would not be complete without a mention about the wild camping. This for us was the best three days of the entire trip. Being out in such deserted wildnerness was an unbelievable experience and one which is very difficult to describe to people who have not seen it. Our guide, Eric, was first class and ensured our experience was as good as it was. Simply put, a trip to Namibia without visiting this region in this way would be incomplete. There is one last thing…. when can we go again?!

    David and Kirsten travelled around Namibia on honeymoon
A family of desert elephants, Damaraland, NamibiaBlack rhino, Damaraland, NamibiaBlue cranes in Etosha, NamibiaCheetah Okonjima, central NamibiaFlamingos over salt flats, Skeleton Coast, NamibiaImpala black faced, Etosha, Namibia DANamaqua Chameleon, Kaokoland, NamibiaOryx on dune, Kalahari desert, NamibiaSeal swimming, Pelican Point, NamibiaSpringbok, Namibrand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Namibia

Wildlife Highlights

Wildlife Highlights of Namibia

Namibia is predominantly a desert country and the range of wildlife that can be seen throughout much of the country reflects this. Species best adapted to the desert conditions include oryx, springbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, meerkat and Hartmanns mountain zebra. Nocturnal species (only likely to be seen on night drives) can include shy creatures such as Brown hyaena, Cape fox, aardvark, aardwolf and caracal.

In the north-west of the country, in particular northern Damaraland and southern Kaokoland, desert elephant and desert rhino survive in surprisingly harsh conditions. Rhino are more limited in their range but ongoing conservation efforts are continually extending their protected habitat. It is possible to track black rhino on foot, a rewarding and potentially thrilling experience.

Key predators include lion, leopard and cheetah, though outside of the protected big game regions such as Etosha National Park, predator populations are relatively sparse. Cheetah and leopard do actually roam throughout the country, often coming into conflict with local farmers. For an interesting predator-based experience, Okonjima in the Waterberg region is home to the Africat Foundation and offers various predator orientated activities.

Along the coast, Cape fur seals can be seen in large numbers, with the seal colonies at Pelican Point (Walvis Bay) and Cape Cross being particularly accessible. Heavyside dolphins can be seen on boat cruises from Walvis Bay. Sighting brown hyaena would be a major highlight along the any stretch of the coastline.

In Etosha National Park, a wide range of wildlife can be enjoyed. In particular, the floodlit waterhole at Okaukuejo Restcamp is very productive in the evenings, with many rhino visiting to drink in the dry season. Lion will also use the waterhole as an ‘ambush point’ during the height of the dry season when game has little choice but to drink there. The elephant are particularly large, and Etosha is also home to the rare black-faced Impala.

Meerkats exist throughout much of Namibia, but are not prolific and are very difficult to get close to. Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, near Mariental, has a habituated family which is arguably the best option for seeing them in Namibia.

The Caprivi region is much less arid, with several great rivers bringing a vast amount of water through the region, and this is the best part of Namibia to see more aquatic species such as hippo and crocodile, and wildlife that relies more heavily on water, such as buffalo. Wild dogs can also be seen in this region.

The varied habitats of Namibia make for very interesting birding. There are a number of sought after endemics, including Hartlaubs francolin, Ruppels parrot, Herero chat, dune lark and rock jumper. In Etosha, there is a vagrant blue crane population. The different regions offer very specific and individual birding opportunities.