“Vast, endless, magnificent and unimaginable are only a few words used to describe Namibia.”
These are good words as far as words go but they don’t really do Namibia justice. There simply is no frame of reference, nothing that even comes close. You have to experience it yourself to understand.
North Namibia is home to the wild and remote areas of the Skeleton coast, Kaokoveld, Damaraland and Khaudom - each uniquely different and mind-blowing in their own way. Also a must in the north: Etosha, THE place to go to truly experience everything Namibia has to offer in terms of wildlife
why we like it
- Dramatic and rugged mountain ranges with ancient dry riverbeds.
- An abundance of unusual wildlife and plants.
- Photographic paradise.
- Vast untouched landscapes with little to no human interferences.
Experience the meaning of true wilderness in Damaraland with rugged, rocky landscapes, rolling hills, ancient riverbeds and deep gorges. The isolated area presents harsh living conditions, yet a select few animals have adapted to it - including the rare desert-adapted elephants. The wildlife can be scarce but even more special and unique, offering a once in a lifetime experience, as you can be sure to have any wildlife-sighting completely to yourself. Birding-enthusiasts visit the area in hope to see Namibian endemics, such as the Damara hornbill, the Carp's tit and the Rüpell's korhaan. Sleeping outside under the stars in this untamed region is a humbling experience and highly recommended. Damaraland also boasts the geologically fascinating Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site, which is home to thousands of ancient Bushman rock engravings.
The haunting mist and untouched landscapes of the Skeleton Coast leave you feeling like you are on another planet. The park received its ominous name after the many ships that sank here because of the wild conditions. Unbelievably, this eerie place is home to a variety of desert-adapted animals and strange vegetation.
Well off the beaten track lies the extremely remote Kaokoveld (also known as Kaokoland), an untamed desert oasis that is visited by very few. Rugged terrain, ancient valleys and unbroken sand dunes display the extremes of nature and offer a variety of activities to the adventurous.
For an authentic cultural experience visit the semi-nomadic Himba people who have largely kept their traditions and culture in the seclusion of Kaokoveld. Unique desert-adapted wildlife call this area home and nowhere else are your chances higher to see one of the last free-roaming black rhinos in the whole of Africa!
Etosha National Park
Etosha is the best wildlife park in Namibia with an abundance of birds and animals including most of the BIG5. 25% of the park is covered by a white salt pan that is so large that it can be seen from space and makes the park truly unique. During the winter months the animals congregate around the waterholes on the pan’s edge offering close and intimate encounters. During the wet season the pan become a serene lake attracting thousands of beautiful flamingos.
Khaudom National Park
A warden at the park said it best- “It is wild, and we want to keep it like that.” Khaudom is an isolated park in the breathtaking Kalahari Desert in the northeast of Namibia. It is one of the most pristine nature conservation area’s in Namibia and is not suitable for the novice traveller. Purely a 4x4 destination with minimal camping facilities it offers a true insight into wild Africa. Camps are unfenced so expect a few visitors...
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