The Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia is an ecologically protected area and was proclaimed in August 1979. The park has an area of 49,768 km² (19,216 sq mi), making the Namib-Naukluft the largest game park in Africa and one of the ten largest in the world. It is constantly being enlarged by the government and private organisations alike, in order to create an even larger conservation area.
The unfenced park is situated against the Atlantic coast and borders the Dorob Park to the north, the restricted diamond mining area to the south and it shares the border with the private NamibRand Nature Reserve to the east. In the northeast, the Naukluft mountains form part of the Park as well.
The vegetation of the Naukluft area is semi-desert savanna. It is home to some of the rarest and weirdest plant species in the world, including the Welwitschia, large lichen fields, several aloe species, cluster figs, acacia thorn trees and many different Euphorbia species. The park boasts some fantastic animal species too, including Steenbok, Springbok, Oryx, Greater Kudu, Hartmann’s subspecies of Mountain Zebra, Dassie Rat, Chacma Baboon and Klipspringer. Additionally, over 200 bird species have been documented in the park and surrounds.
Highlights of the park include the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, that extends far beyond the borders of the park and includes the whole of western Namibia. The part of the Namib within the Park is about 500 km long and between 100 to 180 km wide. Here the highest dunes worldwide are found, which reach a height of up to 300 metres. The Namib Sand Sea, one of Namibia’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lies along the arid coast of the South Atlantic and is wholly within the Namib-Naukluft Park.
The visually stunning Sandwich Harbour is situated in the north of the park, about 45 km south of Walvis Bay. It consists of a 10 km (6 mile) long lagoon, surrounded by dunes and vegetated by reeds. This bay is home to more than 200,000 birds, including flamingos, cormorants, pelicans and other sea birds.
Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem are undoubtedly the main attractions of the Namib-Naukluft Park. At Sesriem the Tsauchab River has dug an approximately 1 km long and 30 metre deep canyon into the ground. Sossusvlei is the name of a salt-clay pan surrounded by dunes and is approximately 60 km away from Sesriem. Deadvlei is famous for its awesome photographic opportunities.
The wildlife, amazing fauna and scenery of the Namib-Naukluft park make for a superb desert safari in Namibia.
Our 8 day, small group, expert guided Classic Namibia Safari includes the park, as well as the ruggedly beautiful Damaraland and the world-famous Etosha National Park.
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