Namib-Naukluft National Park

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

For more information browse to the website or get in touch with us at info@naturetravelnamibia.com. Namibia is waiting for you!

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Every year after the summer rains, large parts of Namibia are transformed from arid and brown into a lush green grassland landscape. Home to 200 species of mammals, over 4,300 plant species, 250 reptile species and 645 species of birds, Namibia is any wildlife lover’s dream destination. And when it’s green it is even more spectacular!

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Mudumu National Park

Lots of running water is hardly a phrase one would associate with Namibia, but Mudumu National Park certainly has plenty of it! The park is situated in the Caprivi Strip in the north of Namibia and is bordered by the mighty Kwando river in the west. It covers an area of approximately 1,000 km² and has, for Namibia, decidedly unusual landscapes: rivers, reed islands, riverine forests and flat grassland savannah.

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Mudumu is one of Namibia’s least-known parks, but is richly rewarding for the adventurous visitor. Only 4×4 vehicles are allowed and there is only one basic campsite inside the park, along with two luxurious private lodges. There is no formal entrance gate or park fence; the park is separated from neighbouring communal farmland by a graded cutline. It is in the centre of Africa’s largest conservation area, the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (KaZa TFCA).

The Park has an abundance of wildlife, but due to its remoteness and tropical climate it is rarely visited by tourists. Mudumu is, however, a place of predators; Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Spotted Hyaena all occur in good numbers, and African Wild Dogs are making a comeback too. Other species that can be found in the park include African Buffalo, Roan and Sable Antelope, Giraffe, Greater Kudu, Impala, Oribi, Red Lechwe, Sitatunga, Plains Zebra and Hippopotamus. The park is also home to a large African Elephant population. The park acts as a corridor for these pachyderms as they migrate between Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Zimbabwe.

Birders are not forgotten, as there are well over 430 species of bird recorded in Mudumu, including many sought-after species like Wattled Crane, Swamp Boubou, Black Coucal, Chirping and Luapula Cisticola, Rufous-bellied Heron, Rosy-throated Longclaw, African Skimmer and Western Banded Snake Eagle.

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For a chance to visit this wonderful remote park on our small group, expert-guided safari that also includes Etosha National Park, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls, browse to our Etosha, Caprivi, Chobe & Vic Falls Safari or enquire directly at info@naturetravelnamibia.com.

Cape Cross Seal Reserve

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In 1486, the Portuguese captain and explorer, Diego Câo, erected a padrâo (a stone pillar topped by a cross), some 60 kilometres north of the modern day Atlantic coastal fishing town of Henties Bay in Namibia. A replica cross stands in its place today.

The original cross became an important navigational landmark known as ‘The Cabo de Padrâo’ and eventually Cape Cross in English. Cape Cross is today the breeding place of over 200,000 Cape Fur Seals, a subspecies of the Afro-Australian Fur Seal Arctocephalus pusillus. It is a protected area owned by the government of Namibia with the official title of Cape Cross Seal Reserve, and is also a National Heritage Site.

These seals are so-named for their thick soft pelt, which is protected by a layer of longer, harder hair. Seal pups have unfortunately been hunted for their jet black pelts and for the beautiful olive-grey coat which they acquire after moulting, for centuries.

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The male seals can weigh up to 350kg (770 lbs) and are very territorial whilst looking after their harem of 5 to 25 females. Cow seals are a lot smaller than bulls, they only weigh up to 80kg (176lbs). Most youngsters are born in November / December and they weigh about 4.5 to 7kg (10 to 15 lbs). Their fur is pitch black and they start sucking on their mother immediately. Youngsters start feeding on fish when they are about 4 to 5 months old. The seals are traditionally most fond of pilchards and anchovies, but since the numbers of these fish have been dwindling, mostly due to overfishing, seals have had to look for alternative sources of food. Fortunately, they are rather opportunistic and highly adaptable, happily snacking on anything from crayfish and shrimps to seagulls and even penguins.

Visitors can view the seals from a 200m long walkway, constructed of recycled plastic suitable for wheelchairs. Other facilities include information points, toilets, campsites and a picnic spot. Cape Cross has both historic and biological significance and is a popular tourist attraction. Apart from the seals, there are also other fauna to be seen here, including Brown Hyaena, Black-backed Jackal, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Grey Phalarope, Damara Tern, Cape Teal, Black-necked Grebe and African Black Oystercatcher.

Cape Cross is also a gateway to the Messum Crater and the Brandberg Mountain to the east and Skeleton Coast Park to the north. For a chance to visit this reserve and its seals, join us on our popular small group, expert guided Best of Namibia safari. This itinerary has been perfected over the years and also includes Erindi Private Game Reserve, several cultural activities, fantastic Etosha National Park, Swakopmund and iconic Sossusvlei.

For more info or enquire directly at info@naturetravelnamibia.com.

 

Experience best of Etosha

If you are in southern Africa on business or for pleasure and you only have a few days available, and would like to visit one of Africa’s best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia, then our Taste of Etosha is the safari for you!

Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing (including four of Africa’s Big Five), incredible scenery and the dramatic action around the waterholes. These attract huge numbers of game in the dry season when all the open water has dried up. In the wet season the park is transformed into a grassy green oasis, with young animals everywhere! Etosha is also a photographer’s dream, with the sunsets and sunrises particularly impressive.

More than 100 species of mammal are found in the park and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhinoceros. Other game include African Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted and Brown Hyaena, Giraffe, and many others! More than 300 species of birds are found here and it is one of the best spots in the region for raptor watching.
This short safari starts and finishes in Windhoek, and covers most of the important areas of the 22,270 km2 (8,600 sq mi) Etosha national park.

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Come and join us on this small-group, expert-guided 4 day Etosha safari. For more information browse to our 4-Day Taste of Etosha Safari  or enquire directly at info@naturetravelnamibia.com.