Classic Namibia Safari

Namibia Safari

The country of Namibia is not only a huge expanse of sand as some people imagine it to be, but has so much more to offer. This 8-day safari will take you to some of Namibia’s must see natural wonders.

We will visit the Namib Desert and specifically Sossusvlei, which is home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world. This area will awaken the photographer in you!
We will also enjoy the historical seaside town of Swakopmund where the desert and the coast come together in the most spectacular way.

We will then make our way up along the harsh but beautiful Skeleton Coast and turn inland into the dramatic and scenic Damaraland, with its ancient rock engraving sites and unique desert adapted animals.

Last but certainly not least we will move onto Etosha National Park which is without doubt one of Africa’s best game viewing destinations. Four of Africa’s Big Five can be seen here, along with amazing other fauna and flora species.

This is a small group safari guided by one of our expert Nature Travel guides. Do you have any questions about this Namibia Safari? Speak to a specialist at info@naturetravelnamibia.com

Extended Classic Namibia Safari

Namibia is one of Africa’s top tourist destinations, offering a safe and incredibly scenic safari experience, along with a chance to see some of the world’s most unique fauna and flora. This fantastic 11-day trip will take you to three of Namibia’s must see natural wonders.

We will visit the vast Namib Desert and specifically Sossusvlei, which is home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world. This is a photographer’s dream setting!

Then we move on to the beautiful town of Swakopmund, where the desert and the Atlantic ocean come together. This is a very tourist friendly town, with wonderful places to eat and with plenty of activities to choose from. We will also visit nearby Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major harbour town, well known for the picturesque lagoon and its prolific birdlife.

We will then enjoy an incredibly informative Living Desert Experience before making our way up along the harsh but stunning Skeleton Coast where we turn inland into the dramatic and scenic Damaraland, with its very interesting archaeological sites. This area is also home to the famous desert adapted elephants and rhinos.

Last but not least we will move on to Etosha National Park for 4 nights. It is undoubtedly one of Africa’s best game viewing destinations and a jewel in Namibia’s crown. Here we will have a chance to see 4 of Africa’s Big 5, along with many other interesting mammals, birds, reptiles, plants and phenomenal sunsets.

This tour can be offered as a private guided tour or as an intimate, small group safari guided by one of our expert Nature Travel guides. Do you have any questions about this Namibia Safari? Speak to a specialist at info@naturetravelnamibia.com or browse to our Extended Classic Namibia Safari for more information.

 

Best of Namibia

Wonderful Namibia is truly the most scenic country on the African continent, featuring giant sand dunes, granite rock formations, long stretches of coastline, vast expanses of Kalahari bush, rolling grassy hills, dry lake bottoms and a great variety of valuable habitats for wildlife. The country also has a rich cultural heritage and an incredibly interesting history.

This 13 day Best of Namibia safari will start in the capital city of Windhoek and firstly visit the luxurious Erindi Private Game Reserve, the largest private nature reserve in the world.

On the way to our next destination we visit the fascinating San bushmen of the area, the true original inhabitants of southern Africa, where we will get a glimpse into their ancient way of living.

Next up is the world famous Etosha National Park, truly one of the great wildlife reserves on the planet, where four of Africa’s Big Five mammals freely roam the endless flat landscape.

We then head for the northern tribal territories of the Himba, the last nomadic people left in southern Africa, before reaching the dramatic and spectacular Damaraland area, home to the desert adapted elephants, lions and rhinos.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein and the barren Skeleton Coast is on the agenda the next day, and after that we enjoy the informative and fascinating Living Desert Experience just outside the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund.

To finish the trip we head to world famous Sossusvlei, home of the highest red sand dunes on earth, and a place where your camera will click non-stop, especially if you opt for the hot-air balloon ride over the area!

This safari can be offered as a private or small group safari guided by one of our expert Nature Travel guides. Do you have any questions about this Namibia Safari? Speak to a specialist at info@naturetravelnamibia.com

 

World Rhino Day

World Rhino Day is today, September 22, and it celebrates all five species of rhinoceros: Black, White, Indian, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.

In 2010 it was apparent that the plight of the rhinoceros wasn’t known to people around the world, and most people didn’t know just how close we were coming to total extinction of this majestic species. So it was that the WWF-South Africa announced World Rhino Day in an effort to save the world’s remaining rhinos, an effort that grew to be an unprecedented success.

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World Rhino Day has since grown to become a global phenomenon, uniting NGOs, zoos, cause-related organisations, businesses, and concerned individuals from nearly every corner of the world!

World Rhino Day celebrates Rhinoceroses and generates awareness of issues regarding their well-being. In recent years, rhinos have been threatened by poaching, urbanisation and pollution, which have left certain rhino species on the brink of extinction while leaving other species severely endangered.

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World Rhino Day activities vary from one participant to the next. Donors and partners are able to contribute to the organisations and initiatives of their choosing. Peaceful demonstrations, classroom projects, fundraising dinners, social media awareness (#WorldRhinoDay and #RhinoDay), auctions and poster displays are just a few examples of what we all can do. There is even a World Rhino music playlist on Spotify!

We here at the Nature Travel group have a special love for the Black Rhinoceros, as it is a symbol of tenacity, resilience and brute strength here in our home country of Namibia.
Let’s all stand together and save these magnificent beasts for generations to come!

World Rhino Day

For more information browse to Nature Travel Conservation have a look at www.naturetravelconservation.com or visit https://www.worldrhinoday.org/ for more information on World Rhino Day.

Black Rhinoceros

An astonishing collection of wildlife has adapted successfully to the arid desert and seemingly inhospitable environment in Namibia. One of the most fascinating species that have managed this is the desert adapted Rhino, or as it is more scientifically known, the southwestern subspecies of the Black Rhinoceros.

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Black Rhinos (Diceros bicornis) are native to eastern and southern Africa including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The southwestern subspecies is restricted to northern Namibia and southern Angola. Although the animal is referred to as black, its colour actually varies from brown to greyish.

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Unlike other Black Rhino populations, the ones of the Kunene region of Namibia are usually unsociable, tending to live in small groups. A mother will remain with her calf for around two and a half years. Enough time for the youngster to obtain all the vital methods of surviving in one of the toughest habitats on the planet!

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Many desert rhinos are ‘lone rangers’ who form prominent profiles on the natural landscapes. Lone bulls can be quite aggressive – worth noting if you’re privileged to spot one in the wild!

These specially adapted individuals can withstand scorching heat – in excess of 40°C (100°F) but can also cope with the below freezing temperatures common after dark in Namibia’s arid regions. Black Rhinos are least active during the heat of the day (between 10am and 3pm) when they take to the shade of large rocks. They become more active after dark when the temperatures drop. 

Adult males can weigh up to 1,350 kg, and the smaller females up to 900 kg. Birth weight is around 40kg. Adult rhinos stand about 1.6 metres tall. They only have hair on the tips of their tails, ears and eyelashes. The size and shape of the horns vary depending on where the rhino lives and also differ between male and female.  Males have thicker horns. Females tend to have longer and thinner horns. Black rhinos will live up to 35 years in the wild.

Black Rhinos are browsers (i.e. they eat trees, bushes and shrubs), as opposed to their White Rhino cousins, which are grazers. When they bite off woody plant parts, they often leave a clean-angled edge, unlike African Elephants who tend to shred the ends of branches like a toothbrush. This is achieved by the shape of the rhino’s hooked lip. Traces of this neatly bitten, woody material can be clearly seen in their dung. Remarkably, the Namib desert Black Rhino has evolved to survive without water for 2 or 3 days!

Dung piles are a common scent marking method. The Black Rhino will excrete in one spot repeatedly or create dung piles to mark their home range. They will also rub a scent gland against a tree or rock leaving a distinctive scent to mark a territory.

Black Rhinos have poor eyesight struggling to focus at a distance of as little as 30 metres. Thus they rely mostly on their superb sense of smell and sharp hearing. With a recorded speed of up to 55 km/h, they are astonishingly quick-footed and with sharp turns they run around or even right through bushes and scrub.

The population density of the Black Rhino in the desert plains of Western Kunene, Namibia, is one rhino per 100 km2, and still, the Black Rhinos in Namibia make up to one-third of the world’s remaining rhino population! That is a scary statistic.

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Unfortunately the Black Rhino is currently listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN (the southwestern Namibian population is listed as Vulnerable). The biggest threat towards the Namibian subspecies is illegal poaching. Hunting and poaching had totally eradicated their populations in the arid regions, but since the 1980’s thanks to the work of organisations like the Save the Rhino Trust the population of these national treasures has increased five times!

Join us on a Nature Travel Namibia or Nature Travel Expeditions safari to see these remarkable animals. Enquire by sending us a message on info@naturetravelnamibia.com.