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Namibia Regions: Names and Descriptions
- Windhoek – Most will start and end their Namibia Safari here.
- Sossusvlei – Some of the world’s highest sand dunes. The red sands make for excellent photographs and is surely one of Namibia’s most spectacular sights. Located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest conservation area in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. The best time to visit the dunes is at sunrise and sunset as the colors are bold and constantly changing.
- Swakopmund – Palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, fine accommodation, a comfortable summer climate with decent beaches and brutally cold waters. Swakopmund is the perfect stopover for visiting the flamingos and cape fur seals of Pelican Bay or joining a Living Desert Tour. Scenic flights over the Skeleton Coast along with a variety of other activities (quad-biking, sandboarding, etc) make this a special stop.
- Damaraland – Damaraland is one of the most scenic regions in Namibia; a large, untamed, and ruggedly beautiful area. It is here in the areas prehistoric rivers where the desert adapted elephants survive. With open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and deep gorges populations of black rhino, desert lion, giraffe, ostrich and springbok sustain by adapting to the sun-blistered, almost waterless desert environment. Damaraland is also a great opporunity to meet and visit with the semi-nomadic Himba peoples.
- Etosha National Park – Etosha Nationa Park is Namibia’s most famous area for viewing wildlife. Declared a National Park in 1907 and covering an impressive area of 22,270 square kilometers, Etosha is home to 114 mammals, 340 species of birds, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and one species of fish. Its unique environment balances the contrast to traditional safari destinations.
- Waterberg – Waterberg was the site of one the major turning points in Namibia’s History. Declared a Nature Reserve in 1972, the Waterberg Plateau is a birders paradise with over 200 different species of bird being recorded here including black eagles. It is also home to Namibia’s only breeding colony of Cape vultures. Other notable places of interest are Erindi Private Game Reserve home to Namibia’s wild dog populations as well as the Africat Foundation who is dedicated to long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.
- Skeleton Coast – Pre-Independence the entire coastline of Namibia was known as The Skeleton Coast. However, today it refers only to the Skeleton Coast National Park. The park stretches from the Kunene River on the Angolan border to the Ugab River 500km south and protects one-third of Namibia’s coastline. The climate is not what one would expect -dense fog and cold sea breezes are the norm -caused by when the cold Benguela Current meets with the extreme heat of the Namib Desert. A difficult region to drive and is best seen by air.
- Kaokoland – Considered one of the last remaining wilderness areas in southern Africa. It is a region of magnificent mountain scenery, a refuge for desert adapted elephant, Hartmann’s Mountain zebra, black rhino and giraffe and the home of the semi-nomadic Himba people. The rugged landscape is ideal for landscape photographers during the early morning and late afternoon when the land is glowing in soft pastel shades. It is also the region where you will find Namibia’s famous waterfalls; Epupa and Ruacana Falls.
- Kalahari Desert – While Namibia is most famous for the desert in which its name originates, the Namib Desert, much of the country’s eastern side is covered by the Kalahari Desert. Though labeled a “desert” the Kalahari is not a true desert as it receives too much rain. Technically speaking it is what is known as a fossil desert. No tall sand dunes like the Namib however, the landscape is more of golden grass and small red dunes home to cheetah, springbok, oryx, black-backed jackals, honey badgers, meerkats and yellow mongoose to name a few. The most famous inhabitants in this region are the San Bushmen.
- Fish River Canyon – The 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon and is part of the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. Hikers and photographers are most attracted to the canyon. The canyon is home to klipspringer, mountain zebra, kudu, steenbok, oryx, springbok, leopard, jackal, brown hyena and bat-eared fox. Though rare, grey rhebok have also been recorded in the area. It’s southern location generally deters visitors as the distance traveled is too great when working on limited time.
- Caprivi – Surrounded by four perennial rivers -Chobe, Kwando, Linyanti and Zambezi -the Caprivi is the only region that shares its borders with four other countries -Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Boasting four National Parks -Bwabwata, Mamili, Mudumu and Mahango -these wetlands attract large herds of elephant, four of the big five (minus rhino), and over 600 species of bird. The Caprivi is a fantastic alternative for travelers interested in Botswana but may not have the budget.