Get ready for Africa. Namibia is rich in animal species, like no other in the world. And then you welcome natural friendly people, streams of thorn bush Savannah, Makalani palms, Mopane bushland, baobabs,giraffes, lions, zebras.
Welcome to the vast game reserves in Namibia, the biggest, Etosha National Park
National Parks and Game Reserves
Namibia has protection in line with the Etosha National Park and other nature and game reserves galore. Etosha National Park, the third largest and one of the finest parks in Africa. The Etosha pan is a saline lake that is dried out adding to the uniqueness of the landscape, a vast shallow depression with water holes in the south that guarantee a game viewing that is rewarding.
Etosha National Park, one of the world’s best wildlife sanctuaries, is excellent for wildlife-watching. In a huge salt pan surrounded by over 22,000 sq km (over 8,500 sq miles) of grasslands and bush.
This is where you can encounter Africa’s Savannah animals like the giraffe, elephant, rhino, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, various species of antelopes and predators like the cheetah, lion leopard, wild dog and hyena.
The endemic mammal species include the gerbils and bats, the black faced impala. The Namib Desert has thirty endemic dune-dwellers. Endangered mammals like the wild dog, lion, black rhino, puku, waterbuck and oribi can be found here
The over twenty species of antelope from the largest being the Eland and the smallest Damara dik-dik . Then there is a range of smaller mammals including the jackal and mongoose all over the country and the less common honey badger and antbear.
Namibia took the lead in the world to initiate the environment protection and wildlife utilisation sustainability into the Constitution.
“The State shall actively promote and maintain the welfare of the people by adopting international policies aimed at the following: maintenance of ecosystems, essential ecological processes, and biological diversity of Namibia, and utilization of living natural resources on a sustainable basis for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future.”
With the growing numbers of eco tourists, many farmers have abandoned cattle and have turned their expansive farms into private game reserves.
The Caprivi Strip is considered by experts to be one of Africa’s top 10 birding destinations. Some 620 species have been recorded. the highest concentration of birds in Namibia, including some near-endemic species.
Or you can just admire the glories of the skeleton coast. Hike a nature trail across the gravel plains of the arid and forbidding Skeleton Coast region, see ancient desert-adapted plant species such as welwitschia, lithops and delicate lichens.
Be amazed by the Fish River Canyon, the world’s largest after the Grand Canyon, and the nearby Kokerboom Forest, home of bizarrely elegant kokerbooms (quiver trees). San people used the giant aloes to create quivers for arrows. There are now protected species of plant that is located in Namibia.