For those wishing to see the “Big Five” there is no better country.
With the largest cheetah population in the world and home to other iconic species such as African wild dog, brown and spotted hyaena, and serval, not to mention 27 other carnivore species, 20 species of antelope and over 700 species of bird, Namibia is a world-class destination for the professional and amateur game viewer.
Namibia offers beauty and tranquillity in equal measure and it is easy to feel as if you are the first person to set foot in many areas of its vast wilderness. One of the least populated and most politically stable countries in Africa, Namibia is one of the safest countries to explore with an organised group or as an independent traveller.
Stretching from the coastal towns along the Atlantic Ocean in the west, across the dunes of the world's oldest desert, the Namib, through the bushveld, to the Kalahari in the east, Namibia’s constantly changing landscape never ceases to surprise and entertain. The Skeleton Coast, Etosha National Park, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, The Waterberg and the Caprivi bring visitors from around the world but the list of attractions goes on.
Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is Namibia's premier game viewing experience.
Situated in the northwest of Namibia it is an area well known for its wildlife. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres.
Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m.
In the dry season, wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes which makes for excellent game viewing.
Fifty-seven percent of Namibia's land is designated as nationally protected for the benefit of communities and wildlife whereas, by comparison, South Africa's nationally protected areas only cover six percent of the country. More surprisingly, however, is that the entire Namibian coastline, from Angola in the north to South Africa in the south, is a protected area, including two marine reserves, so although Namibia is known globally for its terrestrial wildlife its marine fauna is equally abundant and diverse.
Namibia is home to a diverse range of ethnic groups who provide an array of friendly and fascinating cultures to meet and enjoy. Local crafts and food, along with traditional singing and dancing, can regularly be found as you make your way through the country.
As one of the few countries in the world to specifically address conservation and protection of natural resources in its constitution, the income from tourism helps to support the environment, wildlife and communities that make Namibia so unique. So you can be assured that your visit is helping to protect the wonders you see along the way.
What is not a wonder is that people return to Namibia again and again!