As we have seen, Namibia is a single country. It is uncorrupted, unaltered, and unaffected by civilization.
It’s the kind of place where the sand dunes are much taller than the houses, and that’s where it goes road trip it means you probably won’t see another soul all day.
There are only 2 million people in an area of more than 300,000 square kilometers. It is one of the least populated countries in the world and if you travel around the country, you will begin to see why.
Namibia is about to be affected by some of them the largest deserts in the world.
There is Namib, after which the country takes its name, which runs along the coast of the country. And there is the world-famous Kalahari, which is located in the Eastern part of the country and extends to Botswana.
People come to Namibia for its vast landscape, abundant wildlife, and spectacular scenery. There are the ghost trees of Deadvlei, the massive Fish River Canyon, and the wonders. meat wander around the Etosha Pan.
With 12 national parks in Namibia, as well as many other nature reserves and protected areas, there is plenty of natural beauty to see in the southern African country.
Read on to learn more about our favorite Namibia National Parks, including details on each park’s size, history, top attractions, and the amazing wildlife you can expect to see there!
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- Ai|Ais/Richtervelds Transfrontier Park
- Bwabwata National Park
- Cape Cross Seal Reserve
- Etosha National Park
- Khaudum National Park
- Namib-Naukluft National Park
- Skeleton Coast National Park
1. Ai|Ais/Richtervelds Transfrontier Park
This Namibian park was created in 2003 by combining Ai|Ais, a nature reserve in Southern Namibia, with the Richtervelds, a transboundary area. South Africa.
The most famous feature of the park is the Fish River Canyon. This is the largest canyon in Africa which is about 100 kilometers long, up to 18 kilometers wide, and more than 1500 meters deep.
Hiking the Fish River Canyon is one of the best things to do in Namibia. But it’s also one that shouldn’t be taken lightly: There’s really nothing in the canyon, and the climb usually takes four or five days.
If you decide to tackle it, please plan accordingly and make sure you have everything you need mountain climbing.
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2. Bwabwata National Park
One of the few places in Namibia where there is no desert, the Caprivi Strip is a small strip of land leading east into Zambia and Zimbabwe from “mainland” Namibia.
This area is very wet and very fertile compared to what you will see in the south, mainly due to its proximity to the Okavango Delta and Kwando. A river.
This National Park is part of the migration route An elephant between Zambia, Botswana, and Angola.
And the Mahango Reserve, located within the park, is known as one of the best bird watching spots in all of Namibia.
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3. Cape Cross Seal Reserve
Cape Cross, a small town near the coastal city of Swakopmund, is well known for its history and nature.
According to history, this is the place where the Portuguese explorer Diogo Cao first arrived on his 1486 expedition to try to find a way to the East. He placed a small stone cross on it, which resembles him to this day.
The park is also home to one of the world’s largest Cape Fur Seal colonies, with a population of over 500,000 at times.
Cape Cross beaches are lined with seals that sing, sleep, mate, die, fish, eat… there are seals as far as the eye can see!
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4. Etosha National Park
If Namib-Naukluft is close to the beautiful scenery, Etosha is the best place to visit in Namibia to see the “Big 5” of Africa. safari animals. Well, actually it’s the Big 4, as Cape Buffaloes are not found in the park.
Etosha National Park takes its name from the giant salt pan which covers a quarter of the park. It is so large that it can be seen from space.
The name means “Great Holy Place” in Ovambo – the language of Namibia’s largest tribe – clearly referring to pot.
It is easy to see wild animals in Etosha because the park has few shrubs and no vegetation at all in and around the pan.
Also, lack of water means that meat they often gather around the holes to drink.
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5. Khaudum National Park
Warden Dries Alberts described the park as follows:
“Khaudum National Park was established with conservation in mind, not to make money. This simple guide created a sense of wilderness that encompasses one’s life when visiting the park. It’s a no-brainer, and we want it to be that way.”
This is the most remote place in Namibia and a true “forgotten desert”. It attracts less than 3000 tourists a year, due to its remote location and lack of tourist attractions.
Getting there is half the fun, with some poorly maintained roads that should be handled by confident drivers.
But once you get there, the park is a great place to see wildlife, including Lions, Rabbits, Hyenas, Roan antelopes and giants. An elephant cow.
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6. Namib-Naukluft National Park
At nearly 20,000 square kilometers, this is the largest national park in Namibia, and one of the largest national parks in the world.
It includes part of the coastal Namib desert and the Naukluft, the dolomites– like rocky mountains which originates from the central plains of Namibia.
Many of Namibia’s most famous places are within the boundaries of the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
These include the spectacular red mountains of Sossusvlei, (like Big Daddy, the highest mountain in the National Park at 1000 meters); Deadvlei, with its skeletal trees perched on huge red piles; and the famous Dune 45, an amazing place to watch the sunrise in the desert.
Be sure to also visit Sesriem Canyon, a 98-foot deep canyon that is not visited by many tourists.
Every 10 years or so, the ephemeral Tsauchab River begins to flood the Deadvlei and Sossusvlei areas. If you can handle it, don’t miss the large mirrors that are made, which show the constellations.
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7. Skeleton Coast National Park
Namibia is probably the only country in the world with a completely protected coastline. The northern coast of Namibia is part of the Skeleton Coast National Park, named after the shipwrecks that litter its shores.
This is one of the most treacherous beaches in Africa, with unpredictable waves and sea mist rising from the sea. the sea.
This has caused many experienced captains to lose their jobs and run away ships down there.
The Skeleton Coast remains one of the most inaccessible places in the world, with no 4×4 rugged enough to negotiate the sand.
Flying safari it’s the best way to socialize. -By Margherita Ragg, courtesy of Green Travel Media, image of Elephants playing in Khaudum National Park Namibia via Canva
BIO: Margherita is a freelance writer from Milan, Italy. He is passionate about wildlife, ecotourism, and outdoor activities. He runs a popular nature and travel blog The Crowded Planet and her husband Nick Burns, an Australian wildlife artist.