Namib-Naukluft National Park
Why Visit Namib-Naukluft National Park?
Larger than the entire country of Switzerland, the Namib-Naukluft National Park is situated in the heart of Namibia’s desert. The park is home to the dunes of Sossusvlei, along with an unusual range of wildlife, insects, plants and birds. With mind-boggling landscapes and dramatic scenery, a visit to Namib-Naukfluft National Park is not to be missed.
Namib-Naukluft National Park Overview
The largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest park in the world, Namib-Naukluft National Park is situated in Namibia. Despite its arid conditions, the park is home to a startling array of animal and plant life, with game such as hyena, jackal and gemsbok to be seen alongside rare desert-dwelling insects and many interesting bird species.
The most famous attraction in the park is the dunes at Sossusvlei, which are the tallest sand dunes in the world. This area can only be entered by 4x4 vehicle from Sesriem, and is one of the most remote, fascinating sights imaginable.
The park's boundaries were established in 1978 when the Namib Desert Park, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park and parts of Diamond Area 1 and some other bits of surrounding government land were merged. Today, the park is larger than Switzerland, spanning across endless vistas of red and gold dunes with clear desert skies overhead.
Highlights & Places in Namib-Naukluft National Park
- Ballooning over Sossusvlei
- Guided Walk at Sossusvlei
Ballooning over Sossusvlei is the most unforgettable and beautiful experience in the Namib Desert. The adventure begins before sunrise when you are collected from your accommodation, and driven to the take-off area. Once the balloon is airborne you drift silently over the dunes for about an hour.
The Sossus on Foot tours are a selection of day activities. They are ideal for the individual or self-drive traveller who needs an expert tour of the dunes, and feel they would benefit from the personal experience of a specialist Sossusvlei guide.
Best Time to Visit Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park Weather
From November through to March the daytime temperatures rarely peak below 35°C or drop lower than 15°C at night.
From April to October daytime temperatures range between a very pleasant 25°C to 35°C.
When to Go
Namibia has a semi-desert climate across most of the country.
Summer runs from October to April, bringing thundershowers that cause wildflowers to bloom. Winter runs from May to September, bringing mild days and freezing nights.
The interior has two rainy seasons – a short one from October to December, and a longer one from mid-January to April.
Getting There & Getting Around
Getting To Namib-Naukluft National Park
Getting into the Namib-Naukluft National Park can be done by car, plane or 4x4 vehicle, with plenty of views to take in along the way.
Getting Around Namib-Naukluft National Park
Due to its large size, getting around the Namib-Naukluft National Park is best done by plane or 4x4 vehicle. Walking is possible in some parts, especially guided bush walks through the various habitats.
Namib-Naukluft National Park Tips : Know Before You Go
There is not much in the way of facilities within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, as this is a largely remote area with vast stretches of unspoiled landscapes. It is best to be prepared and stock up on money and supplies in the town of Windhoek or at Sesriem before entering the more remote regions.
Namib-Naukluft National Park Tours: This page features 1 package tours that visit Namib-Naukluft National Park.
Self Drive Tour: Namibia Priced from ZAR 17,557 pp Priced from ZAR 17,557 ppCategory : Self Drive Holidays
12 days in Namibia, Windhoek, Swakopmund, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namib Desert, Damaraland
This self drive tour offers you the opportunity to explore the town of Windhoek, the Etosha National Park, Swakopmund and the best this region has to offer.
Namib-Naukluft National Park Map