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10 Strange Creatures You’ll Encounter on a Namibian Safari

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Matthys van Aswegen

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Author: Matthys van Aswegen - 21 April 2023

Last Update: 30 January 2024

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure? Join us as we explore the wilds of Namibia on a safari, where you will encounter some of nature’s most peculiar creatures.

Flamingos in Namibia.
Flamingos in Namibia.

From mysterious insects to spectacular water-dwelling mammals, there is an amazing variety of wildlife that can only be experienced up close and personal on a Namibian safari. So come along with us and experience the wonders of this unique African country.

Introducing the Namibian safari and its unique wildlife

A Namibian safari provides a chance for visitors to experience exceptional wildlife in their natural habitats. From the majestic African elephant to the elusive leopard, Namibia boasts a diverse range of wildlife that few other places can rival. Among the strangest are the:

  • Aardwolf
  • Bat-eared fox
  • Black-faced impala
  • Chacma baboon
  • Desert-adapted elephant
  • Dune gecko
  • Gemsbok
  • Klipspringer
  • Oryx
  • Springbok

A Namibian safari is ideal for anyone who appreciates the beauty of nature and the miracles of the animal kingdom.

Some of the mysterious insects found in Namibia

From the brilliantly colorful Marbled Emperor Moth to the infamous Desert Locust, Namibia’s insects continue to awe and mystify scientists and nature enthusiasts alike. But perhaps one of the most intriguing insects found in Namibia is the Giant Golden Orb Weaver spider. 

Golden orb spider in its web.
Golden orb spider in its web.

What makes it special is its imposing size and intricate webs. They’ve earned it a reputation as one of the most impressive creatures in the country and a highlight of a Namibian safari.

The spectacular water-dwelling mammals that inhabit Namibia’s coastline

Namibia’s coastline is home to some of the world’s most spectacular water-dwelling mammals. From the majestic humpback whale to the playful sea otter, these creatures have captivated humans for centuries. One of the most profound is the killer whale, otherwise known as the orca. These apex predators can grow up to 32 feet long and are renowned for their intelligence and social behavior. 

Cape Cross seal colony in Namibia.
Cape Cross seal colony in Namibia.

Then there’s the harbor seal, one of the smallest marine mammals in the region. Despite its small size, the harbor seal is an impressive hunter, using its powerful swimming abilities to catch fish and other prey. If you’re a keen wildlife enthusiast or simply appreciate the beauty of nature, Namibia’s water-dwelling mammals are truly a sight to behold.

How to observe these creatures in their natural habitat

For starters, it’s essential to find out which creatures are found in the area you’ll be visiting. It’s useful to gather as much information as you can about their natural behavior patterns. 

Elephant in Namibia.
Elephant in Namibia.

Some creatures may be easier to spot than others. Larger animals may be more easily visible from a distance, but smaller animals may require a closer look. It’s vital to stay quiet and move slowly, so as not to frighten the creatures. Finding yourself in the right place at the right time takes a bit of luck and patience, but it’s all worth it.

The most memorable sights you’ll see on your journey through Namibia

Namibia is a land of extraordinary beauty, home to landscapes like nowhere else in the world. From vast deserts and towering sand dunes to rugged mountains and sparkling coastlines, this stunning country is full of incredible sights to discover. One of the most iconic landmarks is the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei, which stand at over 300 meters tall and create a surreal desert landscape. 

Gemsbok with the dunes of Sossusvlei in the background, Namibia.
Gemsbok with the dunes of Sossusvlei in the background, Namibia.

Another must-see destination is the rugged Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons on the planet. For wildlife fans, Etosha National Park offers a chance to see elephants, lions, rhinos, and other amazing creatures. With so much to see and explore, Namibia truly is an unforgettable destination for any traveler.

Conclusion

Namibia is a place of profound natural beauty, where you can find some of the most peculiar creatures on Earth. To make sure your safari experience is successful, be sure to do research about the area beforehand and pack all necessary gear for your journey.

Rhinos roaming in Namibia.
Rhinos roaming in Namibia.

Finally, don’t forget to take in the stunning sights that Namibia has to offer—from towering red dunes at Sossusvlei to Etosha National Park with its incredible array of wildlife.


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