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Namib-Naukluft National Park safaris, tours & holiday packages

Dunescapes and mountains dominate Africa'slargest national park

The vast Namib-Naukluft National Park protects the dunefields around Sossusvlei, set in the expansive Namib Desert, as well as the hiker-friendly Naukluft Mountains

Almost half of Namibia’s land area is comprised of the Namib, the world's oldest desert and the major component of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest such entity in Africa.

The remainder of this 49,768 square-kilometre park comprises the scenic Naukluft Mountains, a prominent range of dolomite and limestone crags that rises from the surrounding desert to an altitude of almost 2,000 metres. Much of the park is quite inaccessible in anything but full-on expedition mode, but those sites that can be reached in an ordinary saloon car include some of the most rewarding in Namibia.

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Philip Briggs says

It is difficult to convey the immense sense of space associated with Namib-Naukluft – a practically unpopulated area that covers an area larger than Switzerland! And if nothing else, Sossusvlei is a true must-see destination, ranking up there with, say, Victoria Falls or Kilimanjaro as one of the most iconic sights in sub-equatorial Africa.

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For hikers, the main drawcard is the Naukluft Mountains, whose scenic slopes can be explored along two moderately strenuous day walks, the altogether more challenging eight-day Naukluft Trail or a newer 73-kilometre 4x4 trail that is limited to just four vehicles daily.

In addition to the scenery, the mountains host a plethora of succulent plants, large mammals such as the threatened Hartmann’s mountain zebra and the more elusive leopard. There are almost 200 recorded bird species including spectacular raptors such as Verreaux's (or black) eagle and augur buzzard.

The main tourist focus in the Namib is Sossusvlei, a scenic dry pan set in the heart of the world's tallest dunefields, and home to desert wildlife such as gemsbok and ostrich. Elsewhere, the stony desert typical of the coastal belt can be explored from the ports of Swakopmund or Walvis Bay along Welwitschia Drive, a good place to see the remarkable plant Welwitschia mirabilis, a sprawling terrestrial relative of the conifer that can reach 1,000 years old.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Namib-Naukluft National Park

How does the weather influence a safari?

While a safari holiday can be at any time of year, it is worth noting that seasonality will impact the type of experience you’re likely to have as well as the cost of your safari. During the dry season, the wildlife tends to congregate… go there.

What is a typical day on safari like?

Life on safari has a rhythm of its own, largely dictated by the animal's movements. Generally, the most rewarding times for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and also late in the afternoons when the animals are most active. A… go there.

Will I be able to use my smartphone during my safari?

Wi-Fi is the best option when planning on using your smartphone during your African safari. Using apps such as Skype for Android and iOS, Viber for Android and iOS as well as Google Hangouts for Android is the best way to stay in touch with… go there.

What happens if the weather affects my hot air balloon safari?

If the weather causes unforeseen problems on the day of your hot air balloon safari, we will try to move it to another day or you will be refunded. go there.

Is going on a safari dangerous?

You are putting yourself in a position where you are exposed to wild animals for which many of them are dangerous. However on a safari every precaution is made to ensure your safety when going on a game drives or walks. This is why it is of… go there.

What research should one do when thinking of travelling through Africa?

Africa for centuries has captured the imagination of explorers hence there really is a lot of information out there available on the continent from guide books to novels. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Namib-Naukluft National Park safaris

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.

Ron

from United States of America

Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…

Saldrix

from South Africa

Two male lions tried to take on an older female lion. The alpha male recently died and they were trying to take over his pride. The female lion was having none of it and while the males tried to tag team her; she swatted her massive paw at…

Kay Oczkowski

from United States of America

Waking up at 5:00 am to a bumpy ride all the way to a hidden hyena den, was something I’ll never forget. But the absolute best part was when the 1 month old cub peeked his head out to say hello. It was heartbreakingly cute.

Alana Krutoyarsky

from United States of America

We have just returned from our 3rd African safari, this time as far north as Zambia and had an amazing time. It was everything we expected and more. The scenery was beautiful and the wildlife spectacular and the kids loved every minute of…

Howes Family

from New Zealand

Steve, It has been so long, I hope you remember who I am, lol. As a I said before the trip was magnificent, a never-to-be forgotten experience! Thank-you for everything you and your staff did to make this one of the most fabulous…

Viljoen Group

from Australia

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