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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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From the famous Sossusvlei, quaint Swakopmund, historical Damaraland and on towards Etosa National Park, this road trip through Namibia is an authentic and different take on a safari...
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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This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
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I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
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