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Wildlife in Namibia

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Wildlife in Namibia

In the north, Etosha National Park is Namibia’s unmissable wildlife destination. During the dry season, when water is scarce, the park’s animals gather around waterholes making game viewing as easy as parking your car in the right spot.

Along with herds of springbok, zebra, and blue wildebeest, you’ll see plenty of elephants and lions and, if you’re lucky, cheetahs.

You’ll also see desert animals such as oryx, meerkat, ostrich, and bat-eared foxes.

Meerkats can be seen all over in Namibia
Meerkats can be seen all over in Namibia

The park is the best place in Africa to spot black rhinos, while black-faced impala and Damara dik-dik are two other remarkable species. They’re only found in one other place – across the border in Angola.

Wildlife surrounding Etosha National Park

To the south of Etosha, Waterberg Plateau Park is home to some rare species, such as sable and roan antelope and black and white rhino, and Namibia’s only breeding colony of Cape Vultures.

Wildlife in Damaraland

Among the rugged mountains of Damaraland, in Namibia’s northwest, are free-roaming populations of desert elephants (which are incredibly rare – the only other place in the world you’ll find them is Mali) and desert-adapted black rhinos and lions.

Namib Elephant in Namibia
Namib Elephant in Namibia

Namibia’s most rewarding wildlife experiences include tracking black rhinos and elephants against spectacular desert backdrops.

Wildlife in the Zambezi Region of Namibia

In far north-eastern Namibia, the Zambezi Region (formerly known as the Caprivi Strip) offers a different wildlife experience to the rest of the country, thanks to its heavy summer rainfall, rivers, and water sources.

Hippos in water are an amazing sight to see
Hippos in water are an amazing sight to see

This is where you can see hippos and crocodiles, and it’s one of the only places in the country where buffalo occur. A highlight of the Zambezi Region is water-based wildlife viewing from boats or a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe).

Wildlife on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia

Stretching along Namibia’s northern coastline, the Skeleton Coast National Park has one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of Cape fur seals at the Cape Cross Seal Reserve.

Cape fur seals skeleton coast
Cape fur seals Skeleton Coast

There are around 100,000 seals here year-round, and if you visit the reserve in November and December, you’ll see their tiny pups – and perhaps a stalking jackal.

Wildlife in Central Namibia

In central Namibia, there’s marine wildlife to see from a boat and kayaking trips from Walvis Bay to spot seals, whales, and dolphins.

Cheetah spotted in the wilderness of Namibia
Cheetah spotted in the wilderness of Namibia

Central Namibia also has two places to take part in animal tracking. Search for cheetahs and leopards at Okonjima Nature Reserve near Otjiwarongo and track rare and extremely elusive pangolins at Erindi Private Game Reserve.

Wildlife in Southern Namibia

Southern Namibia isn’t a prime big-game region. However, if you want to see the animals of the Namib Desert (oryx, springbok, kudu, zebra, giraffe, hartebeest, leopard, hyena, jackal, and fox), the NamibRand Nature Reserve, a vast conservation area with spectacular scenery and a low density of visitors, is your best bet.

Springbok in Sossusvlei Namibia
Springbok in Sossusvlei Namibia

An unusual wildlife highlight of southern Namibia is the herd of around 150 wild horses that roam freely in the desert between Aus and Lüderitz – the world’s only desert-dwelling wild horses.

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