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More than 2,000 square kilometres of privately protected desert wilderness sharing 100 kilometres of its western border with the vast and remote Namib-Naukluft National Park
Established as a non-profit private reserve in 1992, this vast tract of arid wilderness forms part of the fragile Namib ecosystem. Notable for its haunting desert scenery and overwhelming sense of space, NamibRand – like its neighbour Namib-Naukluft National Park – is not a conventional safari destination in the mould of, say, the Serengeti or Kruger. Nevertheless, it does support a varied selection of dry-country wildlife, most conspicuously around 12,000 springbok and 3,000 oryx, and smaller numbers of the near-endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra.
If you like wild, wide open spaces, it doesn't get much wilder or more open than NamibRand. For me, though, the highlight of the region is the tall, rippled peach dunes around Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei – these are arguably the top sight anywhere in Namibia, so make sure your itinerary includes a day trip there.
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Four distinct habitats are protected within the reserve, namely sand dunes, rocky mountains, gravel plains, and mixed sand-gravel savanna. Plains wildlife also includes greater kudu, giraffes and red hartebeest, while the craggy slopes are home to Chacma baboon and the nimble klipspringer. Predators include leopard, brown hyena, aardwolf, bat-eared fox and Cape fox. A checklist of 150 bird species includes endemics such as dune lark and Rüppell’s bustard. NamibRand is truly spectacular at night, boasting a sparklingly clear night sky (indeed, it was recently proclaimed Africa's first International Dark Sky Reserve) set to an aural backdrop of barking geckos and eerie jackal calls. Six concessionaires operate within NamibRand, but it retains an aura of exclusivity thanks to the strictly observed rule of fewer than one guest bed per 10 square kilometres. In addition to game drives and guided hikes within NamibRand, activities include hot-air balloon rides and not-to-be-missed day trips to the dunes around Sossusvlei in the neighbouring national park.
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All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.
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,…
from South Africa
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.
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…
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…
I wish to say thanks to Megan for all your assistance in ensuring that me and my wife enjoy a wonderful holiday, a nice stay at the hotel with just minor issues, and the Hluhluwe Imfolozi park tour. We just wish to pass our gratitude for all…
from South Africa
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