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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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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…