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Namib-Naukluft Park

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The present boundaries of Namib-Naukluft Park, one of the World's largest national park covering 50,000-km sq., were established in 1978 by merging The Namib Desert park with parts of diamond area 1 and bits or of surrounding government land, Today it takes in over 23,000 sq. km of desert and semi desert area. Between the normally dry beds of the Swakop and Kuiseb Rivers, the desert is largely rock and stone. Though the area has few classic desert scenes of shifting dunes, the landscape are still striking and no less memorable.


Best Time to Visit
September to March.

Wildlife
Gemsbok, springbok and Hartmann's Zebra occur widely in park, black-backed jackal, and Leopard, Brown and spotted hyenas.

Birdlife
Are best found around the beds of the two main rivers and the genab water hole.

Other attractions
Include Walvis Bay and Sandwich Harbor just outside on the coast, the moonscape of the Swakop canyons, Sesriem canyon and sossusvlei where one will find the highest sand dunes in world. The Naukluft Mountain offer massive rock formation and heavely vegetated riverbeds where mountain zebra, springbok, kudu, rock, rabbits and black eagles are frequently seen.

Access
Most of the main Park roads are accessible to 2WD, but minor roads are often in poor condition and serviced really. In the northern corner of Namib Naukluft National park the welwitsichia drive is perhaps best treated as a short excursion from swakopmud don't forget to get a permit first.This is a route through the desert along which are thirteen numbered stone beacons at points of particular interest. It takes about 4 hours to drive and stopping at each place to get out and explore

Accommodation
Naukluft camping site has four stands with ablution facilities, Sesriem camping site has 18 camping and caravan stands with ablution facilities.
Namib Naukluft Lodge offers walking trails and guided trips. Bear in mind that there is nowhere to drive out to for dinner round here. So it is better to bring your own food and cook for other meals.
Afro venture Namibia safaris; mobile tented safari are accommodated in top quality 2.4m 2.4m bowtents.

Last Updated on Thursday 26th November 2009