Namib Naukluft National Park in Namibia is the largest nature conservation in Africa, and fourth on the list of the largest protected parks in the world. Its borders were established in 1978, today extending between the tarred road Aus-Luderitz in the south and the Swakop River in the north, and from the Atlantic Coast in the west to the highlands in the east.
This region sprawls over some 19,200 square miles, inclusive of a few more precise points of interest within the vast and otherworldly landscape of Namibia. Among them, the pans and dunes of Sossusvlei, famous for soft sands as tall as skyscrapers; the NamibRand Nature Reserve where eco-conservation and incredible desert experiences are extremely popular; and areas within the Namib Desert itself, composed of ancient sands and populated with some of the world’s most hardy wildlife specimens.
Sand, stones, and blue skies as far as the eye can see; tiny beetles like the Tok Tokkie, which collects its supply of moisture by fogbasking; antelope such as the gemsbok whose body can heat up to temperatures which no other living being would be able to survive; plants like the Welwitschia, some of which are several hundred years old and still growing; and the desert so vast, so inhospitable, but nevertheless so diverse, so colorful, and so much alive: these are just a few of the sights that define the Namib Naukluft National Park.
No luxury Namib Desert safari in Namibia is complete without an itinerary including this region and its numerous unique sub-regions. For a well-rounded safari experience, consider combining Namib Naukluft National Park with the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, the picturesque landscapes and natural history of Damaraland, and maybe include a little historic resort town relaxation at Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. Your Ker & Downey luxury travel consultant will help you plan the custom journey that best fits your interests – contact us to get started.