Environment, Wildlife and Nature Reserves - The lie of the land.
Nearly 15% of all land in Namibia is protected by government decree. A far greater portion is protected in private reserves.
Two thirds of the country is made up of savannah type vegetation characterised by open plains, dotted with hardy trees. The remaining third, but for the thin strip of sub-tropical woodlands in the Caprivi wetlands, is the true desert of the Namib spanning the entire 1,500-km length of the coastline from South Africa to Angola.
Namibia has about 250 indigenous mammals and several rare and unique species including Damara dik-dik, cheetah, desert-adapted elephant, desert-adapted rhino and Hartmann's mountain zebra.
Birdlife is prolific. Of over 900 species in southern Africa, about 660 have been recorded in Namibia the majority of these are residents. Namibia has 16 endemics and over 90 of its birds are southern African endemics and near endemics.
Of the 17 National Parks in Namibia, Etosha ranks among Africa's greatest. There are several enormous private reserves around the park that extend to the Skeleton Coast - itself a massive conservation area. The Namib-Naukluft is one of the largest conservation areas in the world. The other 15 are no less spectacular in their own right and each offers something different to the wildlife and nature enthusiast.
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Namibia has some beautiful, unique and extraordinary scenery. Attractions abound and activities are limitless. But it's the whole journey that is the most extraordinary attraction of them all. Just driving through the country will be an experience quite unlike any you've had before. While parts of Namibia resemble other places - like the Kruger Park and Okavango Delta - no other place on Earth comes close to resembling Namibia.
Best Time For... Beach Holidays
Despite nearly a thousand miles of beach, Namibia’s not exactly front page when it comes to those glossy holiday brochures. It’s an unusual coastline largely made up of the Namib Desert which stretches along the sea side. A sea which has claimed hundreds of ships and many more lives. Think treacherous currents and thick sea fogs. It’s largely unpopulated too.
Best Time For... Hiking
So what’s hiking...? More than a walk but not a major trek? Difficult enough to challenge, beautiful enough to make the effort? Both sound like fair definitions but, saying that, who’s defining? A hike’s a pretty subjective jaunt but one thing’s for sure you have plenty of options in Namibia.
Best Time For... Photography
The position of the sun, a surprise rain shower, even the sudden shoulder of a fellow snapper... there are so many factors and no guarantees. Time of day, light, weather, the list goes on. And yet, suddenly, you get the shot. You capture a lioness bringing down a zebra, you depict the fragile agility of a passing springbok.
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