NamibRand Nature Reserve
This reserve originated in 1984 as a passion of the late J.A. Brückner, who had a dream to extend desert frontiers and this began by integrating numerous livestock farms in the area. To date the reserve is comprised of 17 former livestock farms and with no fences between them, the NamibRand became an exclusive reserve through which animals could roam freely across the expanse of this incredible environment and natural habitat.
It encompasses the unique ecology of the southwest Namib Desert, with a focus on protecting biodiversity and sustainability to facilitate seasonal migration of wildlife routes. The area is known to host numbers around 3200 oryx and more than 12,400 springbok as well as kudu, Hartmann’s and Burchell’s zebra, giraffe, klipspringer, steenbok, hartebeest and baboons. Predators include leopard, Spotted and Brown hyena, black-backed jackal, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, Cape fox, African wildcat, caracal and genet. More than 150 species of bird have been recorded in the area along with numerous species of different fauna and flora.
In 1992, the NamibRand Nature Reserve was registered as a non-profit reserve and is financially self-sustaining through high quality–low impact tourism. A balance that allows for self-sustainable conservation. All lodges that operate inside the reserve have been limited to 20 beds each, in essence that is 1 bed for every 1000 hectares, making the human footprint in such a vast area, barely noticeable and of course adds to the remote and unique exclusivity to stay in such a place.
Operating inside the NamibRand are Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, the Wolwedans Collection, the Family Hideout, Tok Tokkie Trails, Namib Sky Adventures (hot air ballooning) and the NRCF (NamibRand Conservation Fund, which is a non-profit organisation that focuses on environmental conservation and research. The two main beneficiaries of the NRCF are the NRAC (NamibRand Desert Research and Awareness Centre) and NaDEET (Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust, which is a non-profit organisation and educational centre empowering youths to make decisions for a sustainable future.
The NamibRand Reserve is also an International Dark Sky Reserve that focuses on the preservation of the star-filled night skies. With limited light pollution over a vast area, it has one of the darkest night skies in the world. You won’t find a brighter night sky than this in Namibia. It really is something to experience and just another highlight that makes this amazing area so special.
More In Namibia
The 10 Best Places to Visit in Namibia
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.
Etosha National Park
Etosha Park supports 114 species of mammal and over 340 species of bird including numerous endemics and rarities. At the heart of the park is a salt pan that is surrounded by sparse shrubs and grassy plains that become hilly mopane woodlands as you move away from the sunken saline desert.
Damaraland's hilly savannah supports a large number of species including lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, eland, kudu, giraffe, klipspringer, steenbok, gemsbok and springbok. Birdlife is prolific with over 33 raptors recorded including cuckoo hawks, Egyptian vultures and peregrine falcons - the world's fastest animal.
The Kaokoveld, a vast and empty wilderness occupying the north-western quarter of Namibia, is roughly divided in two by the Hoanib River. The north is known as Kaokoland and the south as Damaraland. Although these administrative divisions fell away after Namibian independence the colloquial demarcations have persisted.
The springs of Windhoek (pronounced VIN-took) attracted pastoralists long before time was measured with alarm clocks, breakfast runs and train schedules. But since 1840 random claims and several skirmishes for dominion over the precious water have culminated in a city with more facets than a flawless diamond.
When the British annexed the natural harbour of Walvis Bay, Germany was left with mile upon mile of barren shoreline in which to find a decent port. They chose an area north of the Swakop River for want of a better location and set to work building a port. It failed.
And that early failure saved what was later to become Swakopmund.
This German town of about 25,000 inhabitants was born out of necessity in 1487 when Bartholemu Dias sailed his little flotilla into the natural bay created by the rocky peninsula. Centuries later the the bay was no more than an obscure anchorage on the spice route when whales and guano attracted fierce commercial interest in the 19th century.
“NTS was AMAZING! Special thanks to Wilmari for the best trip we have ever taken. 100% recommend!”
“This was a "bucket list" trip for us. It could not have been better. HIGHLY recommend you ask for Bianca.”
“Ulrike helped us plan our safari for 2 years... patience of a saint and the insight and knowledge of a true local.”
“Ask for Chantelle, a true legend of patience, availability and efficiency. Will highly recommend.”
“I cannot say enough about this great company and Ashlee herself... best honeymoon we could have wished for!”
“Bonique's recommendations were perfectly tailored to our needs with foresight and local knowledge... flawless.”
“The service and help we got from Tessa was fantastic, as a result we had a tremendous trip.”
“Janine proposed us a great trip and it was nice to meet with her in Swakop. Definitely recommend!”
“I have no words to express my gratitude to Carmen and the NTS team for their excellent work.”
“Outstanding organisation, good accommodation, simply perfect. What a great company!”
“Kirsti arranged the best family holiday we have ever had... highly recommended.”
“We worked with Petra and everything went flawlessly... can't recommend NTS highly enough!”
“Leandrie was very patient listening to my needs and catering to my budget... Everything worked perfectly!”
“Great organisation. Great accomodations. I recommend to plan your trip with NTS.”