The Namib Naukluft National Park encompasses the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range in its vast 49,768 km² boundary, which makes it the largest game reserve in Africa. The park covers an area bigger than Switzerland and is home to some of Namibia’s most beautiful landscapes.
The undulating red dunes of Sossusvlei are the main attraction in the park, and the burnt orange colossal dunes are some of the highest in the world rising 300 m in some places. Rocky outcrops (also known as kopjes) and other wind formed geological features dot the landscape and break the seemingly endless sea of copper sand.
This desert is arid and harsh like many others, but the mists brought in off the Atlantic Ocean provide it with much needed moisture. And while you won’t find the majority of African mammals here, visitors can see hyena, gemsbok and jackals fairly frequently, but it’s the bird, reptile and insect species that are most notable here.
The Sossusvleis dunes taper off close to the Atlantic, and are replaced by lagoons, mudflats and wetlands that are home to hundreds of thousands of birds. The park has over 200 species of bird in total, as well as numerous snake species and tons of weird and wonderful insects.
With blood red sands, towering dunes, iconic kopjes and unique creatures, Africa’s largest park is simply one of the must-dos of any trip to Namibia.
Accommodation in and around Namib Naukluft National Park: