Namib Naukluft Park
Considered to be one of the largest conservation areas in Africa, the Namib Naukluft Park extends over a vast area of desert, wide open plains, dry riverbeds and incredible scenery, approximately 50,000km² in total. The blue silhouette of the Namib Naukluft Mountains in the distance gave rise to the park’s name. Some of the most beautiful sights in Namibia are contained within the boundaries of the park with a large part of the park being accessible to the public. A few other areas are only accessible through the wealth of lodges and ranches that hold concessions in the area. Wildlife includes oryx, springbok, Hartmann’s zebra, aardwolf, cheetah as well as a wide variety of bird species. Deftly adapted flora covers the land to eke out an existence. Fresh water springs are exposed along the dry riverbeds and sometimes, when the rains fall down from the heavens in blissful abundance, the area explodes with beautiful sights of greenery amidst the rusty redness of the dunes. One of the most challenging trails in Southern Africa traverses the Naukluft Mountains in a 120km hiking trail.