Namibia is growing in popularity as a premium African safari destination. With the largest cheetah population in the world and home to rare species such as the black rhino, oribi, puku and African wild dog, Namibia has plenty to excite wildlife lovers.
There are 26 national parks and nature reserves in the country, of which Etosha National Park is the best known and is most definitely worth visiting for a safari. The many water holes attract a variety of game, especially in the dry season, and in the wet season thousands of flamingos congregate on the salt pan. The park is home to over 100 species of mammal including elephants, rhinos, lions, giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, mongooses and more.
Mudumu National Park is home to one of the continent’s largest African elephant population, as well as buffalo, leopards, spotted hyena, hippos and crocodiles. For birdwatchers there are also around 430 bird species to be spotted, including snake eagles and fish eagles.
Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, set amidst the Omboroko Mountains and to the west of Waterberg Plateau National Park. The Africat Foundation specialises in rehabilitating cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas back into the wild.
There is also plenty of wildlife outside Namibia’s national parks and nature reserves. The Namib Desert is far from lifeless with over 30 different species of dune dwelling lizards, antelopes, gazelles, desert elephants, jackals and meerkats.
Cape Cross Seal Reserve is an area protected by the government and is home to one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies in the world.