Have your camera ready to snap some perfect shots as you travel through Namibia and enjoy extraordinary flora and fauna that has adapted to living in this harsh environment. From large trees to small insects everything living creature seems to make every effort to conserve water simply to exist. The Namib has been nicknamed the world’s oldest desert, stretching 2 000 kilometres in length with an average width of only 200 kilometres along the coast of Namibia to form one of the most spectacular and richest deserts in the world.
Namibia has 26 parks and reserves, the most famous of these parks is the Etosha National Park. Namibia’s endangered species include wild dog, black rhino, puku and oribi. There are 8 mammal species endemic to Namibia, including the Black faced Impala, several mice, gerbils and bats. The Namibian desert is well known for its large number of endemic dune dwellers, especially lizards, of which there are 30 endemic species.
The puku antelope is limited to about 100 individuals along the Chobe River in Botswana and the Linyati marshes in Namibia. The country also has the largest population in southern Africa of cheetah’s not contained within national parks. There are over also over twenty species of antelope ranging from the largest, the eland, to the smallest, the Damara dik-dik. Namibia s also home to a host of small mammals such as mongoose, jackal and the honey badger.
The African fish-eagle is the national bird of Namibia. You may see many birds on your travels through Namibia in a variety of habitats such as along floodplains, in grasslands or in reed beds. The birds of Namibia include ostrich, cranes, owls, bee-eaters and African warblers. These are just some of the 676 confirmed species of avifauna in Namibia, with Etosha National Park being home to an 340 bird species that make up an impressive mix that ranges from flamingos to the colourful lilac-breasted roller and eagles soaring high above.
Namibia has some of the most extraordinary vegetation, all adapted to harsh desert environments. Namibia lies in the second driest area in Africa after the Sahara, Namibia is the most arid country in sub-Saharan Africa, the landscape is characterised by deserts and mountains. Namibia can be split into four distinct vegetation zones. Together these four zones support over 4,000 seed bearing vascular plants, 120 different species of tree, over 200 endemic plant species and 100 varieties of lichen. The most well-known plant is actually one of the oldest in the world – the Welwitschia Mirabilis, you will find this interesting plant that lives in the sand dunes, rocky landscapes and coastal deserts surviving through severe droughts and windswept environment. Some of the types of flora you will find in Namibia are trees, succulents, herbs and shrubs to name a few.
There are a variety of packages on offer for exploring Namibia’s flora & fauna. Please contact us if you would like some more information on the Garden Route, activities on offer or some sample packages showing how this destination can be incorporated into a package.