Namib-Naukluft National Park
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The Namib-Naukluft National Park is a 49,768 km² ocean of red sand dunes, gravel plains and mountains. Combined, they form Africa’s largest national park. Characterised by some of the oldest and biggest dunes in the world, Namib-Naukluft is an area of unquantifiable natural beauty where majestic mountain ranges rise from the horizon above barren desert expanses. Hardy desert-dwelling species like the oryx and Hartmann’s mountain zebra roam the arid plains in search of food and water.
About Namib-Naukluft National Park
The sheer size and aesthetic of the Namib-Naukluft means it is particularly beautiful during sunrise and sunset, with the Sossuvlei and Sesriem region being the most visited area. These mineral pans and hundred-metre high dunes are certainly the highlight of many bespoke Namibia holidays, although much of the rest of the park is inaccessible to humans. However, the areas that are open to visitors can easily be navigated on a network of well-maintained roads.
Namib-Naukluft National Park Wildlife Safaris and Activities
Sunrise and sunset safaris in the Namib-Naukluft National Park are an experience to remember. There are 50 different mammal species in the park, but very few large animals. However, it is the landscape that is the real star of the show during visits here, particularly when the pastel colours of the desert floor and distant hills illuminate with the rising and falling of the sun. A tailor-made safari in Namib-Naukluft is a bit of an ‘off-the-beaten-track’ experience, but one that few forget.
The Namib-Naukluft mountains in the northern part of the park are home to some excellent walking trails that vary in length and difficulty and can be enjoyed both guided and unguided.
There are a number of other activities in the Namib-Naukluft National Park in the Sossusvlei region. Visiting the sand dunes and salt pans are by far the most popular attraction for those staying in the area. 4×4 safaris, hot air-balloon rides and scenic flights in both helicopter and small aircraft are also all available on a luxury Namib-Naukluft holiday. For more information about this, please visit our Sossusvlei page.
Best Places to Stay in the Namib-Naukluft National Park
There is a wonderful selection of Namib-Naukluft lodges located within a short drive of the small town of Solitaire. Lodges are of a superb standard and offer excellent views over the park’s incredible landscapes. They also provide quick access into the park meaning time exploring it can be maximised.
For those wishing to visit Sossusvlei, accommodation is generally located in the Sesriem area. However, quicker access to the dunes is afforded by staying within the park. For more information on Sossuvlei and the Sesriem Canyon, click here.
Best Time to Visit Namib-Naukluft National Park
If you’re wondering when to go to Namib-Naukluft National Park then don’t worry, it’s a year-round destination, with the most comfortable temperatures being between May and October during the cooler months.