Namib – Naukluft National Park
Situated between the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the edge of the Great Escarpment, Namib-Naukluft national park is located in the western region of Namibia. The park is the largest national park in the African continent and the fourth largest in the whole world. It encompasses different features including the Namib Desert which is considered as the world’s oldest desert, the Naukluft mountain range and the lagoon at the sandwich Harbor.
While in Namib – Naukluft National park for a safari, the best known area and one of the main attractions in the republic of Namibia is called Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is a clay pan that is surrounded by sand dunes, and sesriem which is a small canyon of the Tsauchab. Also, the desert research station of Gobabeb is situated within the national park.
Established in 1907 when the German Colonial Administration proclaimed three game reserves in German South West Africa, Namib-Naukluft National Park sits on area of land which is approximately 49,768 square kilometers. It consists of a part of land on the Atlantic Ocean including about 1,609 kilometers of the sea that extends 600 kilometers north to south from the Swakop River to the B4 road to Luderitz.
Namib – Naukluft National park is categorized as semi-desert savanna and it hosts a variety of rare and weirdest species in the world of both plants and animals. Among these species include the large lichen fields, Aloe Sladeniana, Welwitschia Mirabilis, cluster fig, Commiphora, Euphorbia, Aloe Karasbergensis, acacia, Hartmann’s Mountain zebra and others.
Namib Naukluft National Park is also a home of numerous wildlife species including the oryx, kudu, dassie rat, rock dassie, klipsringer, steenbok, springbok, mountain zebra, chacma baboon, and others. Besides animals, the park also hosts over 200 bird species including the Augur buzzard, lappet faced vulture, monteiro’s hornbill, common waxbill, pale chanting goshawk and others.
All the wildlife and the beautiful scenery of the park make a splendid desert safari in the Republic of Namibia.
Accommodations in Namib Naukluft National park
There are severe accommodation facilities where a visitor can retire for a night comfortably while on a safari in Namib Naukluft National Park. These accommodations are in different ranges including budget range, mid-range and luxury range. Among the accommodations include;
Little Kulala lodge: This lodge is located near Sossusvlei in the Namib Naukluft Park. The park offers splendid scenery to the west and the rugged Namib Mountains in the north and eastern direction. This accommodation is thatched and canvas chalets and a number of activities can be done while at this lodge. Among them include the walking trails, game drives, biking, balloon safaris and others.
Namib Naukluft lodge: This lodge is situated in the heart of the Namib Desert and it sits on a hectare farm of 13,000. Namib Naukluft lodge has en-suite rooms and one can take part in the various activities like balloon safaris, sundowner drive and walking trails while at a safari in this lodge.
Kulala Desert Lodge: Offering beautiful scenery of the gigantic red dunes of Sossusvlei, Kulala Desert lodge is such an amazing rest in for any holiday destination. This thatch and Canvas chalets is positioned on a desert plain. While at the lodge, take part in different safari experiences including horse riding safaris, sundowner tours, nature drives, walking and hiking trails and others.
Sossusvlei Desert lodge: The lodge is situated in the northern foothills of the vast and it is privately owned by Namib Rand Nature Reserve. This stone and glass desert villas lies on the eastern boundary of Namib Naukluft National Park. While at the lodge, engage in some safari experiences like game drives, hot air ballooning, quad biking, and others.