Namibia is a vast land of great contrasts located on the south west coast of Africa. The country straddles the Namib and Kalahari Deserts, with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and west.
Namibia has big landscapes, stunning scenery, facsinating cultures, abundant sunshine and wonderful wildlife. Discover the country in a small group, on a flying safari, on a private guided tour or enjoy the freedom and very good roads in Namibia and self drive. However you want to experience Namibia call us first - we have travelled extensively around the country and know it well!
The Namibian landscape consists generally of five geographical areas, each with characteristic abiotic conditions and vegetation with some variation within and overlap between them: the Central Plateau, the Namib Desert, the Great Escarpment, the Bushveld, and the Kalahari Desert.
Namibia's many national parks and game reserves boast a huge variety of wildlife and different environments: the white saltpans of Etosha National Park; the red dunes of Sossusvlei; deserted beaches along the Skeleton Coast and the uninhabited wilderness of the Kunene region.
Sossusvlei - located in the red dunes of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei is formed where the natual course of the ephemeral Tsauchab River is blocked by the mass of sand, which stretches for 400km south of Walvis Bay. The path of the Tsauchab is flanked by some of the tallest sand dunes in the world.
Kulala Wilderness Reserve is located close to Sossusvlei and borders the expansive Namib Naukluft Park. The reserve is home to ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, bat eared foxes, cape fox, brown hyaena and jackal. Emphasis is on desert fauna, spectacular scenery and incredible night skies.
The Kunene region is situated in the north west of Namibia and is one of the harshest environments on the planet. Desert adpated wildlife like black rhino, elephant, springbok, gemsbok, giraffe and Hartmann's mountain zebra can be seen across it's ancient valleys and rugged peaks.
Within this region an exciting new tourism initiative has been formed - Kunene Conservancy Safaris. The main stakeholders of Kunene Conservancy Safaris are the Himba and Herero semi-nomadic pastoralists who live in the Puros, Orupembe, Sanitatas, Okonjombe and Marienfluss conservancies.
Tracks Safaris are delighted to be able to offer our clients these inovative and eco friendly cultural and wildlife safaris with a twist of conservation.
Further to the east is Etosha Pan - a result of a geoligical shift that dramatically changed the course of the Kunene River. Once a lake, today the Pan is mostly dry with the white surface giving the Pan its Herero name "Great White Place".
A number of waterholes sustain the high density of large mammal fauna from elephant and lion to vast herds of sprinbok, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and gemsbok.
Ongava Game Reserve borders Etosha National park on its southern boundary and is a haven to large concentrations of wildlife and birds.
The Doro!Nawas Conservancy is a landscape ranging from boulder-strewn plains to wonderful rock formationas surrounded by sand dunes and inhabitants include desert adapted elephants, gemsbok, springbok, black rhino and cheetah. Birdlife is excellent.
Torra Conservancy is characterised by hills interspersed with valleys and dry riverbeds. Despite is aridity the area supports a high diversity of wildlife including desert adapted elephants, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, cheetah and black rhino. Birding is excellent.
Palmwag Concession features rolling, rocky hills, flat topped mountains and has the largest free roaming populations of desert adapted black rhino in Africa, elephant, Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyaena. Birdlife is equally varied.
Skeleton Coast National Park is one of the planet's most inhospitable places: roaring dunes, towering canyons, saltpans, seal colonies and whalebones conceal jackal, hyaena, gemsbok, springbok, ostrich, elephant, giraffe, Hartmann's mountain zebra, lion and unique bird species.
Caprivi is in the extreme north east of Namibia and is a narrow strip of land between Botswana, Angola and Zambia. A number of national parks and thriving community conservancies ensure that the large mammal fauna of the region is well conserved and rural populations benefit from ecotourism.
Tracks Safaris have recently visited Namibia, travelling around the south, coastal and north west Kunene regions and would be delighted to help you plan your trip. We have first hand experience of many of the lodges and camps, have flown the length of the country on a flying safari and have travelled with Conservancy Safaris on one of their expeditions. Call us on 01386 830264 or email [email protected] to start planning your Namibia adventure!