which lies in south west Africa is a country of
contrasts and is fast becoming one of Africa's hottest
new attractions. It is larger than Great Britain and
France combined and with only a population of only 1.5
million people, there is a great deal of open spaces.
Predominately an arid country with diverse
It is believed to be the oldest desert in the world.
With its towering sand dunes,) Namib Naukluft Park ,
at 49,768 sq km, is the fourth-largest conservation
area in the world. Sossusvlei area is a sea of sand
dunes up to 300m high, stretching as far as the eye
can see and is home to countless water birds in the
rainy season and oryx, springbok and ostriches during
the dry season.
This remote western coastline is named after the
skeletal remains as well as the debris of shipwrecks.
Almost every morning, cool ocean air meets the warm
desert air causing mist to blanket the coastline
bringing life-sustaining moisture to the desert's
fauna and flora. It is a wild, desolate environment,
yet it supports a host of incredible adapted wildlife
- from enormous colonies of Cape fur seals to desert
elephants, black rhinos, brown hyena as well as other
The park is an area of savanna, open woodland and
dominated by a large shimmering salt pan and home to a
wide array of animals. Covering an area of 22 270
square km, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird
species, 110 reptile species and 16 amphibian species
and one of the best places in southern Africa to spot
the endangered cheetah, black rhino and rare antelope
species like black-faced impala.