Top Safari Destinations: Namibia

By Micato Staff May 13, 2021

Africa is home to the world’s most diverse and stunning scenery. From lush rainforests to miles of dry desert, and everything in between, the continent is truly a feast for your senses. And living among these drastic landscapes is the exotic wildlife we associate with the great game lands.

While you can find something special in every African country, Namibia is one of the many places to live out your safari fantasies. As both a conservation success story and home to the impressive dessert for which it takes its name, you can have the ultimate safari experience with a backdrop that is something out of a dream.

Wildlife in Namibia

Namibia has a subtropical, arid climate unlike any other country in southern Africa. The hot, dry days and cold nights mean animals in the region had to adapt to the area where they now thrive. Today, you will find herds of elephants, rhinos, and lions that are well-adjusted to the Namibian heat.

The World Wildlife Fund highlighted how the elephants, in particular, can go days without drinking water by surviving on moisture obtained from the vegetation they eat. Their feet are also larger to help them walk through the sandy dunes.

The plains are also some of the best places to spot big cats, African wild dogs, and bird species you can’t find outside of the continent.

Preserved National Parks

There are over 10 national parks in Namibia that make it clear why the country is known as a conservation haven. Eshota National Park is one of the most well known and best preserved areas for safaris. Here you can find a variety of species of birds, reptiles and mammals, and you may even catch a glimpse of the endangered black rhinoceros.

The Great White Place, a large salt pan, occupies a quarter of the park’s area while the rest of the space is a mix of grasslands and savannah woodlands. These different environments mean you can find the majority of Africa’s  well-known mammals living in the park. Whether you traverse the salt pan or the plains in a safari vehicle, you have the chance to watch predators and prey coexist in their natural habitat.

You can visit the park after dark during your safari to observe the animals when they’re the most active around the water. This is an excellent opportunity for night game drives where soft lights  are used around the waterholes.  The soft lighting means you can still admire all the nocturnal wildlife in the park while snapping stunning pictures. 

Impressive Geographical Features

Namibia also has the perfect geographical backdrop for your Micato safari adventure. The large desert is also home to the highest sand dunes in the world. You’ll feel like you’re on another planet when all you see for miles is red sand. Then there’s the austherely haunting Skeleton Coast, one of the few places in the word where the desert directly meets the ocean.

The country’s wonders include everything from the smallest desert reptiles to the towering dunes. While the goal of your safari is to see as many animals as possible, the endlessly theatrical landscape makes your time in Namibia even more special.

Culture of Namibia

The Culture of Namibia is something you don’t want to miss out on. The San, also known as the Basarwa or Khwe, are the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa where they have lived for at least 20,000 years. The San are the best model we have for the hunter-gatherer lifestyle that saw so many generations through the Stone Age. The San also  have a rich oral history and have passed stories down from generation to generation. Tribal Life is an inextricable part of the story in Namibia and all of Africa. In the modern world, a connection to the proud past is more important than ever.  As part of the Micato experience, you are introduced to a village elder, and you will hear fascinating tales of rituals that have lasted for centuries. 

Safaris in Namibia

Namibia consistently ranks among the top safari destinations in Africa, and it’s no wonder why.  If you need inspiration and planning ideas for your next adventure, consider requesting one of  our brochures on our Namibian or Southern African Safaris or contact a Micato Safari specialist today. 

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