Wildlife of Namibia

Wildlife of Namibia

Located in southern Africa on the Atlantic Ocean, Namibia consists of 200 million acres of ocean shores, woodland savannas, lush floodplains, and picturesque deserts. It is a relatively new country, having achieved its independence in 1990.

Namibia was the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution, and the government gave people living in communal areas the opportunity to manage their natural resources through the creation of communal conservancies. These conservancies – as well as governments, non-profit organizations, and other entities – have restored populations of wildlife in Namibia and other native wildlife to the world’s richest dry land. Through initiatives, such as ecotourism, restoration has generated sustainable income for their communities.

A popular safari destination famous for its magnificent landscapes, endless space, and phenomenal photography opportunities, Namibia is home to a wonderful abundance of wildlife and plant species, a number of which are endemic to the country.

Home to an incredible array of African wildlife and a massive variety of plants, reptiles, fish, and birds, Namibia is found in the south-western reaches of southern Africa between the Namib and the Kalahari Deserts.

Spanning across over 825 000km2 (318 000 square miles), Namibia has 26 national parks and game reserves where a majority of the wildlife is found.

Namibia is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five and a wealth of marine life. Traveling the length and breadth of the country, from Etosha to the Fish River Canyon, Bushman land to the Skeleton Coast.

  • Lions
  • Cheetahs
  • Black rhinos
  • Zebras
  • Gemsbok.
  • Plains zebra.
  • Kirk’s dik-dik.
  • Springbok antelope.
  • Wildebeest.
  • African buffalo.
  • Ground pangolin.
  • Cape Fox
  • African Wild Cat
  • Jackals
  • Bat-eared fox
  • African clawless otter
  • Serval
  • Caracal
  • African Civet
  • Striped Polecat
  • Spotted Genet
  • Black-Footed Cat
  • Wild Dog
  • Oribi
  • Puku antelope
  • Elephants
  • Giraffe
  • Leopard

Best time to see wildlife in Namibia

The best time to visit Namibia is in the Dry season from June to October, although it can be visited throughout the year. Wildlife viewing in all parks, but especially in Etosha is best in the Dry season. The climate is generally dry and pleasant.

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