Wildlife locations

10 recommended wildlife locations. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

Damaraland

Damaraland is an ancient area of arid plains, deep chasms and dramatic red, rocky peaks, dominated by the huge Brandberg Mountain. With the Atlantic coast nearby, sea mists drift inland providing sustenance to various desert life forms and natural laws of food and water dictate the movement of the desert elephant.

  • Where: Erongo Region
  • Ideal for viewing: Black rhino, Desert elephant, Springbok, White-tailed shrike, Augur buzzard
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Etosha National Park & Ongava Reserve

Etosha is considered to be one of the finest sanctuaries in southern Africa. It is famous for its vast, dazzling saltpan with permanent waterholes, which attract a multitude of wildlife particularly during the dry winter. The neighbouring Ongava Private Game Reserve offers the attraction of tracking rhino on foot.

  • Where: Oshikoto and Oshana Region
  • Ideal for viewing: Black rhino, Black-faced impala, Damara dik-dik, African elephant, Lion
  • Excellent for: Just Conservation, Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Namib Naukluft Park & Sossusvlei

The Namib Desert is the oldest in the world and, with no light pollution and clear night skies virtually guaranteed, it is also one of southern Africa’s finest stargazing areas. However, the most remarkable sight is at Sossusvlei, where the world’s highest sand dunes tower more than 300 metres.

  • Where: Karas, Hardap & Erongo Regions
  • Ideal for viewing: Aardwolf, Cape fox, Gemsbok, Springbok, Lanner falcon
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

The Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast is one of the most beautiful places on earth, with everything from soaring dunes and plains to deep canyons, mountains, saltpans and freshwater springs. Light aircraft is the only way in, but provides stunning views of the shipwreck littered coastline and its remarkable natural features.

  • Where: Erongo & Kunene Regions
  • Ideal for viewing: Brown hyena, Cape fur seal, Desert elephant, Gemsbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebra
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Flying safaris

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Combining perfectly with a safari in Zambia, Botswana, Namibia or Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls are not only a wonderful place from which to begin or end a safari, but offer enough interest to be a safari destination in their own right. The wildlife in the tributaries is active all year round, and the birdlife is superb.

  • Where: Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe
  • Ideal for viewing: Common waterbuck, African elephant, Hippo, Black eagle, Taita falcon
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching

Kalahari Desert

Despite this giant arid region being a harsh environment, scored with the beds of dried up rivers and vast salt pans, it not only provides the setting for fine game-viewing but also for encountering San bushmen, hunter gatherers who precariously cling to their traditional ways of life throughout this region.

  • Where: Western Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: Blue wildebeest, Cheetah, Eland, Ostrich, Springbok
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a charming Germanic seaside town, from where there are many excursions. In particular, Walvis Bay has huge colonies of Cape fur seals and is a world-renowned sanctuary for over 160,000 resident birds, as well as a feeding station for around 200,000 waders and terns on their migration routes.

  • Where: Erongo Region, Namibia
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape fur seal, Heaviside’s dolphin, Damara tern, Namaqua chameleon, Yellow mongoose
  • Excellent for:

The Africat Foundation

The Africat Foundation is set high upon the edge of a rugged escarpment with beautiful panoramic views. The surrounding woodland is a birdwatcher’s paradise sustaining over 200 species and their cheetah project provides a fascinating insight to their welfare work and opportunities to track on foot or in vehicles.

  • Where: Otjozondjupa Region
  • Ideal for viewing: Cheetah, Hartlaub’s francolin, Leopard, Monteiro’s hornbill, Rockrunner
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

The Caprivi Strip

A hidden gem, the Caprivi Strip is a long, narrow strip of land along the Okavango. Here the Zambezi’s tributaries form a complex system of waterways, islands and riverine forests – protected by parks and wilderness areas. It is rich in wildlife and makes an ideal combination with nearby Botswana or Zambia.

  • Where: Caprivi Region
  • Ideal for viewing: Carmine bee-eater, African elephant, Fire-crowned bishop, Leopard, Lion
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Combining perfectly with a safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Namibia as well as Zambia, the Zambian side was once considered to be the ‘poor cousin’, by comparison with the views of the river and the falls from Zimbabwe. The two countries are linked by a spectacular iron bridge above the raging waters.

  • Where: Southern Province, Zambia
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, Hippo, Trumpeter hornbill, Common waterbuck
  • Excellent for: River safaris, Birdwatching

Places to extend your wildlife trip

2 recommended locations for extending your wildlife trip.

Fish River Canyon

The magnificent canyon of the Fish River is one of nature’s dramatic spectacles, second only in size to the Grand Canyon. The huge river gorge meanders through the surrounding desert plains, reaching depths of over 550 metres.

Windhoek

The pleasant, relatively modern city of Windhoek is Namibia’s capital. For most nature and wildlife enthusiasts it is usually only visited for a night or two en route to another part of the country.

Wildlife trips

Renowned for its towering dunes and unforgiving coastline, Namibia has wonderful wildlife hotspots including Etosha and the lush Caprivi Strip. Other highlights include the rockscapes of Damaraland, waterbirds at Walvis Bay and for the ultimate wilderness enthusiast a chance to see desert elephant along the Skeleton Coast.

8 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Namibia’s Desert & Coast

This guided small group trip explores the wilderness environments of the arid Namib Desert and the scenically dramatic Skeleton Coast. These remarkable landscapes and the highly-adapted wildlife that inhabits these desolate areas distinguish Namibia from any of its neighbours in Southern Africa.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 12 days

Natural Wonders

Few trips venture as far as Namibia’s northern border, but this innovative itinerary employs a combination of self-drive and guided safari to visit famed Etosha and the Caprivi en route to Africa’s Four Corners – where Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet – ending at Chobe and Victoria Falls.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 14 days

Land of Contrasts Self-drive

This is Namibia at its very best, a wilderness destination of outstanding beauty at every turn, taking you north to the salt pans of Etosha National Park, the remote Kunene and its desert elephant, before heading down the Skeleton Coast to the awesome Namib Desert. Choose between self drive or guided.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 16 days

Carnivores of Etosha: Human vs Wildlife Conflict

Take part in the Etosha National Park lion survey and assist experts on a conservation project to identify lion movement and conflicts in communities. Helping farmers build a kraal is just one of the tasks on this physically demanding and highly rewarding adventure into the wilderness of Namibia.

  • Trip type: Just Conservation Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 13 days

Distinctive Namibia

This flying safari encompasses the finest attributes of Namibia: the dramatic dunes of Sossusvlei, the fascinating rockscape of Damaraland with its diverse compliment of desert adapted wildlife, and the enormous hidden Hartmann Valley in the far north. Experience beauty and solitude at every turn.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 7 days

Faces of Namibia

Experience all the key areas of this superb country: the soaring dunes of Sossusvlei, the dramatic deserts of Damaraland, and the prolific wildlife of Etosha. Staying largely in private reserves, activities include rhino tracking, walking and optional hot air ballooning - the complete Namibia adventure.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 10 days

Wings over Namibia

This suggested itinerary provides a complete experience of the north and south, enjoying superb wildlife viewing and exceptional photographic opportunities. Staying in some of Namibia’s finest lodges with outstanding hospitality, and flying between camps, this trip is simply the ultimate safari.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 9 days

Game Trails Self-drive

Take this classic self-drive around the country’s ‘northern circuit’, and enjoy fantastic wildlife-viewing and photographic opportunities. Spend two days at a cheetah and leopard conservation project, before continuing to the renowned Etosha National Park and the stunning desert landscapes of the Damaraland.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 12 days

When to go

April and May bring green landscapes, fresh air and clear skies. Wildlife viewing is best during the driest spell in September and October before the rains from November to March.

Seasons

  • Dry season

    May to Oct: Clear and sunny days, but cold at night
  • Green season

    Nov to Dec: High temperatures and sporadic rainfall
  • Green season

    Jan to Apr: Very hot with occasional violent thunderstorms

Wildlife events

  • May to Sep: Dry season – wildlife concentrated around Etosha’s waterholes
  • Jul to Aug: Predators visible around waterholes
  • Sep to Oct: Carmine and European bee-eaters in the Caprivi Strip
  • Nov to Apr: Migratory birds flock to Etosha after summer rains
  • Jan to Feb: Plains game such as springbok and zebra give birth
  • Mar to Apr: Best month for birding

Accommodation

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