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Damaraland (Skeleton Coast) & Kaokoveld

The Tsiseb Conservancy contains the Brandberg,  Namibia's highest mountain which has an abundance of rock art including the famous White Lady.

 

The conservancy is home to various flora and fauna, including desert adapted elephants, mountain zebra, kudu, oryx and ostrich.

 

The conservancy is also home to the Duareb Mountain Guide Association, a group of local guides who have come together to create great tours around the conservancy and whose lifetime spent in the area has equipped them with some fascinating information to pass onto visitors.

 

Weather on the northern Skeleton Coast is fairly constant throughout the year, with moderate temperatures and sparse rain.   The inland Kaokoveld is best visited from May to August during the winter.

Erindi Private Game Reserve is situated in the triangle between Okahandja, Otjiwarango and Omaruru.  It houses over 300 bird species as well as many large and small mammals, including the African Wild Dog, both black and white rhinos, lions, brown hyenas, cheetahs and leopards.  

 

The reserve has an active leopard research project which boasts 5 collared leopards.  Learning more about the movements of these animals and their territories is providing great insight into these most beautiful felines.  

Erindi Private Game Reserve

Skeleton Coast National Park

The Skeleton Coast Park & Wildnerness Area covers about one third of Namibias coastline and is considered to be one of the most inhospitable places on earth.   Whilst it is not feasible to visit the Northern part of the park, it is possible and fascinating to visit the southern part of the park.  

 

The scenery here is resplendent – the desert stretches as far as the eye can see.  It’s no wonder that ships that were wrecked in the sea mist ended their days stuck in the sand plains.  The wrecks of these ships lying half buried in the sand provide an insight into the days gone by.

 

Desert elephants and oryx can be found in this arid area, along with giraffe, hyena, ostrich and springbok in the more inland areas.

The Waterberg Plateau Park is home to a number of conservation initiatives.  Several translocation projects have tried to create breeding groups of various species within the reserve to restock populations.  The park is also home to the endangered white rhino and sable antelope.  Birdlife is also prolific with the park having the only breeding colony of cape vultures in Namibia.  

 

There are a number of short hiking trails within the park that offer visitors a true experience of the area.  Maps for these trails can be picked up at the park entrance.  The view at the end of the Mountain View trail is most definitely worth the effort.  

 

There are also some longer trails that can be experienced either guided or unguided,  these last from 3-4 days depending on the trail.

Waterberg Plateau Park

Doro-!Nawas Conservancy & Uibasen Conservancy

Both the Doro-!Nawas Conservancy & the Uibasen Conservancy are perfect destinations from which to view Twyfelfontein, the site of more than 2000 rock engravings left by the San people.  In addition, birdlife and game are abundant in both conservancys, including desert adapted rhinos and elephants, leopard, cheetah and giraffe.  The Petrified Forest, home to fossilised tree trunks thought to be about 280 million years old,  is also within easy reach.

#Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy  

Situated in the picturesque Grootberg Mountain range, the #Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy is home to elephant, black rhino, leopard, mountain zebra, kudu, gemsbok, ostrich, springbok, steenbok, giraffe, duiker, klipspringer, warthog, spotted hyaena, black-backed jackal and cheetah.  

 

A fantastic example of communal-lands conservation – the conservancy incorporates livestock and rangeland management into it’s conservation activities alongside the protection of wildlife resources.  It’s also home to Landine Guim, as far as anyone knows, the first female environmental shepherd.

Tsiseb Conservancy  

 

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