The particular ambience of some places, the composition of their vistas, the balance of their denizens, the range of their hues and tones – their very soul – touches us in indescribable ways and frees our own spirit, to dance. They take us in. We feel that we are finally home. For me, NamibRand is such a place: To be embraced by the spirit of the desert, to be filled with true wonder. To hold a web-footed gecko and look into its mesmerising eye; to mimic the croaking call of a Rüppell’s korhaan and have it answered; to stand in snow atop a high desert peak; to walk across endless kilometres of Namib plains; to sit on a dune ridge at sunset and look west into infinity. To give in to colour, space, and silence, to succumb to nature’s beauty. Like few other places, NamibRand offers a sense of the pristine, in a world uncrowded.
Innovative in so many ways, NamibRand is one of the finest examples of large-landscape conservation through ecotourism, not just in Namibia. The reserve has catalysed other landscape-level conservation and tourism initiatives. It was registered as the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Africa. It was the venue for the world’s first Fairy Circle Symposium. It is home to the foremost environmental education centre in Namibia.
TRAVEL TIPS - NAMIBRAND:
WHEN TO BE THERE:
• NamibRand is open all year; the summer months can be very hot
• Some accommodation & activities are seasonal; enquire in advance
• A few days of morning fog occur, mainly in winter
• Rain is very rare & brings sheer joy rather than discomfort
WHAT TO DO:
• Give in to the magic of the desert
• Enjoy scenic drives, quad bike outings or horse riding
• Spoil yourself with the spectacular adventure of hot-air ballooning over the Namib
• Get an intimate feel for the desert on a two-night walking safari
WHAT TO REMEMBER:
• No off-road driving or roadside camping
• Camping only at the Family Hideout campsites (prior booking required)
• Access beyond the proclaimed roads is only possible with a booking
• Desert nights can be cold; come prepared
A small intimate lodge in an amazing part of the Namib Desert. While the lodge can be used as a base from which to visit the dunes at Sossusvlei, the tranquil and beautiful environment make it a destination in it's own right.
Luxury lodge with guided tour to the dunes using the lodges own private entrance, excellent choice for those looking for a little extra luxury.
The only lodge inside the borders of the national park. Allows for extra early visits to the Sossusvlei dunes.
This small luxury camp is the latest addition to the Wolwedans Lodge collection. It is situated around 45km south of the other lodges and therefore offers an insight into a different aspect of the NamibRand Nature Reserve.
Dunes Camp is the simplest of the establishments on the Namib Rand reserve. Accommodation comes in the form of dome tents each with own bathroom.
Wooden units built on platforms overlooking the NamibRand Reserve. As with all the Wolwedans properties expect some of the best views in Namibia, great food and excellent service.
An upmarket extension to the Dunes Lodge.
Ever fancied your own house surrounded by nothing but the Namib Desert? This luxurious property gives you just that, and way more.
On the scenic D707 road and bordering on the Namib Naukluft park, lies this spectacular property. Accommodation is offered in a small tented camp or en-suite rooms at the old farmhouse.
Wing-gland bats are unique in that they can adapt to very dry conditions.
Dent's horseshoe bat is one of the smallest bats in southern Africa.
The flat-headed free-tailed bat is a free-tailed bat with an extraordinary flattened skull.
Geoffroy's horseshoe bat are a highly gregarious creature that occur in colonies of several thousand if suitable roosting sites exist.
It is believed that it forages along river beds were greater concentrations of insect can be found.
Rüppells horseshoe bat occur in small colonies of about 12.
Cape teals are found in salt pans, estuaries and coastal lagoons.
Red-billed teals inhabit most inland wetlands whether man-made or natural usually in pairs or small groups.
The label Namib Rand was used collectively for land along the eastern fringes of the Namib. Rand means edge in both German and Afrikaans, leading to widespread use of the term ‘Namib edge’. The nature reserve adopted this as a fitting descriptive name.
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