Namibia is renowned for its otherworldliness, with epic landscapes and unique natural phenomenon, but Namibian wildlife is not to be missed, with some incredible animal spotting opportunities right across the country.
Conservation is now core to the Namibian psyche – so much so that it is one of the few countries n the world to include environmental protections in its constitution. This has led to 18% of the country becoming registered conservancies, and a further 19% of the landmass protected with reserves and national parks. As a result, the harsh Namibian terrain now shelters stable and growing populations of some of Africa’s most iconic safari species
Visitors to this strikingly beautiful country have the chance to witness the country’s innovative conservation measures first hand. Some of the country’s best areas for wildlife viewing areL
Etosha National Park
This park ranks as one of the world’s great wildlife venues. Come here on the right few days each year and the giant saltpan becomes a shallow lagoon teeming with flamingos and pelicans. The rest of the year the barren-looking landscape supports 114 mammal species, including endangered species such as the black faced impala and black rhino. More common sighing are ostrich, elephants, lion, cheetah, jackal, hyena, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, and many many more.
The wild Waterberg takes in a 50km long, 16km wide sandstone plateau, rising 150 above the desert plain. The endangered species here are hard to see, due to the thick bush, but you could be rewarded with sightings of sable and roan antelopes, and black and white rhinos. There are also rarely seen leopards.
Khaudum National Park
This remote wilderness is largely undeveloped, pristine bush that’s a home range to one of the country’s only protected populations of lions, and the only African wild dogs in Namibia. Alongside these species are large populations of elephant, zebra, giraffe, kudu, and oryx.
Mamili National Park
This little-visited national park is Namibia’s version of the Okavango Delta, with forested islands fringed with reed and papyrus marshes. Birding is a big draw here with more than 430 species counted, as well as many semi-aquatic animals including hippo, crocodile, otter, red lechwe, puku, and sitatunga.
Among Damaraland’s rugged mountain scenery in Namibia’s northwest live free-roaming populations of the incredibly rare desert elephant (only found here and in Mali), along with desert-adapted black rhino, lions, and giraffes.
So there you have our take on the 13 most iconic species of Namibia wildlife you could expect to see when on safari in Namibia. What do you think – any controversial picks… or Namibia wildlife that are missing from the list? Let us know in the comments section below!