National Parks of Namibia

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Namibian National Parks

Namibia is a country in southern Africa shares borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, South Africa to the south and east, and Botswana on the east. Namibia has Atlantic Ocean coast line in the west. Namibia is situated between the Namib and the Kalahari deserts, and has the least rainfall of any country in sub-Saharan Africa.

Namibia is know for its wonderful wildlife and is one of the prime ecotourism destinations in Africa.Tourism accounts for nearly 15 percent of the Namibian economy and the Namibian government has make wildlife conservation a priority. Namibia has over 200 species of mammals, nearly 650 species of birds, more than 300 species of amphibians and reptiles, over 100 species of fish, more than 1,300 species of arachnids and over 6,000 species of insects. Some of the species of wild animals found in Namibia, include African wild dog (Lycaon pictus), African elephant (Loxodonta africana), white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis), hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious), giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), impala (Aepyceros melampus), springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis), cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), zebra (Equus burchellii), gemsbok (Oryx gazella), waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), crested porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis), bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis), genet (Genetta genetta), caracal (Caracal caracal), African wild cat (Felis sylvestris), hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryasand), honey badger (Mellivora capensis), cape hare (Lepus capensis), meerkat (Suricata suricatta), Yellow Mongoose Cynictis penicillata), pangolin (Manis temminckii), brown hyena (Hyaena brunnea), spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) and the side-striped jackal (Canis adustus).

Amphibians and Reptiles of Namibia – Checklist

Bwabwata National Park

The Bwabwata National Park contains the Mahango Game Park and Caprivi Game Park. Vegetation mainly consists of shrub and tree species such as Zambezi teak (Baikiaea plurijuga), wild seringa (Burkea africana), and African teak (Pterocarpus angolensis). Some of the wildlife found in the Bwabwata National Park include the lion, leopard, cheetah, cape buffalo, hippopotamus, roan antelope, spotted hyena, black-winged pratincole, and slaty egret, just to name a few.

Bwabwata National Park – Other Information

Dorob National Park

Dorob National Park a long piece of mainly arid land, containing belts of coastal dunes and gravel plains. The Ramsar listed wetlands are also part of this national park.

Etosha National Park

Habitats in the Etosha National Park are mostly woodland, with mopane being the most common tree, savanna, grasslands and saline desert. Etosha National Park contains over 100 species of mammal, nearly 350 bird species, and more than 125 species of amphibians and reptiles.

Etosha National Park – Other information

Khaudom National Park

The Khaudom National Park is located in the Kalahari desert of Namibia. Some of the mammal species found in Khaudom National Park include African elephant, giraffe, horse antelope, kudu, lyre antelope, eland and reedbuck. More than 300 species of birds inhabit the national park, including over 50 species of birds of prey.

Khaudom National Park – Other Information

Mamili National Park

– (now called Nkasa Rupara National Park)

Mangetti National Park

Mangetti National Park – Other Information

Mudumu National Park

The Mudumu National Park is an important migration route for the African elephant, as well as, other species of large mammals, coming from Botswana to Angola. There are nearly 450 species of birds in Mudumu National Park, including the African skimmer, African fish eagle, and western-banded snake eagle. The Mudumu National Park also contains hippopotamus, African elephant, cape buffalo, sitatunga, red lechwe, kudu, impala, roan antelope, Burchell’s zebra, spotted-necked otter and crocodile.

Mudumu National Park – Other Information

Namib-Naukluft National Park

The Namib Desert, one of the world’s oldest desert, and the Naukluft mountain range give Namib-Naukluft National Park its name. In this very dry region of Namibia some of the common animal species that occur in the national park are hyenas, gemsboks and jackals, as well as various snakes and lizards.

Namib-Naukluft National Park – Other Information

National West Coast Recreation Area (National Park)

National West Coast Recreation Area (National Park) – Other Information

Skeleton Coast National Park

Sperrgebiet National Park

Sperrgebiet National Park – Other Information

Waterberg National Park

Several of Namibia’s endangered species, including the black rhinoceros were reintroduced into Waterberg National Park. There are over 200 species of bird in Waterberg National Park. Some of the more common species of wildlife in the national park, include sable, roan antelope, red heartebeest, steen bok, black eagle, peregrine falcon and cape vulture.[20

Waterberg National Park – Other Information

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