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NAMIBIA WILDLIFE RESORTS
Ai / Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
Etosha National Park
Namib Naukluft Park
Skeleton Coast Park
Waterberg Plateau Park

Ai / Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
In the heart of two age old desert, the Nama Karoo and the Succulent Karoo; and separated by the Orange River lie two enormously beautiful parks – the Ai / Ais Hot Springs Park on the Namibian side and the Richtersveld National Park on the South African side. The areas in question boast the world’s richest range of desert flora, and international diamond-carrying river, the second largest canyon in the world and desolate landscapes – perfectly designed by nature over millions of year, where one finds succulent plant species and desert adapted wildlife.

In light of the hauntingly beautiful and rugged but yet fragile nature of these landscapes that spread over two biomes, a treaty was signed in 2003 between the Namibian and South African governments to connect the Ai / Ais and Richtersveld National Parks and form a transfrontier park.

Joint management of the park by the South African and Namibian authorities ensures that the parks are not managed as islands but as integrated conservation landscapes, an ideology that ensures the survival of the plant and wildlife diversity in the area.
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Etosha National Park
The Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s most spectacular wildlife reserves. Proclaimed in 2007, the park is also one of the oldest in Namibia and its size, conservation history and uniqueness justifies its title as the country’s flagship conservation area. The massive mineral pan, covering an area of approximately 4 500 km2, or about 20% of the surface of the Park, gave rise to the name Etosha – which means “Great White Place”. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River, but with the change in river the course of the river, over thousands of years, the lake dried up and is now a large dusty depression that only temporarily fills or partially fills with water during the rainy season. During these times, the pan attracts pelicans and flamingos in impressive numbers, and a wide variety of other wading birds. The perennial spring along the edge of the Etosha Pan attract and sustain large concentrations of wildlife and birds.

Etosha is one of the largest savannah conservation areas in Africa, and is world renowned for its spectacular wildlife viewing. Visitors can expect to see elephant, lion, white and black rhinoceros, leopards, cheetah, large herds of springbok, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and a multitude of other fascinating species, big and small, interacting in their natural environment.

The three classic camps inside Etosha are Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni. The two relative new camps that form part of the eco-collection are Onkoshi Camp, first opened in 2008; and Dolomite Camp – the first lodge inside western Etosha.
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Namib Naukluft Park
The Namib Naukluft Park is the fourth largest park in Africa and is situated on the south-western coast of Namibia, containing the Naukluft Mountains and the southern Namib Desert. Within the confines of wind driven and star shaped red dunes of some 325 metres in some places, lies a clay pan called Sossusvlei. This area has over the years become a top travel destination for visitors and the monumental dunes are a sought after topic for photographers and artists. Formed by strong multi-directional winds, the dunes are at their highest and most spectacular where the west flowing Tsauchab River empties itself into the vlei. The warm tints of the sand, ranging from apricot to orange, red and maroon, contrast vividly with the dazzling white surfaces of the large deflationary clay pans at their base. One of these, referred to as Dead Pan or Vlei, is a large ghostly expanse of dried white clay, punctuated by skeletons of ancient camel-thorn trees, carbon-dated as being between 500 and 600 years old.
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Skeleton Coast Park
Cowering about a third of Namibia’s coastline, the legendary Skeleton Coast Park stretches 500km from the Ugab River in the south, to the Kunene River in the north. The attraction of the remote Skeleton Coast Park lies essentially in the colour, changing moods and untouched profile of its landscape. Its aura of impenetrability and mystery is due to the many shipwrecks, dense coast fogs and cool sea breeze caused by the cold Benguela Current.

The landscape in the park ranges from sweeping vistas of windswept dunes to rugged canyons with walls of richly coloured volcanic rock and extensive mountain ranges. On their slopes grow a surprising variety of interesting xerophytic plants, whose survival is ensured by a wide spectrum of ingenious adaptations. Over a hundred species of lichen grow on the plains and the west facing mountain slopes, which change colour and become soft and leathery to the touch when the coastal fog pushes inland. The cold Benguela Current that sweeps along Namibia’s coastline supports some of the highest concentrations of marine life found anywhere in the world. It also played a crucial role in the formation of the world’s oldest desert, the Namib.
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Waterberg Plateau Park
Elevating high above the plains of central Namibia, Waterberg Plateau Park is a particularly prominent location. The plateau is ecologically diverse and rich, and has over 200 different species of bird with some rare species of small antelope on the lower hills of the mountain. Geologically, the oldest rock stratum is over 850 million years old and dinosaurs tracks were left there some 200 million years ago.

Waterberg Camp
Waterberg Camp nestles along the base of the cliffs of the Waterberg Plateau, inside the Waterberg Plateau National Park. It towers some 200 metres above the surrounding landscape, and the plateau with its sheer cliffs and fascinating rock formations serves as a breeding area for endangered animals species.
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