A popular safari destination famous for its magnificent landscapes, endless space and phenomenal photography opportunities, Namibia is home to a wonderful abundance of wildlife and plant species, a number of which are endemic to the country.
Home to an incredible array of African wildlife and a massive variety of plants, reptiles, fish and birds, Namibia is found in the south-western reaches of southern Africa between the Namib and the Kalahari Deserts.
Spanning across over 825 000km2 (318 000 square miles), Namibia has 26 national parks and game reserves where a majority of the wildlife are found.
Etosha is the largest safari park in the country and is a popular destination for tourists seeking sightings of some of Namibia's phenomenal wildlife. A seemingly harsh and unwelcoming landscape, nowhere else on earth is such variety of species found. The other two main areas for game viewing include the Waterberg Plateau and the Cape Cross Reserve.
There are 8 endemic species of mammals in Namibia. An endemic species is a species that can live its entire life in one specific area.
This indicated the complexity of the land as it is able to supply everything an animal needs from the moment it is born, throughout its live, while it gives birth and then eventually as it dies. These 8 endemic animals include the Black Faced Impala, several mice, gerbils and bats.
There are also a number of endangered species found in Namibia including Wild Dog, Puku (an antelope found in the Chobe River and Linyati marches area on the border of Namibia and Botswana), Oribi and Black Rhino. There are only 100 animals or less of some of these animals found in the world today and many of them are found in Namibia.
Antelope are a regular sighting across the savannah plains with over 20 different species being found here including Eland, Gemsbok, Springbok and the small Damaradik-dik.
Etosha is home to some 300 Black Rhino and the Waterberg Plateau is dedicated to the conservation and breeding of rare species such as the Tsessebe, Roan and Sable antelope. Namibia also lays claim to being home to the largest population of Cheetah not contained in National Parks in the whole of southern Africa.
by Katie Edge