Namib Naukluft NP

Namib Naukluft NP

‘Namib' means open space and the Namib Desert gave its name to form Namibia – "land of open spaces". The Namib Naukluft Park was established in 1907 when the German Colonial Administration proclaimed the area between the Swakop River and the Kuiseb River a game reserve. The park's present boundaries were established in 1978 by the merging of the Namib Desert Park, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park and parts of Diamond Area 1 and some other bits of surrounding government land.

The park has some of the most unusual wildlife and nature reserves in the world, and covers an area of 49,768 km2(19,216 sq mi). It's an area larger than Switzerland (41,285 km2 . The region is characterised by high, isolated inselbergs and kopjes (the Afrikaans term for rocky outcrops), made up of dramatic blood red granites, rich in feldspars and sandstone. The easternmost part of the park covers the Naukluft Mountains.

There are quite a few campsites in the area between the B2 road (Swakopmund – Windhoek) and the C14 (Walvis Bay – Solitaire). For lovers of wide open spaces and the peace and quiet of a desert night, this is an ideal break-away.

All sites are dry sites and visitors must be fully self sufficient. There is a good road network and many of the sites can be reached with a 2 x 4 vehicle. However, for some like the track to the Rock Arch a 4 x 4 is needed. Nothing technical, but there are some rocky and some sandy parts. Please ensure that you take enough water with you even on a short afternoon drive.

Some sites do have a pit toilet, a braai area and dustbins, but best is to take out what you took in. That way we can Keep our desert clean. All sites are unmanned and camping are on first come, first serve basis

Before entering the park you must obtain a permit.

If you are traveling on the main road through the Namib-Naukluft Park, no permit is required. However, to enter some areas of this (e.g. Welwitschia Drive, Sandwich Harbour and other parts of the Namib-Naukluft Park) you need to obtain beforehand from the Ministry of Envrionment and Tourism. In Swakopmund, the MET offices are at the corner of Bismarck St & Sam Nujoma Avenue. Tel 064 404 576 There are also office in Windhoek and Sesriem.

Office hours are Weekdays: 08:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00

Week-ends and public holidays : 08:00 – 13:00

In Windhoek - MET office Troskie Building, Uhland Sreet
In Sesriem -MET DRSPM Office issues permits only for the Namib-Naukluft-Park

Park fees(April 2018): Entrance fee: N$ 30.00pp. Car: N$ 10.00 Camping N$ 80.00 (Up to 4 people)