Namibia is an enormous country, and one with large tracts given over to national parks. This gives Namibia the impressive status of being the country with the highest ratio of animals to humans in the world: In short, Namibia’s national parks are fantastic places to visit for safaris and wildlife watching. A word of warning – the distances between national parks can be huge, and very few roads are tarmacked. A 2WD will serve most of the year in most parts of the country, but rainy season will see even 4WDs struggling in some areas on a driving safari in Namibia. All national parks in Namibia are administered by the extremely efficient Namibia Wildlife Resorts.
Use the above map to locate national parks in Namibia. Click the safari icons to see more info about each national park and zoom and scroll the map for more details. Read overviews of each Namibia national park below.
Top National Parks in Namibia
Babwata National Park
Small national park in Caprivi Strip, unique in that it houses both a large animal population and a large human population.
Cape Cross Seal Reserve
More seals breed at Cape Cross that anywhere else in the world, so if you like seals you’re in for a treat.
Etosha National Park
A classic African national park – with excellent visitor facilities – housing the “big five” and much more in plains surrounding the huge central pan.
Fish River Canyon National Park
A rugged desert wilderness home to the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon – the world’s second largest canyon.
Khaudum National Park
Remote and wild national park hidden away in the Kavango Region is home to large elephant herds and packs of the endangered wild dogs. A visit here is not to be taken lightly.
Mamili National Park
Little visited .national park in Namibia’s northern Caprivi Strip, offering plenty of classic African wildlife a true wilderness experience.
Mudumu National Park
A riverine national park with undisturbed mopane forest, flood plains and swamps. Unsurprisingly, water-living creatures feature large – crocodiles, hippos, elephants, otters, turtles.
Namib Naukluft National Park
Namibia’s largest park, and one of the world’s oldest and most intensely studied deserts.
Skeleton Coast National Park
Take a drive through one of the world’s most inhospitable spots, with alien landscapes and ancient shipwrecks adding atmosphere.
Sperrgebiet National Park
Recently established desert national park on Namibia’s “forbidden coast”, home to ghost towns, Atlantic coast and hyenas.
Waterberg National Park
Rising 200m above the dry African savannah, the lush green Waterberg Plateau unique in terms of vegetation and geological makeup.
Whilst self drive safaris are a definite option in Namibia – given most national parks in the country allow this – there are still a number of quality safari tour companies in Namibia that you may want to speak to before arrival in the country.
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