June 4, 2012

National Parks of Namibia – A diverse suite of alternative breaks for travellers

From the icy waters of the Atlantic to the swamps of the Caprivi, shimmering white fortresses to extraordinary plants, the sweeping landscapes, magnificent game viewing and […]
July 13, 2012

Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park – Namib-Naukluft Park: One of Namibia’s grandest and most complex parks

By Hugh Paxton, Environmental Journalist The Namib-Naukluft is not only Namibia’s largest park (49 768 km2), but is currently also the second-largest protected area in Africa. […]
July 18, 2012

Exploring the Naukluft on foot – Maps and Facts

By Sven-Eric Kanzler A steep rock face broken by the odd ledge towers above our heads. Despite the iron chain it is not easy to make […]
July 27, 2012

Tok Tokkie Trails – Soul-awakening desert hiking

Text Marita van Rooyen “There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country.  A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it […]
August 28, 2012

Koedoesrus-In the Naukluft Mountains

by Ron Swilling A scenic, winding mountain road leads through the grassy valleys of the Naukluft mountains. Small sturdy shepherd’s trees, some heavily laden with sociable-weaver […]
August 31, 2012

Namib-Naukluft Hiking Trail – tackling one of Africa’s toughest hiking trails

by Karen Watkins The eight-day, 120-kilometre (74.5-mile) Naukluft hiking trail is regarded as one of Africa’s toughest. I went along to find out why. Our first […]
September 3, 2012

Namib-Naukluft Park

A desert realm that welcomes you to enter by Hu Berry Ask Nama-speaking people, whose ancestry stems from the desert, what the word ‘Namib’ means and […]
September 3, 2012

National Parks of Namibia

A diverse suite of alternative breaks for travellers by Linda Baker With a number of world-class attractions, from the second-largest canyon to the tallest dunes to […]
November 30, 2012

Namibia’s spectacular South

Text ©Sharri Whiting De Masi – Re-printed with permission of the author The Namibian experience is not just about amazing wildlife or incredible vistas. It’s also about […]
May 22, 2013

At play in the Namib-Naukluft

At play in the fields of the Lord Text and photos by Ron Swilling A whole new vocabulary – words to describe supreme beauty – is […]
June 21, 2013

Namib Sand Sea declared World Heritage Site

It’s official. Bated breath turned to utter relief in the early morning hours of Friday, 21 June, when it was announced that the Namib Sand Sea […]
August 19, 2013

Hiking and backpacking in Namibia

Namibia offers a wide variety of walks, overnight hiking trails and guided wilderness trails for those wanting to explore the countryside on foot. Keep in mind […]
August 20, 2018

The 4 Best Hiking Trails for Amateurs in Namibia

Namibia has some of the most diverse landscapes. Go figure since the country covers more than 825,000km. The best way to marvel at it all is by lacing up your boots and hiking your way over the mountains and through the dry river beds.
March 7, 2023

Checklist: Namib-Naukluft National Park

Wildlife Delight: Your Comprehensive Checklist for Namib-Naukluft National Park's Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, Insects, and Scorpions. Uncover the park's rich biodiversity, must-see species, and best viewing areas. Prepare for an extraordinary safari experience amidst stunning desert landscapes.

Checklist: Namib-Naukluft National Park

Visiting the Namib-Naukluft National Park? Here is a list of animals you can spot during your stay. See if you can tick them all.

From the Autumn 2023 issue

Side-winding adder
Side-winding adder


  • Namaqua Chameleon (Chamaeleo namaquensis) 
  • Namib Giant Ground Gecko (Chondrodactylus angulifer)
  • Barnard’s Namib Day Gecko (Rhoptropus barnardi)
  • Common Namib Day Gecko (Rhoptropus afer) 
  • Common Barking Gecko (Ptenopus garrulus) 
  • Namib Sand Gecko (Pachydactylus rangei) 
  • Horned Adder (Bitis caudalis) 
  • Namib Sand Snake (Psammophis namibensis) 
  • Side-winding adder, Namib dwarf sand-adder (Bitis peringueyi)
Dune Lark
Dune Lark


  • Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
  • Pale Chanting-Goshawk (Melierax canorus) 
  • Dune Lark (Calendulauda erythrochlamys) 
  • Gray’s Lark (Ammomanopsis grayi) 
  • Stark’s lark (Spizocorys starki)
  • Rüppell’s Korhaan (Eupodotis rueppellii)
  • Ludwig’s bustard (Neotis ludwigii)
  • Sociable weaver (Philetairus socius)
  • Barn owl (Tyto alba)
  • Black-shouldered kite (Elanus axillaris)


  • Black-backed Jackal (Lupulella mesomelas) 
  • Cape Fox (Vulpes chama) 
  • Bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis)
  • Aardwolf (Proteles cristata)
  • Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)
  • Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) 
  • Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)
  • Gemsbok (Oryx gazella)
  • Cape hare (Lepus capensis)
  • Namib brush-tailed gerbil (Gerbillurus setzeri) 
  • Namib dune gerbil (Gerbillurus tytonis)


  • Leucorchestris arenicola
  • Black Hairy Thick-tailed Scorpion (Parabuthus villosus)
Narra Toktokkie


  • Namib Desert Dune Ant (Camponotus detritus) 
  • Narra Toktokkie (Onymacris plana) 
  • Fog-stand Beetle (Stenocara gracilipes) 

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