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An interesting overview of what Namibia has to offer on a photo safari
Welcome to our Namibia photo safari page. Here you can find some photos of the most important and common bird species, animals and trees in this country, as well as a few of my travel photos. Namibia’s wealth of flora and fauna is very impressive with over 4000 seed plants that are native here and almost 17% are considered endemic to the country. There are about 164 families of higher plants, of which 32 are represented by only one species. The most common trees are around 32 in number, of which 15 are shown in photos here. Not to be forgotten is the most famous “Welwitschia Mirabilis” plant, which is also an endemic plant and is mainly found in desert areas.
Namibia has over 670 different bird species, of which only 350 can be seen at best in Caprivi during summer and a little less in the Etosha area. 90 of the bird species count as endemic to Southern Africa and only 13 directly to Namibia. 15 of the birds found in Southern Africa are shown here.
Namibia has around 217 species of mammals, of which only 26 are endemic. Unfortunately, one of these numbers is critically endangered, four are endangered, five are endangered and seven are almost endangered. The authorities are doing everything possible to prevent the senseless poaching of our critically endangered rhinos.
However, it is nice to know that on a Namibia photo safari we can still see everything that is shown on this page, sometimes with a little luck.
Birds in Namibia
Wildlife in Namibia
Trees in Namibia
There are many more interesting facts about Namibia’s diverse flora and fauna, as well as more information about some regions that can be visited for an interesting Namibia photo safari. The Namibian coastline along the very cold Atlantic Ocean is a remarkable area and worth visiting for people interested in exploring the amazing variety of bird, mammal and plant species. The Atlantic coast, offshore islands, coastal wetlands, coastal dunes and plains contain many endemic animals, breeding bird colonies, specialized mist-dependent lichen and vegetation, succulent flora, reptiles etc. Although I am not an expert in this area, I always try my best to learn more every time I take my clients to our beautiful coast. Here are some interesting facts that have been researched and documented by the Namibia Coast Conservation Management Team. A total of 205 algae species were collected in the Namibian waters.
Over 400 plant species are found in the central Namib, which make up to 10% of the country’s flora, the northern Namib supports around 100 to 200 plant species and the southern Namib is home to well over 600 plant species (a global biodiversity hotspot).
There are around 410 species of bony fish and 83 species of cartilaginous fish in Namibian waters. 91 species and 30 species were found at depths of less than 30 m.
Of the 8 species of sea turtles worldwide, 5 are found in Namibia. Most are considered endangered and are protected under the Sea Fish Law and the international agreement.
Of the 62 species of seabirds registered in Namibian waters, 20 are rare vagabonds. 12 species breed on the Namibian coast, especially on offshore islands and man-made platforms. These include the endangered African penguin, the African black oystercatcher and the rare species of endemic Damara Tern.
Marine mammals found in Namibian waters include whales and seals. Of the 11 species of blue whales worldwide, 8 come from Namibia, while 23 species of dolphins and toothed whales can be found.
Namibia has a total of 14 regions or main provinces with a total area of 825,615 km² with a current population (2017) of an estimated 2.573815 million people. Four of the regions worth visiting for a photo safari are my favorite region, Kunene, named after the ever-flowing Kunene River, which is located in the northwestern part of the region. The mouth of the Kunene is an important wetland. The entire coast is part of the Skeleton Coast Park, which stretches from Kunene to Ugab. The Kunene region borders the Erongo region in the south and is named after the Erongo mountain. The Erongo region, with a strong but seasonal tourism industry and Namibia’s largest port, is the only region to experience significant economic growth in the coastal regions. The regional economy is driven by fishing, mining, agriculture and tourism. ‘63% of the population in the region is urbanized. Walvis Bay is one of the most important centers for industrial development on the coast of Namibia, while Swakopmund and to a lesser extent Henties Bay are important tourist centers. The Hardap region again borders the Erongo region and is named after the Hardap Dam, which provides water for Namibia’s largest irrigation system, vegetable production and human consumption. Agriculture is the main economic activity. The coastal areas include some of the hardest parts of the Namib Desert, namely the red dune sea, which consists of constantly moving sand that runs straight into the sea. Without significant rocky shores, lack of fresh water and no infrastructure, the greatest value of these coastal areas lies in their wilderness. Hardap’s coastal areas have brought little or no income to the region, which has often brought expressions of frustration to traditional leaders who have been forced to find new livelihoods. Finally, we have the Karas region, which is named after the Karas Mountains. This region includes one of the most visited tourist attractions in Namibia the Fish River Canyon, which is a paradise for photo safari enthusiasts. This region is diverse in economic activity, consisting of mining, agriculture, fishing and tourism. The restricted diamond mining area of the restricted area acted as a barrier between people and their coast. The restricted area contains the succulent Karoo plants and is therefore part of the richest desert in the world in terms of biodiversity. It also contains important wetlands such as the Orange River Mouth and, along the coast, rock lobster fishing, whale breeding grounds and several islands as Seabirds Breeding places. Lüderitz is the second important fishing port and center for industrial development on the coast. I trust that this page contains valuable and interesting information, and thus arouses the interest in driving a Namibia photo safari with us.