Destination Info: NAMIBIA A-Z
Birds & Wildlife, Climate,
Cultures, Deserts & Landscapes,
Extraordinary Experiences, Environment, Geology, Health, History, Infrastructure,
Money Matters, Museums & Galleries, National Parks - Wildlife
Peace Parks, Nature Conservation,
Regions & Towns, Self-drive,
South Atlantic Ocean,
Southern African Neighbours, Sports,
World Heritage Sites and
It has never been easier to experience
the highlights of
Southern Africa while travelling through Namibia
and neighbouring countries!
Peace Parks - bridging national
borders, re-uniting eco-systems that were separated by them for more than a century, and
re-opening ancient game migration routes so that wildlife can
prosper and assist in the recovery of
devastated wilderness areas -, were only one man's dream, until the
In 2007, this dream turned into reality
for Namibia. The border posts with South Africa at the Mata Mata
Gate of the Kgalagadi National Park and at Sendelingsdrift on the
Gariep River in the heart of the Richtersveld
Trans-Frontier Park, were re-opened.
A third big project involving Namibia and Angola is aimed at the
protection of the Namib Desert to the north and south of the Kunene
River and well underway. Further steps towards growing the size of
these nature conservation areas and creating save "corridors" for
migrating game through connected
Conservancies are in the pipeline.
scale of the Peace Park projects is almost beyond comprehension.
They are happening across the entire Southern African Region from
Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa all the way south to the Cape of
Good Hope. Taking in consideration that Namibia alone is almost equal in land
mass to Central Europe and that close to 20% of its surface are
protected areas, then adding only the three
neighbouring countries along the Trans Kalahari Highway and their famous huge
wildlife sanctuaries to the picture already provides a glimpse of
the mind-boggling extent of these undertakings.
In practical terms, the cross-border parks and game corridors mean that
tourists will be able in future to travel
on many different routes through interlinked nature conservation
areas from one Southern African country to the next.
communities living along those route, - many of them impoverished because of
their remote bush villages' lack of economic
development potential -, are to benefit from the business
opportunities created in the wake of such new developments and tourism activities.
We will report on
generation" cross-border tour
routes, as they become viable
options for visitors to Namibia.
Here are the first perfect examples:
is one of Southern Africa's
most dazzling decorative plants.
In Namibia, it only thrives in parks and
private gardens, and if protected from
the harsh sun and sufficiently watered.
Photo: I. Ohm