Naukluft Mountains & Surrounds


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Hikers heaven in Namibia’s Naukluft Mountains


The Naukluft Mountains are a popular and oft-traversed range of mountains found south west of Windhoek. Composed of three main geological formations, these mountains rise from the arid surrounding escarpment; hiding secret histories, captivating wildlife and fascinating geography in their magnificent, undulating peaks and valleys.

Hiking is a popular pastime in Naukluft due to the abundance of trails that are scattered across the range. Visitors can enjoy short 4km trails while the hardened trekker may be more inclined to an 8-day hike. Four-wheel drive trails are sure to please petrol heads while beautiful rock pools provide the ideal place to spend a day lazing in the sun.

The range is popular for its abundance of wildlife including 50 mammal species such as Hartmann’s mountain zebra, the African wildcat, klipspringer and leopard. The mountain streams attract a myriad of birds to the region, and with over 193 species having been spotted - best you bring your binoculars! Stone artefacts and other implements from the Stone Age have provided evidence of human habitation, the last of whom left a painted record of the animals that called the mountains home. Various lodges and campsites offer accommodation in the area.

 

Highlights

  • Between Sesriem and Solitaire, south-west of Windhoek. The mountains are a good stopover en-route to Sossusvlei
  • Excellent hiking and 4x4 drive trails
  • Rare species of wildlife like the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and aardwolf
  • Interesting history starting with Stone Age societies to battles between the Germans and Witbooi Khoikhoi
  • Incredibly rich birdlife with over 193 species occupying various habitats throughout the range
  • Various lodge-style or campsite accommodation available in the area

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