Namib-Naukluft Park The Namib-Naukluft Park is Namibia's largest nature reserve, about 50.000 sqkms in size. It includes a 100 to 150 km broad belt of land stretching along the coastline from the Swakop valley in the north to the road B4 to Luederitz in the south. Most parts of this enormous area are not accessible to visitors. One can only visit a small stretch north of the Kuiseb river, the Naukluft Mountains and the Sossusvlei in the central Namib dune fields.
The northern part between Swakop and Kuiseb is called the Namib Section. From Swakopmund, one can drive through the park on the C28. The C14 also leads from Walvis Bay through the Namib Naukluft Park and provides stunning vistas, landscapes with huge mountain massifs and gravel plains covered in desert ink. After passing the sandy riverbed of the Kuiseb, you exit the park.
From there the road climbs steeply up to the Kuiseb Pass and then branches out. To the left the C26 goes to the Gamsberg Pass and further to Windhoek, or turn right on to the C14 to Solitaire and from there on the C19 to Sesriem or straight ahead into the Naukluft mountains. Both destinations are situated in the Namib Naukluft Park. The landscapes in the entire region are overwhelmingly beautiful.
The Naukluft Mountains with its rugged rock massifs and deep valleys rises about 1000 metres above the surrounding plains. The highest elevation reaches 1949 metres. The mountains are a paradise for hikers with strenuous as well as easy hiking trails. The park entrance to the Naukluft Section lies on the D854, which comes off the C14 just before the Buellsport farm.
Photo: Oryx Antelope at Sossusvlei