Guided private photo safaris and round trips
Welcome to my photo gallery page. Here you can find some photos of the most important and frequently encountered bird species, animals and trees in Namibia, as well as a few of my travel photos. Namibia's wealth of flora and fauna is very impressive with over 4000 seed plants native to Namibia and almost 17% are considered as endemic to the country. There are about 164 families of higher plants and of these 32 are represented only by one species. The most common trees number about 32, of which 15 are shown on this page. Not to be missed is the most famous "Welwitschia Mirabilis" plant, which also belongs to the endemic plants and is mainly found in the deserts.
Namibia has over 670 counted different bird species, of which one can see only about 350 in the Caprivi during summer time and somewhat less in the Etosha area. 90 of the bird species count as endemic for southern Africa and only 13 directly to Namibia. 15 of the birds found in southern Africa are shown here.
In the mammalian area, Namibia has about 217 species, of which 26 are native to Namibia. Unfortunately, from this number one species is critically endangered, four are at risk, five are vulnerable, and seven are almost threatened. Namibia's authorities are doing everything they can to prevent the senseless poaching from our critically endangered rhinos.
However, it is nice to know that on our safari tours we are able to see everything displayed on this page, although sometimes we need a bit of luck.
Mammals in Namibia
Trees in Namibia
There are a lot more interesting facts about Namibia's varied Flora and Fauna, as well as some information on some interesting regions one can visit for an exciting Namibian photo safari. The Namibian coastline along the very cold Atlantic Ocean is a remarkable area for people to visit who are 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 fog-dependent lichens and vegetation, succulent flora, reptiles etc. Although I am not an expert in this related field, I am always trying my best to learn more each time I take my clients to our beautiful coast. These are some interesting facts, as researched and documented by the Namibia Coast Conservation Management. A total of 205 seaweed species has been collected in Namibian waters.
- Over 400 plant species occur in the Central Namib making up to 10% of the flora of the country, the Northern Namib supports approximately 100 to 200 plant species and the Southern Namib is home to well over 600 species of plants (a global biodiversity hotspot).
- About 410 species of bony fish and 83 species of cartilaginous fish are thought to occur in Namibian waters. 91 species and 30 species respectively have been recorded in depths of less than 30m.
- Of the 8 species of sea turtles worldwide, 5 occur in Namibia. Most are considered endangered and are protected under the Sea Fisheries Act and international agreement.
- Of the 62 species of seabirds recorded in Namibian waters, 20 are only rare vagrants. 12 species breed along the Namibian coast in particular on offshore islands and man-made platfoms. These include the endangered African Penguin, African Black Oystercatcher and the rare breeding endemic Damara Tern.
- Marine Mammals represented in Namibian waters include cetaceans and seals. Of the 11 species of baleen whales worldwide, 8 occur off Namibia, while 23 species of dolphins and toothed whales can be found.
Namibia has a total of 14 regions or main provinces covering a total area of 825,615 km² with a current population (2017) of an estimated 2,573815 million people. Four of the regions, which are well worth visiting for a photo safari are my favourite region Kunene named after the perennial Kunene River, which borders the north-western part of the region. The mouth of the Kunene is an important wetland. The entire coast is part of the Skeleton Coast Park that stretches from the Kunene to the Ugab River. Kunene region borders the Erongo region in the South and is named after the Erongo Mountain. The Erongo Region, with a strong, though seasonal tourism industry and a major harbour that is also Namibia’s largest one, is the only region that is experiencing significant economic growth in the coastal regions. The regional economy is propelled by fishing, mining, agriculture and tourism. 63% of the population in the region is urbanized. Walvis Bay is one of the main centres for industrial development on the coast of Namibia whereas Swakopmund and, to a lesser extent, Henties Bay are major tourism centers. The Hardap region again borders the Erongo region and is named after the Hardap Dam, which provides water for Namibia’s largest irrigation scheme, crop production and human consumption. Agriculture is the major economic activity. The coastal areas comprise some of the harshest parts of the Namib Desert, namely the red dune sea that consists of shifting sands running straight into the sea. Having no significant rocky shore, lacking fresh water, and possessing no infrastructure, this coastal area’s greatest value lies in its wilderness. The Hardap’s coastal areas have brought little or no income to the region, often leading to expressions of frustration by leaders compelled 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 the Fish River Canyon a paradise for photo safari enthusiasts. The region is diverse in terms of economic activities, consisting of mining, agriculture, fisheries and tourism. The restricted diamond mining area of the Sperrgebiet has acted as a barrier between the people and their coast. The Sperrgebiet contains the Succulent Karoo, making it part of the richest desert in the world in terms of biological diversity. It also contains important wetlands such as the Orange River Mouth and, along the coast, rock lobster fishing, cetacean breeding sites and several islands as seabird breeding sites. Lüderitz is the second important fishing port and center for industrial development on the coast.
I trust this page contains valuable and interesting information evoking a desire in anyone to go on a Namibia Photo Safari with me.