Wildlife & Animals – Kaokoland

Anthony Ham
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By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Kaokoland is not, primarily, a wildlife destination. The very remote desert wilderness doesn’t support large populations of animals, but gemsbok, springbok and Hartmann's mountain zebra are scattered throughout the area. The Kunene River, which forms the border between Namibia and Angola, harbors many nile crocodiles as well as a few hippos.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantVery Rare
HippoVery Rare
ZebraRare
Black RhinoVery Rare
LionVery Rare
LeopardVery Rare
CheetahVery Rare
HyenaVery Rare

Wildlife Highlights

Although most visitors don’t come here to see wildlife, everybody hopes to catch a glimpse of the sought after desert elephant. They are, however, easier to track further south in the more accessible Damaraland region. The area is home to a wide variety of small reptiles including the endemic desert chameleon.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is hit-and-miss throughout the year. Therefore, Kaokoland is best visited in the cooler, temperate months of May through September.

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