Overview – Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet)

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.

The Tsau //Khaeb National Park (formerly Sperrgebiet NP) is a former diamond mining site. It is the most biodiverse region in Namibia with a remarkably wealth of flora, especially succulents. Most of the park can only be visited with certain tour operators and special permits are required. The exception is Kolmanskop (ghost town and relic of the diamond era) and Agate Beach.

Best Time to Go May to October (It is cooler)
High Season July to November (Lüderitz gets busy)
Size 22,000km² / 8,494mi²
Altitude 0-1,488m / 0-4,882ft

Pros & Cons

  • Biodiversity hotspot with great botanical interest
  • Easy daytrip from the town of Lüderitz
  • Interesting desert scenery
  • Most of the park can only be visited with special permits and through certain tour operators
  • Very few animals, both in variety and numbers

Tsau //Khaeb NP Safari Reviews

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Wildlife

Tsau //Khaeb isn’t really a wildlife destination, but some desert-adapted animals are present. You might be lucky to see a black-backed jackal trotting along, or a brown hyena skulking around at dawn or dusk. Gemsbok and springbok are the most common antelope. Marine wildlife includes heaviside's dolphin and southern right whale.

Scenery

The park consists of desert, grassland with granite mountains and rocky outcrops. The arid area is very stark and some parts resemble a moon landscape. The pristine Succulent Karoo ecosystem has the highest diversity of succulent flora in the world and is listed as one of the world’s top 34 biodiversity hotspots.

Weather & Climate

The weather of Tsau //Khaeb is governed by two seasons: winter (May to October) and summer (November to April). There is very little rain but a little can fall at any time.

Best Time to Visit

The cooler season (May to October) is the best time to visit Tsau //Khaeb. The summer months (November to April) tend to be very hot, but offer the most spectacular bird watching.

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Tsau //Khaeb NP Safari Reviews

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  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding
  • Wildlife
  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding
Most Helpful Expert Review
Tsau //Khaeb: Forbidden Frontiers
3/5

This vast tract of sand-dune wilderness in Namibia’s south (formerly Sperrgebiet NP) is one of Southern Africa’s great unknowns. Closed for decades and under the control of secretive diamond-mining interests, the region is now a park,...

Latest User Review
StefanHuber Reviewed: Apr 14, 2012
An unforgetable trip!
5/5

I can recommend Tsau //Khaeb National Park at any time.
It is worth to see it!
Amazing scenery and weather conditions.

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