With the declaration of the Dorob National Park (“Dorob” meaning dry land in the Topnaar language) on December 1, 2010, the total Namibian coast has been transformed into the eighth largest protected area in the world and the largest park in Africa.
The entire coastline, stretching 1570km from the mouth of the Kunene River in the north to the mouth of the Orange River in the south, has been declared a conservation area and covers an area of 10 754 million hectares.
It comprises four main terrestrial management areas: the Sperrgebiet National Park in the south, the Namib-Naukluft Park, the Skeleton Coast Park and the new Dorob National Park
This park has “a spectacular coastal dune belt, vast gravel plains, Namibia’s richest coastal area for birds, rich botanical diversity, and major ephemeral river systems and their river mouths.
The central coast line of 1,600 kilometres (990 mi), which includes the Dorob National Park, is an area of hyper arid desert. Some 75 species of birds’ flock to this coast, with nearly 1.6 million birds recorded on the coast. Bird Life International has therefore included the park under the category of Important Bird Area.
The Damara tern, (Sternula balaenarum), a species of tern in the family Sternidae, a breeding seabird which is endemic to Namibia is considered a flagship species of the coastal area, and is found in the park, although non-breeding individuals will migrate to the north in winter. Some of the lichen fields are also part of this protected environment.
- Coast: Fishing, Game Watching, Cruises etc
- Desert and dune landscapes
- Bird watching
Where to stay
There is an abundance of overnight establishments in the coastal towns like Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Henties Bay. The resorts Jakkalsputz, Mile 72 and Mile 108 are open since end of 2017. Mile 14 (Windpomp 14) is run bei Namibia Wildlife Resorts and Sun Karros