10 reasons to explore Namibia’s communal conservancies

Culture
Namibia’s communal conservancies are home to dozens of indigenous Namibian groups, from the San to the Ovambo, the Himba to the Damara; these cultures are evolving and alive and their members are an integral part of conservancies
Conservation
Namibia’s conservancy movement has allowed for the expansion in range and in numbers of significant wildlife populations, including the largest free-roaming population of black rhinos left on the planet, the long free-roaming population of lions and one of Africa’s largest populations of elephant.
Space
Mountains, dunes, dry riverbeds and rivers running wild, Namibia’s communal conservancies offer visitors the chance to lose and find themselves. Namibia’s communal conservancies cover 20% of the land in the country and provide access to some of the most spectacular places in the world.
Cross-border commitments
In the northern part of the country, Namibia’s communal conservancies are an important part of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Park (KaZa), an area larger than Germany and Austria combined, which links spectacular parks and protected areas in Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Photographer’s dream
The wildlife, landscapes and people of unique cultures that are found in Namibia’s communal conservancies provide endless opportunities for keen amateur and professional photographers to take stunning photographs.
Birder's paradise
From the rare endemic birds, such as Cinderella Waxbill, found in northwestern Namibia to a plethora of more than 350 species of birds found in the conservancies in the Zambezi region, Namibia’s communal conservancies will have birders twitching all over!
The Road Less Traveled
The highways lead to by-ways which lead to countless side tracks, these roads less traveled are just waiting for the intrepid traveler to explore.
Art etched in the rocks
History is etched in the rocks at many sites in Namibia’s communal conservancies, including Namibia’s first World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein with more than 2,000 rock engravings, making it one of the richest rock art sites in Africa, and Brandberg, home to the White Lady rock painting on Namibia’s highest point.
Wet and dry
Namibia’s communal conservancies span the extremes of the country, from the lush, flowing rivers of the north, including one of only two perennial rivers in Namibia, the Kunene, to the harsh, dry and fabulous stark landscape of conservancies in western Namibia where dry riverbeds incise the landscape and provide habitat for desert dwelling wildlife and hardy people.
Partnerships for the future
Namibia’s communal conservancies are home to over 50 joint venture partnerships in tourism, where private sector and conservancies have joined together to create lodges that offer exceptional experiences for guests and a tangible stake in the future for conservancies' members
Written by Ginger Mauney