Namibia’s enthralling desert landscapes may exude an unmerciful harshness, but they are rich in wildlife and now shelter growing or stable populations of Africa’s most iconic safari species.
Given numbers of these vulnerable or endangered animals – elephants, cheetahs, black and white rhinoceros and lions – are plummeting elsewhere on the continent, this is an even greater achievement.
The moderate climate, fertile soil and minerals found on the land and in the waters of Indonesia make the archipelago an ideal habitat for a large amount of incredible flora and fauna. Indonesia is divided by the “Wallace Line” - an imaginary line between Bali and Lombok, continuing north between Kalimantan and Sulawesi.
Any vegetation or wildlife found to the west of the line is traditionally Asian in nature while anything to the east is similar to that found in Australia.
Located in southern Africa on the Atlantic Ocean, Namibia consists of 200 million acres of ocean shores, woodland savannas, lush floodplains and picturesque deserts. It is a relatively new country, having achieved its independence in 1990.
Namibia was the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution, and the government gave people living in communal areas the opportunity to manage their natural resources through the creation of communal conservancies.
These conservancies – as well as governments, nonprofit organizations and other entities – have restored populations of lions, cheetahs, black rhinos, zebras and other native wildlife to the world’s richest dry land. Through initiatives, such as ecotourism, restoration has generated sustainable income for their communities.