20 January 2011

Namibia protects its entire coastline as one National Park

With the declaration of the Dorob National Park on 01 Dec 2010, Namibia became the first continental country to have its entire coastline (with the exception of town lands) protected as a conservation area. The Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park stretches from the mouth of the Kunene River in the north to the mouth of the Orange River in the south, along the total length of the Namibian coastline of 1570 km. The National Park is the 8th largest protected area in the world, the 6th largest terrestrial protected area, and the largest park in Africa, covering an area of 107,540 km².
The park comprises four main terrestrial management areas:
The name Dorob National Park derives from the word "Doro-!Hub", meaning "Dry Land". According to oral history this was the name the area between L├╝deritz and Walvis Bay and up to the Kunene River during the 16th century.


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INFO - the areas around & to the north of Swakopmund now require permits to visit. If you intend to stop and explore the environment along the C34 coastal road, a permit is required. These are inexpensive and can be obtained easily in the coastal towns. If you intend just to drive the C34 without stopping, no permit is required.

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