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Background Information

Dorob National Park ("dry land"), is a protected area in Erongo, along the central Namibian coast, which is 1,600 kilometres and was proclaimed in 2010. The park extends from the Kuiseb Delta (south of Walvis Bay), north to the Ugab River, and west from the Atlantic Ocean to what was before the National West Coast Tourist Recreation Area. Some 75 species of birds flock to this coast, with nearly 1.6 million birds recorded on the coast.

Before the park was declared a national park, as part of the larger intent to create one continuous coastal protected area, it was called the Walvis Bay Nature Reserve under the Cape Department of Nature Conservation. After Namibia became an independent country, the reserve became a part of Namibian territory as part of the Walvis Bay enclave.

The Trans-Kalahari Highway passes through the park and there are several mining, fishing, and industrial towns located on this route.

The Dorob National Park is known as an angler’s paradise, with kabeljou, galjoen and steenbras being the most prized species. But it also contains a few surprises. Extensive lichen fields are found north of Wlotzkasbaken and Cape Cross, while the Messum Crater in the north contains San rock paintings and archaeological sites from Damara nomads. The wildlife spotting will not disappoint you. Species such as Springbok, black-backed jackal, Cape fur seal, brown hyaena, oryx, zebra amongst others. 270 bird species recorded here include Damara Tern, Ludwig’s Bustard, Rüppell’s Korhaan, African Black Oystercatcher and Gray’s Lark.

The Park can be visited throughout the year