Only a couple of hours’ drive northwest of Windhoek, the splendid rounded summits of the Erongo Mountains loom out of the landscape, a draw for hikers and those interested in San rock art. The eroded remains of a volcanic magma chamber that collapsed around 110 million years ago, the Erongos comprise vast granite domes – the highest ones in the west topping 2200m – and collections of boulders weathered into fascinating formations, which glow in the late afternoon light. With the Namib Desert to the west, and semi-arid savannah to the east, they lie in an important transition zone and therefore host an impressive diversity of plant and animal life, including almost two hundred bird species. In addition to kudu, mountain zebra, klipspringer, steenbok and dik-dik, keep a look out for the rare black-faced impala and black mongoose as well as the chattering rosy-faced lovebirds or the quieter Rüppell’s parrots. Black rhino have also been reintroduced in recent years.

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