Recognizing that political boundaries have no place in ecological systems, Namibia signed a treaty on 1st August 2003 with neighboring South Africa to form the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. As a result of the union, the park protects a vast area that crosses the South African border, and encompasses one of the richest botanical hot spots in the world, the Succulent Karoo Biome.
Visitors to this magical part of Namibia can now experience the wilderness on a scale previously unimaginable. Standing at the edge of the largest natural gorge in Africa, and the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon, is simply breathtaking, as are the dramatic views from Hell's Corner, where one can only try to imagine the dramatic natural forces that shaped that very canyon millions of years ago.
History was made on Thursday, March 15, 2012 when government Ministers from Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe met to put their official seal on a cross-border treaty set to combine 36 nature preserves and surrounding areas. Known as KAZA, the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Park, the park represents the world's largest international conservation area in an effort to protect nearly half of the continent's elephants and a vast range of animals, birds and plants, many endangered by poaching and human encroachment. The World Wildlife Fund said the countries will cooperate on measures to allow animals to roam freely across their borders over 170,000 square miles (440,000 square kilometers), an area almost the size of Sweden.
KAZA is a tourist’s dream, encompassing 36 game reserves and management areas, national parks and community conservancies. It boasts remarkable diversity in animal, bird and plant life. The area features woodlands and wetlands, around 3,000 species of plants, and over 500 species of birds. Those visiting the area for thrills and spills can choose from extreme sports such as white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, 4x4 and horseback riding trails, hiking, fishing, birding, microlighting, ballooning, elephant safaris, and a host of other activities.
So find a suitable tour for you and start planning your adventure!