National Parks

Hardap Recreation Resort

Hardap Recreation Resort

Situated on a large dam, Hardap is well known as an angling, and accommodates one of Namibia’s most strategic great-white-pelican breeding colonies.

Location: 24 km north-west of Mariental in central Namibia

Natural features: Dominated by the Hardap Dam, the Fish and the Groot Komatsas rivers. Open savannah with mountainous areas such as the Gemsbok Plateau.

Vegetation: Nama Karoo Biome. Vegetation type: Dwarf Shrubland. Shepherd’s tree (Boscia albitrunca), camel-thorn (Acacia erioloba), green-hair tree (Parkinsonia africana) and buffalo-thorn (Ziziphus mucronata).

Wildlife: Black rhino, kudu, gemsbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, springbok, red hartebeest. The 284 bird species recorded here include the great white pelican, yellow-billed stork, osprey, Bradfield’s swift and Stark’s lark.

Tourism: Fresh-water angling. Water sports and boating, 9-km and 15-km hiking trails. Game drives. Bird-watching. Rest camp with bungalows and caravan park. Restaurant and shop. Aquarium. Angling permits obtained at camp office.