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Dorob National Park........

DOROB NATIONAL PARK maps Angling Routes 4x4 Routes Official Launch 16/04/2011 Proclamation Dec 2010

The previously Namibia National West Coast Recreation Area is on 1st December 2010 proclaimed as the Dorob National Park and includes the area between the Namib Naukluft Park, south of Walvis Bay to the Skeleton Coast park, north of the Ugab River.


Angling Routes
(no permit needed to drive on these routes)

In order to prevent indiscriminate driving over the gravel plans, lichens and Damara Tern breeding grounds a number of routes were identified at the end of 2011 that was approved by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism as part of the infrastructure in the Dorob National Park.

These routes were graded and although some of them were already signposted in 2006 all of them will be signposted during 2012 and clearly marked from the beach side, something that still poses a problem at this stage as anglers do not always find the graded routes coming form the beach.

A satellite image angling map with all the routes and angling spots indicated with GPS coordinates is for sale at the Henties Bay Tourism Centre.

A violation of the rules of the Dorob Park is subjected to heavy penalties - so please make sure that you have the correct information and stick to the rules.



The following routes are approved south of the C34 - Route maps and info books must be obtained from the Henties Bay Tourism Office:

Omaruru River 4x4 Route
Messum Crater 4x4 Route
Minerals 4x4 Route
Ugab menhir 4x4 Route
(Brandberg-West route is on an existing proclaimed road, the D2303.)

Official Launch:  16 April 2011

The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Honourable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah will officially launch the Dorob National Park on Saturday, 16 April at Dune 7 at the coast.

Last week was the inception meeting of the Park Consultative Forum, represented by all Municipalities, government and para-statal bodies, tourism and other businesses who will function in the Dorob Park. 

This forum will meet at lease four times a year and will play an advisory role, consulting with key stake-holders and building an all-inclusive approach towards park management and development.  Its main purpose is to track progress towards objectives, solving problems and capitalizing on opportunities that may arise.

The regulations for the management of the Park is in its final stages of approval and will be made public soon.

Click here for the Draft Regulations


 Office of the Permanent Secretary


 The Namibian Coast is placed under total conservation

 With the declaration of the Dorob National Park on 1 December 2010 the last piece of the puzzle has finally been laid into place, thus converting the total Namibian coast into the eighth largest protected area in the world and the largest park in Africa – called the Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park.

 The fact that the Government of the Republic of Namibia declared this last section of the Namibian coastline as a national park during 2010, being the International Year of Biodiversity, underlines the country’s role and commitment towards global, regional and national conservation and sustainable development.

 The Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park stretches along the total length of the Namibian coastline of 1 570 km, covering an area of 10 754 million hectares or 107 540 km2. It comprises four main terrestrial Management Areas, the Sperrgebiet National Park in the south, the Namib-Naukluft Park, the Skeleton Coast Park and now the Dorob National Park. At its narrowest the park extends about 25 km inland and at its widest in the Namib Naukluft Park reaches about 180 km inland.

 The proclamation of this protected area represents one of Namibia’s greatest conservation achievements since its Independence in 1990, and one of the most significant developments in the history of conservation in this country.  The park will also not exist in isolation as it borders on the Richtersveld in South Africa, the Iona National Park in Angola and various communal conservancies inland.

 Gazetting of Dorob National Park

 According the Notice No. 266 in the Government Gazette of the Republic of Namibia of 1 December 2010, the Dorob National Park was declared as a game park in terms of section 14 (2) of the Nature Conservation Ordinance, 1975 (Ordinance No. 4 of 1975).

 The Ministry, through the Namibian Coast Conservation Management Project (NACOMA) had consultations with various stakeholders in the Erongo Region to come up with an appropriate name for the park.  The Topnaar Traditional Authority proposed the name Dorob National Park, which was acceptable to all stakeholders.  Dorob means dry land.  According to the oral history of the desert people in the 16th century, the area between Lüderitz and Walvis Bay and up to the Kunene River was known as Doro-IHub or Dry Land.

 The central coast is one of Namibia’s most important tourist and holiday destinations. Some visitors to the coast still have a perception that the entire central area of the coast is available for off-road vehicle recreation. 

 Although numerous areas were specifically zoned for off-road driving under this Ordinance, people still chose to use vehicles outside of these areas. Information brochures that provided guidance on the areas that could be utilized by off-road driving enthusiasts were continuously disseminated over the last 5 years, particularly over holidays.  However, these materials were widely ignored resulting in immense destruction to the environment.

 Under section 95(l) of the Namibian Constitution, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has the obligation to maintain “ecosystems, essential ecological processes and biological diversity of Namibia and utilization of living natural resources on a sustainable basis for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future.”  In order to begin restoration of the coastal environment and its biological diversity, Cabinet decided to declare and gazette the central Namibian coast as Dorob National Park.

 The Dorob National Park extends southwards from the Ugab River to where it intersects the northern boundary of the Namib Naukluft Park. Its western boundary is determined by the low water mark intersecting the Atlantic Ocean and its eastern border runs along the eastern boundary of the old National West Coast Tourist Recreation Area and the Walvis Bay Magisterial District boundary. It excludes all towns, railways, major, minor and district roads and their reserves and privately owned land.

 Implications of gazetting of the Dorob National Park

The Nature Conservation Ordinance 4 of 1975 was promulgated in order to serve as a legal framework for nature conservation in Namibia, including park management. This ordinance is applicable to all parks of Namibia, including the newly gazetted Dorob National Park.  The enforcement of this Act is facilitated by a set of generic regulations, which will be implemented to ensure sound management of the Dorob National Park until the specific draft regulations for the Dorob National Park are gazetted.

 Joint staff from the local authorities, NAMPOL and MFMR worked together with MET officers in a combined law enforcement/ crime prevention effort. The results were a much quieter season especially around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. MET staff issued 145 fines on the Erongo coast, MFMR and NAMPOL also issued many fines. It is clear that regulations need to be finalized, a park budget approved and an office in Henties Bay may be necessary.  Similarly, the MET is looking forward to implementation of the Environmental Management Act and the Protected Area and Wildlife Management Acts. We urge our officers to be courteous and firm and give guidance and advice to the general public.

 Dr. K Shangula                                                           January 18, 2011, Windhoek


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