Research conducted on NamibRand aims to
directly benefit management of the Reserve and to contribute to the
national scientific knowledge base. The Reserve has recently
established the NamibRand Desert Research and Awareness Centre (NRAC).
This Centre provides support and guidance for local and international
researchers and assists research focusing on management issues. The
Centre has established partnerships with renowned local and
international research institutions and works in conjunction with the
Ministry of Environment and Tourism, feeding back into national
research. An interpretive/awareness centre is being developed as part
of the NRAC.
Desert Research and Awareness Centre welcomes visiting students
or researchers to Toekoms, a fully furnished, self-catering house that
is able to accommodate up to six scientists in three rooms in rustic
comfort with bathroom, kitchen, lounge and office / communication
facilities. (More people can be accommodated if needed.)
staying at the NRAC have access to their chosen study sites on the
NamibRand Nature Reserve for their research purposes as co-ordinated
with Reserve management. NamibRand and The
Gobabeb Training and Research Centre
have signed a partnership
agreement and researchers to NRAC benefit by this arrangement through
access to this internationally renowned institution. Gobabeb hosts
southern Africa's most extensive library on desert ecology.
information or enquiries, please contact the Environment and Research
Warden by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The NamibRand Nature Reserve in partnership with Raleigh International
and under the guidance of the Vulture Study Group of Namibia has
established a vulture hide and restaurant on the Reserve. This project
was made possible with funding from the Namibia Nature Foundation's
Swedish Local Environment Fund and was expertly constructed under the
supervision of Mr. Peter Bridgeford.
It is hoped
that the vulture hide and restaurant, where access to poison-free
carcasses is provided for the endangered Lapped-faced vultures in the
area, will not only contribute towards the conservation of these
vultures, but also provide an opportunity for researchers as well as
interested tourists to closely observe these birds.