The Iona National Park, located about 200 kilometers from Namibe, was an animal paradise, rich in big game. Unfortunately the fauna has been reduced as a result of illegal hunting and poaching. Efforts are now underway to replace some of Iona’s lost wildlife. The ‘big five’ of Iona now include: Springbok (Gazelle), Kudu, Ostrich, Oryx and presumably cheetah. The landscape is empty, although hordes of animals (especially Springbok) can still be found inside and outside the park.
At the Namibian border, the river Cunene provides a wonderful setting for camping and the Foz du Cunene and the Baia dos Tigres is said to be worth a trip.