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Namib Desert

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Description

Vast plains of sand swept silence await all who journey to the world’s oldest desert; a landscape believed to date as far back as 80 million years. It is here in the aridity of the Namib Desert where you may be privileged enough to experience the creative imagination of nature herself. Mighty ridges curvaceously rise to form some of the world’s most majestic shaped dunes and heights peaks.

Essentially a vast sea of sand, the Namib Desert embodies the isolation, solitude and tranquillity of a barren wilderness. As the African sun rises from beneath the horizon, it shades the desert in the romantic tones of a soft yellowish-gold glow, fading into orange hues before hints of pinks, purples and deep reds reveal the full extent of its mysterious splendour.

Amongst the striking beauty of this vast, remote and vacant desert hides some remarkable and unique sites not to be passed by.

The Namib Naukluft Park is a scenic wonderland. Although not teeming with the presence of Africa’s Big Five, it is home to the astonishing adaptability of many desert creatures.

Boasting the highest dunes in the world, Sossusvlei is a land of shifting sands and sculptural beauty. Visit Dead Vlei and walk between the ghostly appearance of dead camel thorn trees which jut out from an apocalyptic bone-dry encrusted lake, back dropped by the apricot tones of huge sand dunes.

Access Details

Namib-Naukluft Park is easily accessed either by chartered aircraft from Windhoek Eros or road networks towards the park. The travelling distance by road is 380 km (235 miles) from Swakopmund and 360 km (220 miles) from Windhoek.

Suggested Stay Details

A 2 to 3 night stay is usually sufficient to spend in the area. If you have a special interest in deserts and the plant life and creatures, you could spend weeks exploring.

If you seek solitude in one of the world?s most remote places, you could s

Type of Experience

The world's oldest desert, climb to the top of towering ochre sand dunes. Incredible views across plains to hills and mountains beyond, interesting aspects of the night sky which, because you're in the middle of nowhere, just chill out and enjoy the beautiful scenery, hiking to the bushman caves, game drive, scenic drive, ATV riding through dunes, star-gazing and the awesome trip to Sossusvlei to climb the dunes.

Arrange a scenic flight over the dune sands, also an excellent place for hot air ballooning, sense of being at one with nature, safari lodges and camps that aesthetically blend with the landscapes, sense of solitude and peace.

Discover desert animals like Ostrich, Oryx (gemsbok), Springbok, owls, giraffe, Cape Foxes and many other small creatures, occassionally the honour of a very rare sighting of Aardwolf, pit your driving skills the most challenging and difficult 4x4 trails in the country, Self-guided trail through the ''Moon Landscape'' to the Welwitschia Mirabilis.

DESERT ADVENTURES: Located in the heart of Namib-Naukluft Park is Sossusvlei, home to the worlds largest and believed to be the oldest of its kind. Whether you journeying through the vast aridity by your own know-how, or with the experience of a knowledgeable guide, you are sure to encounter some activities of interest. Make your way to Big Daddy, Dune 7 or Dune 45; the largest dunes in the Namib Desert, some of which are taller than a seven-story building. Climbing your way to the top can be a tricky situation, but once at the peak, you can sandboard or dune boarding your way down. Other activities include skydiving and paragliding too.

The world's oldest desert, climb to the top of towering ochre sand dunes. Incredible views across plains to hills and mountains beyond, interesting aspects of the night sky which, because you're in the middle of nowhere, just chill out and enjoy the beautiful scenery, hiking to the bushman caves, game drive, scenic drive, ATV riding through dunes, star-gazing and the awesome trip to Sossusvlei to climb the dunes.

Arrange a scenic flight over the dune sands, also an excellent place for hot air ballooning, sense of being at one with nature, safari lodges and camps that aesthetically blend with the landscapes, sense of solitude and peace.

Discover desert animals like Ostrich, Oryx (gemsbok), Springbok, owls, giraffe, Cape Foxes and many other small creatures, occassionally the honour of a very rare sighting of Aardwolf, pit your driving skills the most challenging and difficult 4x4 trails in the country, Self-guided trail through the ''Moon Landscape'' to the Welwitschia Mirabilis.

DESERT ADVENTURES: Located in the heart of Namib-Naukluft Park is Sossusvlei, home to the worlds largest and believed to be the oldest of its kind. Whether you journeying through the vast aridity by your own know-how, or with the experience of a knowledgeable guide, you are sure to encounter some activities of interest. Make your way to Big Daddy, Dune 7 or Dune 45; the largest dunes in the Namib Desert, some of which are taller than a seven-story building. Climbing your way to the top can be a tricky situation, but once at the peak, you can sandboard or dune boarding your way down. Other activities include skydiving and paragliding too.

Infrastructure

Nestled within the sepia tones or the Namib Desert, are safari lodges that adds a sense of luxury in the midst of the relentless African sun. Surrounded by huge towering dunes and the purple hues of mountainous ranges, the lodges provide comfort and charm in a harsh and barren wilderness of the Namib Desert.

Geography

The Namib Desert is a vast landscape of desert sand, dotted by huge dunes, crusted pans, and rocky areas such as the Moon Landscape Valley.

History

It is believed that when the continental split of West Gondwana occurred some 130 million to 145 million years ago, the area gained its current arid conditions. As a result, the Namib Desert hold the status of the world’s oldest desert, forming at least 55 million years ago.

Activities & Highlights

WILDLIFE: Although the Namib Desert is an arid landscape, it is home to well adapted species of wildlife. Oryx, springboks, spotted hyenas, black-backed jackals and lappet-faced vultures are seen scouring these sandy plains. Namib Naukluft Park has more than 50 species of mammals, including predators such as the leopard, caracal, and cape and bat-eared fox. Other superbly adapted species including the golden mole, sand-diving lizard and the dune beetle. The park boasts about 200 species of birds and unique plants include geophytes that resemble the appearance of stones, the nara melon and of course, the oldest plant in the world, the welwitchia mirabilis.

BALLOON JOURNEY: Explore the vast open plains of the Namib Desert while drifting through African sky. Float your way pass mighty sand dunes while you savour the experience and enjoy a glass of refreshing champagne. If lucky, you may get a chance to see wildlife roaming the barren wilderness.



Season Travel Details

As the only true desert in Southern Africa, the Namib Desert receives very little and erratic period of summer rain during December and April. As a desert, temperatures are usually high during day time, reaching peaks of 35°C (95°F) and more. Expect much more pleasant temperatures during April through to October with day time temperatures between 25°C (77°F) and 35°C (95°F).

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

At the end of a long dusty road in the heart of the Namib, lies Kulala Desert Lodge. Make your arrangements with Greenlife Safaris to experience the ultimate desert experience.

Little Kulala

Little Kulala

Little Kulala, meaning "resting place" in Swahili is booked through Greenlife Safaris, offers magnificent views of the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei as well as magnificent mountainous scenery and vast open plains.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, in the middle of the world's oldest desert, featured as one of the world's top 20 new lodges in Condê Nast Traveller UK with all your travel needs taken care of by Greenlife Safaris.

Wolwedans Dune Camp

Wolwedans Dune Camp

Nestled amidst the dunes in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, Wolwedans, booked through Greenlife Safaris provides the perfect base from which to explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring nature. PLEASE NOTE: camp will be closed from 01 December 2015/2016 to 29 February 2015/2016, opening on 01 March 2016/2017.

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Nestled amidst the dunes in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, and set against a backdrop of unparalleled beauty, through Greenlife Safaris, a visit to Wolwedans provides the perfect base from which to explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring nature.

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Best of Namibia

A place of vastness with haunting beauty, Namibia captivates you in a land that has to be one of the greatest wilderness areas left on earth. Travel in Namibia involves great distances and the most efficient way of getting around is by charter aircraft. This not only reduces the time on the long dusty roads but also offers low altitude aerial perspectives of the magnificent arid terrain.

Our recommendations begin with a visit to the oldest desert on earth. Sossusvlei in the Namib has dramatic red dunes that rise above the remnants of a network of old salt lakes. Take the opportunity to climb the towering sand dunes, a photographer’s paradise and experience the stars and the night sky like nowhere else.

The coastal village of Swakopmund washed by the cold Atlantic Ocean is a remnant of the former Germany colony. Here you still taste traditional German fare and explore the many adventure opportunities including skydiving, sea-safaris, camelback rides, etc.

Journeying to the expansive but magnificent Damaraland landscape with its fascinating geological formations is something to experience. Desert adapted animals have found mechanism of survival.

Giraffe, elephant, rhino and other animals thrive in this dry landscape.

Etosha is a unique wildlife encounter, due to the most impressive congregations of animals as they quench their thirst at the edge of an immense pan. Time stands still here and our own worlds seem so far away. This is a place to free the mind and nourish the soul with pure nature and wilderness.

Once you have experienced Namibia, you will never be the same!


Highlights of Southern Africa

The southern sub region of Africa is one of the richest places on earth. It is packed with spectacular scenery, unrivalled biodiversity, amazing year-round weather and vibrant cultural multiplicity.

There is a great regional travel network with both scheduled and charter flights conveniently linking destinations. From the arid western shores to the tropical eastern coast and Indian Ocean Islands, here lies an endless world of adventure, wilderness and nature.

If time is a factor and you want to focus your holiday on a combination of top destinations which afford you a good perspective of southern Africa, we have blended journeys that take in the very best into a selection of highlight packages. These itineraries include the best wildlife location, natural spectacles like Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and the Namib Desert including visits to Cape Town.

No matter what your interest is, it is our speciality to tailor journeys in the region that fits your pace and budget. Let us inspire you!


Multiple Countries

For the hardened traveler you can explore great destinations in multiple countries. An example for this is at Kazungula where Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet. To the east of South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe are in close proximity of each other.

Each country has a unique character and they are all very different from each other in landscape and culture.

Regional travel is relatively okay if you remain on the main routes, however distances are vast and the conditions can at times be challenging due to some badly maintained roads and poor local driving etiquette. The best way to travel regionally is by air charter which is not only convenient scheduled but it gets you directly to your destinations without extra stops and wasted time.

Let us plan your itinerary to most efficiently use the best travel options available to make your journey more comfortable and cost efficient.


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