Namib Desert

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Namib Desert

Overview
Activities and Highlights
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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.

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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).

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