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The translation of Namib as ‘vast place’ is an apt description for the expanse of desert which extends over 1000 miles along the Namibian coastline. Merging with the Kalahari to the east, and meeting the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Namib is a desert of unimaginable beauty on an incomprehensible scale. The stark contrasts between its sun-scorched plains, plunging canyons, colossal sand dunes and pink tinted mountains, make it a truly unique and captivating destination.
At its epicentre, the Sossusvlei is a large, white clay pan set against the backdrop of a burnt orange desert. Its ochre coloured sand dunes are amongst the biggest in the world, and make for fantastic photographic opportunities, especially at sunset. After reaching the summit, the panoramas are otherworldly, and the feeling of hurtling down a mighty dune is exhilarating. For another unparalleled view of this magnificent corner of the earth, take to the skies in a light air craft or hot air balloon over the plains, marvelling at the jaw dropping scale of this desert landscape.
Abutting the desert to the east lies NamibRand, home to one of the darkest skies on the planet. Thanks to its remote location, with neighbouring communities as far as 60 miles away, there is a very little light pollution, lending itself to the perfect conditions for stargazers. It is a place of total contrast, encompassing vegetated dunes, yellow plains and home to a population of Hartmann’s zebra.
The Namib’s ecosystem is quite remarkable, hosting many species which have adapted to the arid land, including gemsbok, ostrich, springbok and aardwolf. The enthralling fairy circles dotted across the sandscape are another extraordinary example of the unique systems in place in the world’s oldest desert. Hailed as the footsteps of the Gods, these bizarre patches of land which dot the desert are hailed as one of nature’s greatest mysteries.
The important trade routes which cross the Namib make it a vital artery to the capital Windhoek, from the Atlantic Ocean yet it continues to be one of the most untouched wildernesses on the planet, promising a desert adventure like no other.