Sossusvlei & Namib-Naukluft

Rust Coloured Dunes Roamed by Desert-Adapted Wildlife


The 50,000km² Namib-Naukluft Park in western Namibia encompasses part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range with the ocean bounding its Western side. One of the main attractions here is Sossusvlei, a clay pan surrounded by towering rust-coloured dunes. These dunes are among the highest in the world with most over 200 metres in height. The white clay pan is striking against the vividly coloured dunes and expansive blue sky and is dotted with dead trees- a reminder that aeons ago water flowed here. Animals in the area are desert-adapted and include oryx, jackals, springboks and ostriches.

The park also features the impressive Naukluft Mountains which are known for being home to animals such as klipspringers, kudu, zebra and leopard. The mountain ranges impressive escarpment features many narrow canyons, caves and springs that allow life to flourish in the desert.

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