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Namib-Naukluft National Park reviews

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“Off season probably the best bet” - Gastrogourmet

Funny noises

Views: 471 Visited: Dec 2011 Reviewed: Jan 23, 2014

I'd always wanted to see Sossusvlei, ever since I'd seen some of the lunar-like photos my friend took on her trip a few years ago. I finally got my chance two Christmases ago. I went with a few photographer friends. We hired a car in Cape Town and drove up in the scorching heat. In retrospect, December may not be the most ideal time to visit Namib-Naukluft. It was HOT. I mean HAWT. And, the sand was essentially a mirror, reflecting the hot African sun right back at us.
We were up very early to photograph the dunes and the dead trees, but so was EVERYONE else and their digital SLR. The famous Dune 45 was our destination (again, it was everyone's destination). If you want to get a great shot of this dune without anyone else in the photo, the offseason may be better.
What they don't tell you is the dunes make a sort of odd noise as you compress the hot sand with your feet. Let's just say it could be misconstrued for another noise.
Despite the crowds and touristy feel, I got some great shots and enjoyed it. It's not really a destination for big game, though.

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