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Namib-Naukluft National Park reviews

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“Guided insight into the Namib-Naukluft area will open your eyes to the amazing array of wildlife that calls the desert home.” - Nature Travel Namibia

Life within the Namib Desert

Views: 147 Visited: Mar 2019 Reviewed: Apr 12, 2019

The Namib Desert in my opinion is one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. This desert is home to towering red dunes, craggy mountains, huge skies, iconic vistas and a surprising array of hardy wildlife.

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is huge, sprawling over 50,000 square kilometres. Luckily, parts of it are surprisingly accessible. There are a number of accommodation options close to Sesriem and one can also camp just within the park. This forms the ideal base to explore the park’s most famous sites including Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Dune 45, and Sesriem Canyon. Visiting Deadvlei, where the skeletons of dead trees stand guard eerily over cracked white clay and towering red dunes, requires a 20-minute walk from the parking area. Big Daddy is a dune towering high over Deadvlei. Many people climb it for sunrise or sunset photo opportunities. Nearby Sossusvlei is also worth a stop. It’s a large pan that very occasionally fills with water. Like Deadvlei, it’s surrounded by towering dunes, and it’s fun to climb one for an amazingly expansive view of dune fields that seem to go on forever.

One can self-drive the route, but doing a tour with an experienced guide will give you more insight into the area and also open your eyes to the amazing array of wildlife that calls the desert home. The park offers great photographic opportunities of the amazing landscape, and the area is also home to Hartmann’s zebra, giraffe, brown hyaena, springbok, bat-eared fox, cape fox, klipspringer and oryx.

Birding the park offers the opportunity to see some of Namibia’s special desert adapted birds, with dune lark being seen in the park - this is Namibia’s only true endemic bird and the park is a good place to see this bird. Other species include Ruppell's korhaan, Ludwig’s bustard, Namaqua sandgrouse, Monteiro's hornbill, dune lark, black-eared sparrow-lark, scaly-feathered finch and dusky sunbird.

Ensure you have plenty of water for any of the walks, take your camera and fall in love with the amazing desert. This is a must stop on a tour of Namibia.

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