The Namib Desert

21 07 2021

The Namib desert lies in the south-west of Africa, along the Atlantic coasts of South Africa, Namibia, and Angola. The Namib may be the world’s oldest desert, as it has remained an arid or semi-arid area for at least 55 million years. It is also Africa’s biggest reserved area. Namib in Nama language means “vast space”.

The weather in the Namib varies depending on the time of the day. Due to its location, the air can be extremely cold during the night and warm during the day with occasional morning fog. The Namib is also the habitat for plants and animals that can be rarely found elsewhere, such as mountain zebras and gemsboks. It is also the last habitat for rhinos and plants like Welwitschia mirabilis.

One place that attracts tourists to the Namib is Sossusvlei, where white salt pans are surrounded by high red sand dunes that reach a height of over 300 metres. Tourists will witness the many beautiful shades of the red sand dunes, changing depending on the time of the day.


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