The Namib Desert is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline into southern Angola and even the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand extending from Luderitz to Swakopmund. This vast expanse of breathtakingly beautiful sandy desert features remarkably varied scenery including, the massive red dunes of the world-renowned Sossusvlei, the moonscapes of the Namib-Naukluft Park, the stark beauty of the Atlantic Coast and a diversity of fauna and flora. This windswept, arid, ancient landscape is teeming with desert-adapted wildlife such as endemic chameleons, brown hyenas, gemsbok, jackals and seals along the coastline and a variety of plant life including the famous welwitschia plant, a unique living fossil. Other highlights of the Namib include Fish River Canyon, Kolmanskop ghost town, Luderitz, Cape Cross seal colony and the Skeleton Coast.

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction. Its unique dunes rise to almost 400 metres and are some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in the morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety of desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’ which is one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes and explore Deadvlei which is a white, salt claypan dotted with ancient trees. Enjoy the views from above in a scenic once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon flight, followed by a champagne breakfast amidst the majestic dunes.

Ideal Destination For

  • Adventure
  • Solo Travel
  • Special Interest

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