A VAST DESERT WITH TOWERING AND SPECTACULAR DUNESThe Namib-Naukluft National Park encompasses part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range. Namib actually means vast, and this is an understatement when applied to the desert it names. The Namib-Naukluft Park is the largest conservation area in Namibia and one of the largest in the world, at almost 50,000 square km’s. It encompasses several very different landscapes the wettest of which is the estuarine lagoon at Sandwich Harbour. At the opposite end of the moisture scale is the parched Namib Desert with endless orange dunes blown into razor sharp ridges by the sand-shifting wind. The most well-known area of the park is Sossusvlei, which is Namibia’s number one tourist attraction. Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean. However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the river seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years. The sand dunes here are staggering, especially the contrast of colours against blue skies. The dunes reach as high as 325m, and are part of one of the oldest and driest ecosystems on earth. However, the landscape here is constantly changing – wind forever alters the shape of the dunes, while colours shift with the changing light.
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