Namibia is a country located on the southwestern coast of Africa. Sharing its border with Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
Namibia is a land of contrasts, from the lively seaside town of Swakopmund, famous for skydiving, to romantic hot air balloon rides over the magnificent red sand dunes at Sossusvlei. Popular safari parks and areas include Etosha National Park, Skeleton Coast Park, Sossusvlei, Damaraland, the Kunene Region as well as the Fish River Canyon.
our favourite experiences in namibia
- Visit the mythical Skeleton Coast
- Climb a Dune in Sossusvlei
- Visit a Himba Tribe and learn about their history and culture
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The Dunes of Sossusvlei
Namibia’s most iconic landscape. In the Nama language, “Sossus” means “a gathering place for water”. “Vlei” is Afrikaans for “a shallow lake”.
The sand here is five million years old. It is comprised mostly of tiny grains of sand coated in a thin layer of iron oxide, giving the Namib its distinctive red color.
The dunes of the Namib were created by sand being carried on the wind from the coast. The wind in Sossusvlei itself blows from all directions meaning the dunes are known as “star” dunes. This wind pattern also means that the dunes hardly move.
The tallest dune in Sossusvlei is Big Daddy, at 325m high. The more popular and widely photographed, Dune 45 is just 80m high.
Embarking on your dune climbing expedition
It’s not for the faint-hearted. Climbers need to start very early. This allows time you time to reach the park gate when it opens at sunrise. It is then a 65km drive to Sossusvlei in a 4×4 over the soft sand.
An early start pays off as the dunes are at their most picturesque. The rising sun causes one side to glow a fiery red, while the other is entirely in the shadows. Every photographer’s dream.
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Namibia – Southern Africa