GCN55 Day 05: Fish River Canyon – Namib Desert

May 29, 2017 Comments Off on GCN55 Day 05: Fish River Canyon – Namib Desert

Fish River Canyon – Namib Desert, Namibia

We carry on northward today, passing the small and isolated towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen on the way to the Namib Desert. Namib’ comes from the Nama culture, with the name referring to a huge savannah located in the Desert. The region is extremely arid, receiving less than 100 millimetres of yearly rainfall. The sand dunes are mostly formed from deposits that run down the Orange River. The most common dunes are Star Dunes, created by wind rushing from every direction. Barchan dunes are crescent shaped and formed when the wind blows mostly from one direction, whilst Linear dunes, created by two dominant southerly and easterly winds of central Namib, line up in a north-south direction.

Upon your arrival in the early evening, spend some time admiring the massive scarlet sand dunes of Sossusvlei that create the gateway into the Desert. This is a truly remote area, giving you a sense of being alone with nature.

In the evening just before sunset we set off for Sesriem Canyon which stretches 14 kilometres in length and was created by the Tsauchab River. An incredible range of wildlife has adjusted to the living standards of this seemingly uninhabitable area. We will watch the sun set over the rim of the canyon.

Accommodation: Sossus Oasis Campsite (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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