NACJ26 Day 04: Namib-Naukluft Park

November 10, 2014 Comments Off on NACJ26 Day 04: Namib-Naukluft Park
Andrew Walton
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Namib-Naukluft Park

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is one of the finest geographical gems of Namibia, and at a size of 50,000 square kilometres it is one of the biggest Parks in all of Africa. There are towering sand dunes populating the Sossusvlei desert region as well as the fascinating landscape. Our lodge for this evening is located right outside of this magnificent Park.

One of the most ancient and enormous deserts in the world, the Namib Desert stretches over an area of approximately 90, 000 square kilometres along Namibia’s Atlantic Ocean Coast. Having survived tremendously dry weather conditions for the last 55 million years, the Desert is known as the second oldest desert in the world (beaten only by Chile’s Atacama Desert). It experiences less than ten millimetres of rain per annum and is almost completely desolate, characterised by vivid scarlet dunes, some reaching heights of over 3000 metres – the tallest in the world. A portion of the Namib Desert includes the Naukluft Mountains as well as the Namib-Naukluft Park which is considered to be one of the biggest national parks throughout Africa. In spite of tough conditions, a wide selection of fauna and flora can be seen in this desert.

There are also some extraordinarily unusual species of plants and animals that can only be found in this particular desert. Sesriem is an Afrikaans word meaning ‘six belts’ and was named so due to the fact that early explorers and settlers were required to fasten six belts together in order to lower buckets down into the canyon to retrieve fresh water.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Hammerstein Lodge and Rest Camp
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, pool, bar
Route: Ai-Ais to Namib-Naukluft Park +/-490 kms
Travel Time: +/- 7-9 hours

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