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NACN56 Day 05: Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

We devote today to spending time exploring the Namib-Naukluft National Park, beginning with a hike up Dune 45 for a spectacular view as well as an incredible photographic opportunity. Later in the day, we will have the option of being transported to Sossusvlei where we embark on a brief walk into Sesriem Canyon during the afternoon.

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.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Hammerstein
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Taleni to Naukluft Area ±150 km
Included Highlight: Walk into Sesriem Canyon, Hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon

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Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Every journey has long travelling days and today we will venture deep into the Namib Desert. Making our way from the grasslands to the red dunes that cover the western reaches of the desert. Our accommodation this evening is at the tip of the dune fields and enjoy the unique sounds of the barking gecko as we fall asleep.

Accommodation: Two Per Permanent Tent: Namib Naukluft Lodge
Facilities: En Suite Bathroom Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route:  Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft National Park ±470 km

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