The scenery in this desert is anything but stark and desolate. The colours of the rock and the linear oases make for an interesting landscape and stunning sunsets.
The Namib desert stretches along the west coast of Namibia. This photo was taken south of Swakopmund.
Dune 7 is just outside of Walvis Bay, and although it doesn't seem that large in comparison to the surroundings, when you actually see someone trying to climb it, it is HUGE! Luckily we didn't attempt to climb it, as i don't think we would have made it anywhere near the top.
If you dont feel too energetic you can sit at the picnic tables while the more insane members of your family climb it...
This area of Namibia is beautiful. Full of sand, but beautiful! We spent an afternoon here, it's quite far out of the way, but definitely worth the trip. You get taken from the entrance gate by 4x4 to the pan (which hadn't had rain for 3 years when we were there). We didn't see much animal life, though how anything could survive in those conditions is beyond me.
Dont try taking your car into the pan, the sand is so soft you will get stuck almost immediately. Their big-arse 4x4's almost got stuck on our way through!
===This stunningly beautiful desert landscape with its high dunes is a must to visit. ===Sossusvlei is one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia and probably one of the most photographed. ===The monumentally high dunes - the highest estimated at 325 metres, varies in colour from pale apricot to orange to deep red. ===During a good rainy season the Tsauchab River flows into the pan which creates a haven for water birds. ===Even during the dry season, Oryx, Springbok and Ostriches can be seen feeding off the sparse vegetation along the water courses.
SOSSUSVLEI WILDERNESS CAMP - The Namib
=== is situated 20 kilometres from Sesriem, the entrance to Sossusvlei - one of the most remarkable sites in the Namib- Naukluft Park and the Namib Desert. ===Huge towering dunes, said to be the highest in the world, rise dramatically over 1 000 feet above the surrounding plains. ===The changing colours and the spectacle of lonely oryx silhouetted against red dunes is one which visitors and photographers from around the world, come to savour and capture on film.
===The camp is situated on a 7 000 hectare property with wonderful desert scenery and offers close access to Sossusvlei but also offers privacy and exclusivity on private land. ===The property harbours vast desert plains and rugged mountains with views onto the dunes in the distance. ===The camp has been built into the top of a mountain, using natural materials of rock, timber and thatch and provides a cool refuge from the desert.
===We only have 9 guest rooms - ensuring personal service and attention, while at the same time ensuring that the wonderful peaceful atmosphere of the desert is not intruded upon.
===Airstrip co-ordinates:S24.37.47, E015.56.21
If your vehicle is capable, Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei are well worth it. The red sand and pans are like nothing I've ever seen.
A very extremely early start into the day was required to be part of this fun near Sesriem/Sossusvlei area. Formations look interesting, there must have been water some time ago.