Wednesday, 7 March 2012
A section of the central Namib Desert incorporates The Namib Naukluft Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa, as well as the Naukluft Mountains. The park is a combination of the Namib Desert Park and the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park as well as sections of the Diamond Area. The combined area is just under 50,000km² and main attractions are Sossusvlei, Sandwich Harbour and the Naukluft hiking and four wheel drive trails.
Sossusvlei is the one attraction that should not be missed while you are in Namibia; the dunes are amazing and even though this is a popular tourist destination it is still easy to gain a sense of solitude while climbing one of the dunes or walking to dead or hidden vlei. The Namib Desert section of the Namib-Naukluft Park also includes the Swakop and Kuiseb River Canyons.
The Namib Desert has a fascinating array of bizarre plant (and animal) adaptations, surviving in sand dunes of all shapes and sizes and vast gravel plains stretching for as far as the eye can see. With ephemeral rivers flowing unexpectedly, dunes, plains and rivers have all become vital components of the oldest desert on the planet, in existence for at least 43 million years.
Vegetation and wildlife are seemingly scarce in any desert and this is one of the most harshest environments in Namibia. Plant life in the Namib Desert can be defined as growing in the following areas:
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