The country of the world’s oldest desert, and its endless amazing sights – Part 2
The Namib Desert, where the lunar world is full of wonders and surprises
There is much more to do and see near Walvis Bay. You’ll be amazed by the sight of the Moon Landscape, which is as wild as the surface of the moon, and the welwitschia, a plant that can live up to 2,000 years. Quad bikes and sandboarding are also popular activities in the Namib Desert. You can climb up and down the steep slopes on a buggy. It’s a great place to get a feel for what it’s like to snowboard and glide on the sand, a rare experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world. You may get covered in sand, but you’ll feel refreshed.
Moon Landscape is famous for being the location for the movie Planet of the Apes. The scenery is literally reminiscent of the surface of the moon.
The welwitschia is a very precious plant that continues to live by absorbing a small amount of moisture from fog and vapor.
The most beautiful sand dunes in the Namib Desert, glowing in the morning sun
The Sossusvlei sand dunes are an important part of the Namib Desert. They are very large in scale, and it is not uncommon for them to exceed 300 meters in elevation. However, the most distinctive feature is the color. As the name “Sossusvlei” means “red desert,” the sands are coloured a deep red. This color, often described as the color of apricot, is the result of the oxidation of iron in the sand as it dances in the wind. It is especially beautiful when the sun rises, and the contrast between the sunlit base of the sand and the shadowy base of the sand is spectacular.
Dune 45 has been called the most beautiful sand dune in Sossusvlei because of its softly curved beauty.
The sand dune named “Big Daddy” is about 790m above sea level. It is the highest peak in Sossusvlei and the walk to the summit and back takes 3 to 4 hours on the sand.
The “wind patterns” are drawn on the sand surface. The wind force changes its shape every second, so you will never see the same pattern again.