Namib Desert

Namib Desert, Sossusvlei: Address, Namib Desert Reviews: 5/5

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This barren red-sand desert lies along the coast.
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,766 contributions
Beautiful in Every Way
Jul 2019
You can't say you have been to Namibia if you didn't visit the desert. The colours are amazing and some took hot air balloons to fly over these sand dunes. There are also wildlife such as Oryx. Dune 45 and Deadvlei are both must visit attractions.
Written June 2, 2020
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chitownsam
Chicago, IL2,114 contributions
Beautiful
Mar 2020
The gravel roads to get here and the roads within the Park weren't bad at all. Desert was amazing to see. Surprising number of oryx in the morning along with some wildebeasts. We loved the scenery, Deadvlei and climbing Dune 45.
Written March 30, 2020
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Peter
Antwerp, Belgium8,078 contributions
Overwhelming
Feb 2020 • Solo
The smallest and the oldest desert in the world. Enormous variation in landscape. From flamingos in Walvis Bay to zebras in Sossusvlei. A true wonder of the world.
Written February 3, 2020
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,415 contributions
World wonder
Dec 2019
It's not "technically" one of the great wonders of the world, but I reckon it ought to be. Stunning views, gorgeous colors, hearty wildlife, deadly quiet at times...the Namib Desert is a marvel.

It's also incredibly vast (I actually learned moments ago that Namib means "vast place"), and surprisingly varied. Home to the second-largest sand dunes in the world, gravel plains, sand seas near the coast, scattered mountain outcrops, and more, it's mind-boggling how someone could say there's "nothing much to see and offer, distances between sight[s] of interest are far," as one reviewer wrote. A) It's a desert; what exactly are you expecting to see? B) Part of why it's so great is b/c of how desolate it is! There are virtually no people throughout the whole desert--aside from small settlements here and there comprised of indigenous pastoral groups--and to me, that's rejuvenating, much-desired, and fantastic. I feel bad for people who visit the Namib Desert and write things like, "If you expect something special driving from Walvis Bay towards Sossusvlei, you will be dissatisfied." I'm thankful I can find awe and wonder and beauty in a place as cool as the Namib Desert.

A few other notes:
- Yes, it's hot. It's the, ahem, desert...isn't it? Cover up, wear sunscreen, and take water when you hike around the dunes or wherever.
- Look for wildlife wherever you are; it's there. While in Sossusvlei and driving between Sesriem and Walvis Bay, we saw vultures, squirrels, warthogs, springbok, ostrich, zebra, giraffe, little crabs and beetles in/on the dunes, and the quite-impressive-and-hardy gemsbok. Probably more that I'm just not remembering right now.
- Appreciate silence, and desolation, and stark beauty; there's no place quite like the Namib Desert.

- Also, if you don't like crowds, driving behind "clouds of dust you can hardly see through", or being anywhere that you feel is too touristy, maybe go in the off season. We were there at the end of December, and the only places that had virtually any people were Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Otherwise, we felt like we had the country mostly to ourselves, and many of the campsites at which we stayed all over weren't even close to full.
Written January 10, 2020
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Tyche75
San Francisco, CA282 contributions
Lovely, recommended!
Nov 2019
The Namib desert is scenic and very special; Deadvlei is also not to be missed. Altho the drive here over often poorly maintained gravel roads can be painful, the sights are worthwhile
Written January 2, 2020
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Suzanne K
21 contributions
Must see.....
Dec 2019
This is an iconic shot....its just wonderful to actually get to this remote place and see it with your own eyes....
Written December 10, 2019
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Mbadi
Windhoek, Namibia12 contributions
Namib wonders
Dec 2019 • Family
In the namib desert there is welwitchia mirabilis ,this plant has two leaves and one tap root that penetrated through the soil.
Written December 3, 2019
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on4ajt
Leopoldsburg, Belgium361 contributions
"Lots to see and visit"
Oct 2019
There are a lot of things to do, visit and see in the Namib Desert. Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Hiddenvlei, Sesriem Canyon ... just to name a few and to many to name all. Road are most well gradered gravel so pretty easy to drive over several passes with great landscape views rewarding you. Lower your tire pressure and you'll be fine.
Written November 21, 2019
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Steve W
Bridport, UK64 contributions
Start when the gates open.
Oct 2019
So important to have an experienced guide to show you the highlights of this truly amazing part of the Namib Desert.
Written November 10, 2019
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Peter F
22 contributions
Desert drive and walk
Oct 2019
Stunning scenery and more wildlife that you would expect in the desert. Best to take trip early and Kulala Desert Lodge has their own private entrance!
Written November 7, 2019
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