Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Namib-Naukluft National Park sand dunes

Everything is majestic in the desert. And the remoter, the better. Because no one can ruin any of your photographs. That’s a good reason for some lucky photographers to travel very far. As far as the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Extreme south of Africa. A place where there are no lots of tourists. The Namib-Naukluft National Park is the largest in Africa, with about 49,768 km2, and the fourth largest in the world. So it’s big. A desert. A big desert. A remote desert. Warm. Very hot. Sandy. Wild. Beautiful.

Namib-Naukluft National Park sand dunes
Namib-Naukluft National Park sand dunes. Photo: Yathin S Krishnappa

As always, beautiful pictures speak for themselves. So. Lets watch it and enjoy the beauties of the world.

Namib-Naukluft National Park sand dunes
Namib-Naukluft National Park sand dunes. Photo: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Of course, as a very remote place, it’s difficult to go there. Especially Sossusvlei, which is the most well-known area of the park and a great attraction of whole Namibia. It’s located near the coast (but you can’t come from the sea side), south of Walvis Bay, and hours of road trip (5-6 hours) from the capital of the country Windhoek, 400 kilometers far northeast. But it’s feasible with a good car.

Sossusvlei is a dry salt and clay pan in the middle of the sand dunes. Beautiful, and a place to visit. The dunes around are the tallest in the world, rising up to more than 300 meters above the desert floor!

Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park
Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park. Photo: Ikiwaner
Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park
Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park. Photo: Olga Ernst

Namib-Naukluft National Park is certainly a human desert. But contrary to what one might think, it is full of life. Snakes, geckos, insects, hyenas, gemsboks and jackals. They can survive in this hyper-arid place thanks to the moisture that comes in as a fog off the Atlantic Ocean in the austral summer.

Chamaeleo namaquensis
Chamaeleo namaquensis in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Photo: Yathin S Krishnappa
Dead acacia trees, Deadvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park
Dead acacia trees, Deadvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park. Photo: Yaaaay
Namib-Naukluft National Park dunes from space
Namib-Naukluft National Park dunes from space. Photo: NASA
Namib-Naukluft National Park dunes from space
Namib-Naukluft National Park dunes from space. Photo: NASA

Prepare and plan your visit, cause there isn’t a lots of places to eat and sleep around. As said, it is a remote location, and you won’t see lots of tourists.

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