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As a top safari destination in Namibia, visiting the Namib Desert should be on every traveler's bucket list. With its vast desert landscapes and iconic ochre-colored dunes, the Namib Desert is not just one of the most beautiful deserts on earth - it is a place of mystery and has a lot in store for nature lovers. Namib is believed to have been dry for not less than 55 million years. This beautiful is by means the largest desert on earth - it is certainly the most ancient. The desert attracts thousands of travelers every year – making it an iconic attraction in the world.

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Visiting the Namib Desert

Namib is an arid region that extends to 1,900 kilometers along Africa's Atlantic coast from Namibe, Angola across Namibia to the River of Olifants in South Africa's Western Cape Province. The Namib Desert is almost uninhabited except for a few towns scattered across the desert – no wonder its name, drawn from the Nama language, translates to “area where there’s nothing.” The Namib Desert has two distinct seasons; the rainy and dry seasons, although the area only receives half an inch of rain every year. The wild animals in the desert are easy to spot in the dry season (May-September) as they flock to the waterholes to drink water (they depend on that for survival). During the rainy season, the desert’s plants revive, bringing back life to the desert animals and birds.

Where to Stay

The Desert Camp

Visitors looking to explore the Sossusvlei can stay at the Desert Camp, providing travelers with budget-friendly accommodation with self-catering services. This beautiful camp is found in Namib Naukluft Park and is the gateway to Sossusvlei. From the camp's refreshing pool, one can enjoy the view of the breathtaking Namib Desert landscape. There is a bar within the camp, where travelers can have an ice-cold beer to help them relax. One can order and have food delivered to their rooms. Head to the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Center - book and enjoy other thrilling activities. Staying in the Desert will give travelers an unforgettable safari experience as they can explore Sossusvlei as they wish.

Sossusvlei Lodge

For an optimum safari experience of the Namib Desert, stay at Sossusvlei Lodge and have an incredible opportunity of enjoying the most breathtaking scenery of the desert. Located right at the Namib Naukluft Park entrance, this lodge allows visitors to explore the best of Namibia, including direct access to Dead Vlei scorched black trees, Sossusvlei’s most popular pan, and Sesriem Canyon. This is the spot where visitors can have the most incredible views of the landscapes of the Namib Desert.

Woledans Dune Camp

This camp offer travelers with accommodation in safari tents, beautiful excursions, and bush dining as they enjoy the feel of Africa’s wildest wilderness. The camp is situated in the NamibRand Nature Reserve in Sossusvlei, and the tents are structured on wooden sites, offering visitors breathtaking views of the beauty of this reserve. Visitors can explore the reserve and get a chance of spotting the wild animals adapted to the desert life over game drives. Travelers can also engage in hot-air ballooning, scenic flights, bush walking, and cultural safaris to learn the lifestyle of the locals.

Hoodia Desert Lodge

In this beautiful lodge, visitors get access to comfortable accommodation and quality services. From here, travelers can explore the popular Sossusvlei dunes and enjoy the spectacular views. Visitors staying here can feel like they are in their own home because they are allowed to communicate all their needs. Enjoy hiking the Naukluft Mountains and a stunning view of Sossusvlei in a hot-air balloon from above.

Top Tourist Attractions in the Namib Desert

The world's oldest desert boasts a desolate yet beautiful skeleton coast landscape, wildlife uniquely adapted to the desert nature, dunes, some of which, are the biggest on earth, and other breathtaking natural attractions.

The Skeleton Coast National Park

This national park features choppy waters as well as inaccessible shores. The San community referred to it as “The Land God Made in Anger.” Leave alone its nature – this spot is a beautiful destination consisting of stunning natural formations. Photographers would enjoy being here. Some epic attractions around this place include the Hoarasib clay castles, salt pans at the Mountain of Agape, and the large Cape fur seal colony located in Cape Fria. This place is ideal for travelers who enjoy surfing and watching stars and the moon.

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Swakopmund

This beautiful seaside town is found right in the middle of the Namib Desert. It is a perfect spot for visitors to relax after spending a few days exploring the desert. It is the second-largest town in Namibia and features cool temperatures all year round. It is an epic holiday destination and has plenty of opportunities for adventure, including sports, pubs for entertainment, picturesque structures, and typical German restaurants to enjoy some delicacies. There are so many activities visitors can enjoy here, including shark fishing, sand boarding, dune carting, hot-air ballooning, and quad biking. For visitors looking for less dangerous activities, enjoy the town's beautiful attractions – Cape Cross Seal Colony, National Marine Aquarium, and the Rossmund Desert Golf Course.

Sossusvlei

The clay pans found in this spot are worth exploring. Having over 300 m high red dunes with endless rolling shapes, Sossusvlei is the most spectacular attraction, making it a wonderful destination. This spot would offer endless opportunities to photographic enthusiasts, especially during morning hours and evenings. Sossusvlei means “dead-end-mash,” a name it got for being the spot where all the dunes merge, thus denying River Tsauchab the chance of flowing further. The shade formed from the thorn trees found in this area has both white and black Oryx antelopes. Travelers can spot these beautiful animals here. One can also watch and follow the tiny trails of lizards left on the sand. Springbok and ostriches thrive in this stunning environment.

The Namib Desert has a lot to offer to travelers. Its landscapes are a combination of beauty and mystery – something worth exploring.