Namib-Naukluft National Park

Overview

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is arguably Namibia’s most famed destination and Africa’s largest game park. It is one of the main reasons people travel to Namibia from all over the world. The park is made up of a large portion of the Namib Desert, and is home to many species of wildlife (most prominently seen are oryx and Springbok), although the area is more so visited for its scenic desert landscapes.

The most well-known area of the park is Sossusvlei, which consists of mounds of vibrant red dunes, stark and stretching salt pans, and contrasting, expansive blue skies. ”Dune 7″ in the Namib Desert is known to be the tallest recorded sand dune in the world, though the tallest within Sossusvlei itself is a massive, reaching dune that has been dubbed “Big Daddy”. The sand itself that comprises the immediately noted, vibrant red dunes found in the region is known to be roughly five million years old. The ancient vegetation found in the region attracts viewers, as the camel thorn tree fossils that exist in the area are said to be roughly 900 years old.

Highlights: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon

Activities: Hike up Dune 45 hike at sunrise, ballooning, guided desert walk in Sossusvlei/Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon walk

Best Time to Visit Namib Naukluft National Park

If you want to go searching for wildlife in the Naukluft Mountains, and particularly if you’re trying this in with an Etosha jaunt, visit in the Dry season (May to October). Just be prepared for crazy crowds at Sossusvlei and the early morning chill. The wetter months can get ridiculously hot, though the blooming desert flowers can make the heat worthwhile.

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Activities In Namib Naukluft National Park

• Sunrise on Dune 45 in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
• Sossusvlei/Dead Vlei - guided Namib Desert walk
• Explore Sesriem Canyon
• Ballooning over the Sossusvlei Dunes
• Namib Rand Nature Reserve visit
• Helicopter ride over the Sossusvlei dunes and Sesriem Canyon

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