Nature

Where The Desert Meets The Ocean

When we think of Namibia, it is often a desert image that immediately comes to mind … And for good reason! The Namib Desert, which gave its name to the country, is a true natural wonder, a little jewel nestled on our beautiful planet and makes Namibia so attractive. 81,000 km² of colorful dunes, among the highest in the world, and 80 million years of age for an unparalleled vastness. Without a doubt, going to the Namib is a real accomplishment for desert lovers.

the Namib desert is a coastal desert considered the oldest desert in the world. Bordered on the north by Angola and on the south by the Orange River, it extends to the south-west of Namibia.

Among the remarkable sites, the Sossusvlei dunes are among the highest in the world; some reach 300 m. The Namib desert is also crossed by several wadis, rivers almost always dried up. The Kuiseb River is a hilly and sandy sea around which the dunes stretch as far as the eye can see.

 

 

The Atlantic Ocean, which borders the desert all along its length, is cooled (between 12 and 15 ° C) by the current of Benguela, which rises from the deep waters of the open sea.

This phenomenon causes the formation of fogs that cover the interior of the desert for several tens of kilometers. This moisture supply has allowed the evolution of a large animal and plants biological diversity.

Many reptiles (lizards, geckos) and small rodents (gerbils, moles), some endemic live in this desert. Large mammals are rare, the only species adapted to this harsh environment being Oryx gazelle or gemsbok and to a lesser extent springboks, ostriches, and zebras. There is a small community of about 50 wild horse families living in a 40,000-hectare area of ​​the desert that has been surviving for a hundred years thanks to water well installed to supply the trains during the time of the colony.

 

 

Predators include spotted hyenas, brown hyenas, foxes and with some luck lions. The birdlife is quite limited and concentrated in the coastal strip.The most remarkable plant species is Welwitschia mirabilis, which is endemic to the Namib Desert and neighboring Kaokoland. This rare plant has only two very long leaves and can live up to 2000 years!

In general, vegetation is extremely rare in the dune environment of southern Namib. It is more extensive in the less arid areas of the North and East, with different varieties of dwarf bushes and trees, like acacias.

Diversity is not only biological, but also landscape: the Granite Mountains, plains of gypsum and quartz, sand dunes, estuaries, and canyons are some of the many landscapes of Namib.

 

 

By going to Swakopmund, you will enjoy the Namibian coastline. The fog is often present but the sunsets are really worth a look. Several activities can be done in Swakopmund. First of all, it is possible to sunboard in the dunes of Swakopmund. The kite surf on the lagoon is also possible. Finally, fishing is very common.

We can also observe from the coast any sharks, dolphins, and whales. By the way, if you enjoy watching marine animals, you can take a tour on the side of the National Marine Aquarium of Namibia. Swakopmund is a must-visit seaside destination in Namibia and Southern Africa.

The water in the sea is cold enough in general (about 20 ° C). The best time to enjoy the coast and seaside activities is from May to September during the austral winter.
Swakopmund is very popular, and the beach is quickly crowded on weekends or during school holidays. This place is famous for being quite touristy and luxurious

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