The dunes at Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei & Namib-Naukluft Park

The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world and the wildlife here is often unique having adapted itself to this harsh environment. Sossusvlei is famous for its clear blue skies, deep red sand dunes and cracked water viels (lakes or pans). Despite this harsh and arid landscape roam small herds of springbok and gemsbok and the odd ostrich too. Look out for the scuttling tok tokkie beetle and the shovel-snouted lizards darting under nara bushes. Aardvark is occasionally sighted at night, along with Cape fox, polecats and aardwolf. With no light pollution and virtually guaranteed clear nights year-round, the Namib is also one of the finest star-gazing areas in southern Africa. Sossusvlei is the most remarkable site in the Namib-Naukluft Park. Here huge towering dunes, the highest in the world, rise dramatically over 300 metres above the surrounding plains.