360º view | Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia

Namibia lies in the south of the African continent. This country is interesting and full of attractions. The main part of its territory is occupied by hills, the highest point itself (Mount Königstein or Brandberg) reaches 2606 meters. From the west, the central plateau is bounded by the Namib Desert, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, from the south by the Orange River, in the east by the Kalahari Desert, and the extreme north of the country is covered with jungle.

Today we will go on a virtual journey to the extraordinary Namib Desert, whose area is over 100,000 km².

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The Namib Desert saw the extinction of the dinosaurs. Its age is estimated by scientists at 60-80 million years, so it is probably the oldest desert on the planet.

In the local dialect, the word "Namib" means "a place where there is nothing." This is only partly true: it’s really almost impossible to live here, but the desert amazes with the variety of its landscapes: weathered rocks, canyons of dried rivers, meandering dunes and vast rubble wastelands, which are interspersed with tiny oases.

360º view | Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia

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360º view | Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia

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360º view | Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia

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Namib-Naukluft National Park (Namib-Naukluft) covers most of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range. The total area of ​​the park is almost 50,000 square kilometers, making it the fourth largest in the world.

The most famous object of Namib-Naukluft is the Sossusvlei clay plateau. Here are the world's largest (up to 325 meters) sand dunes. Their colors range from apricot and orange to red and burgundy, in dazzling contrast with the white salt marshes lying at the base. And strong winds blowing from different directions give the dunes bizarre shapes. During a short wet period, usually in February, the plateau is filled with the waters of the Tsauchab River.

Interesting fact

Almost all dunes in the Namib desert have their own name or at least a number. The highest dune is number 7, it reaches almost 380 meters in height. All other dunes are significantly lower. Dune number 45 is considered the most picturesque, and the most famous is Big daddy dune, which is located around the Dead Valley with the remains of dead trees. Read more about Dead Valley in our article ☞.

360º view | Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia

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360º view | Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia

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360º view | Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia

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The Namib Desert includes another area with an ominous name – the Skeleton Coast. This is one of the oldest sections of the Earth's surface: the bedrocks of which it is composed are over 1,5 billion years old. The name was not given by chance: fog, large boulders, storms and the cold Benguela Current that occurs at the Cape of Good Hope create dangerous conditions for navigation. Many remains of wrecked ships are still preserved here.

360º view | Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia

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360º view | Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia

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360º view | Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia

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One of the most interesting places in the Namib Desert is the Dead City of Kolmanskop. In 1908, diamonds began to be found in the sands of Namibia. The diamond rush swept the entire local population, but after sowing all the sand of the desert, the townspeople were forced to be disappointed – they never found anything. After that, living in Kolmanskop became completely pointless: it would still be possible to endure the lack of drinking water, but without precious stones, such sacrifices turned out to be completely in vain. So the locals hurriedly left the city, and it remained abandoned. Today, the Namibian authorities are trying to keep this museum city in good condition and accept tourists.

Read more about the ghost town of Kolmanskop in our article ☞.

The natural and cultural heritage of Namibia surprises and pleases the eye. See for yourself taking a virtual trip to the Namib Desert using virtual panoramas from the AirPano service.

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Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia

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