Undulating dunes, white clay pans and vast stretches of desert
A landscape of rugged mountains, vast desert, magnificent burnt orange sand dunes, river canyons and clay pans, it is perhaps surprising that Namib-Naukluft sustains any life at all – and yet hyena, gemsbok, jackal and unique plantlife all survive in this hyper-arid region. See the spectacular Dead Vlei: a forest frozen in time, and a dawn visit to the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossuvelei is a magical experience.
Best time to visit Namib-Naukluft
May to September is an ideal time to visit Sossusvlei as the temperatures are more tolerable during the day, though they will drop at night. Between October and March are the best months as the coastal setting keeps it cooler.
Namib-Naukluft holiday highlights
Namib-Naukluft National Park is located in the southeast of Namibia, encompassing part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range.
Home to the sweeping expanse of vivid orange sand, sculpted into mile high peaks by the winds, known as Sossusvlei. Here you’ll find Dune 45, the most photographed dune in the world, and Big Daddy, the biggest dune in the area. Also in this area is the Dead Vlei, a white clay pan that stands out against the orange dunes that surround it. Within it are dead trees over 900 years old that are black from the scorching sun and stand in stark contrast to their white surroundings.
Encompassing the vast Naukluft mountain range as well as part of the Namib Desert – said to be the oldest desert in the world – the Namib-Naukluft National Park has a range of landscapes catering to an amazing array of wildlife and flora that flourishes in this entrancing but arid landscape. You’ll find gemsbok, springbok, zebra and leopard within the park, alongside pangolins, porcupines, aard wolves and a whole host of other wildlife.