The Namibian sand is the only coastal desert in the world that includes vast dune areas that are affected by fog.
The Namibian sand is the only coastal desert in the world that includes vast dune areas that are affected by fog. The area – with an area of more than three million hectares and a buffer zone of 899,500 hectares – consists of an old semi-consolidated dune system covered by a younger active system. The dunes are formed by the transport – via river, ocean current and wind – of material from the hinterland that lies thousands of kilometers away. The coastal desert consists of gravel plains, coastal layers, rocky hills, inselbergs in the sand, a coastal lagoon and temporary rivers. The primary source of water in the desert is fog.
The Namib Desert is world heritage, as the oldest desert in the world and with the highest sand dunes. These sand dunes, rust orange in color “walk” a few meters annually and are best admired in the Sossusvlei, the accessible part of the national park near the town of Sesriem. The experience of a sunrise and / or sunset is spectacular and you will not forget your life. The orange color of the sand changes with the position of the sun. And it is particularly spectacular to admire the area from the air in, for example, a hot air balloon !.
Climate in the Namib desert and Sossusvlei.
A desert climate is usually very extreme and in the Namib desert that is no different. In the winter months of June and July it often freezes around the Sossusvlei at night. During the day around the turn of the year it can be 45 degrees or even worse. Rain almost never falls, but when there is precipitation it often happens with thunderous force, and many ditches and roads flood. In the dry desert air this is very rare water, which also evaporates quickly.
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