The Namib is a coastal desert in southern Africa, extending along the coastal plain of western Namibia, from the Uniab River in the north, to the town of Luderitz in the south. It extends inland from the Atlantic Coastline to the base of the Namib Escarpment.
It is the oldest desert in the world, having been in existence for around 55 million years. It is an area of immense ever-changing gravel plains, rugged mountains, sand seas near the coast, and shifting sand dunes of all shapes and sizes. The sand dunes of the Namib Desert
are the second largest in the world, some reaching 300m in height. Namib means “vast place” in the local Nama language, a highly applicable title given that the desert is the most remote and unpopulated area of Namiba.
Importantly, a section of the desert encompasses the Namib-Naukluft National Park – the largest game park in Namibia
, and the third largest in Africa. The park supports a wide variety of wildlife, such as hyena, jackal, leopard, elephant and Mountain Zebra.
The coast of the Namib Desert is the most dramatic feature of its landscape. The thick fog for which the coast is known, acts as the life-blood of the desert, supporting an array of wildlife, and fauna with ample moisture. Populations of brown fur seals serve as tasty prey for the Skeleton Coast’s lions.
Notable attractions within the Namib Desert include Fish River Canyon, the Namib Rand Nature River, Moon Valley, the ghost town at Kolmanskop, and the Cape fur seal colony at Cape Cross.
There are a number of accommodation options available in the Namib Desert ranging from bush camps to luxury safari lodges. A venue we have chosen, Serra Cafema, is one of Namibia’s most remote camps, located in the north-west section of the desert. It is an intimate peaceful camp on the banks of the Kunene River, highly regarded and luxurious.