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Namibia

Photo journal (page 4)

We intended to visit Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, two days’ driving away in the Naukluft National Park.

Namib-Naukluft

We voyaged across the desert by the Kuiseb Canyon and River and the Naukluft Mountains, past herds of zebra, gemsbok, oryx, springbok, ostrich, social weavers which turn entire camelthorn trees into their oversized nests, finally to Sesriem – the gate to Sossusvlei and the start of the dunes.

The road to Namib-Naukluft National Park
Road

Social weaver birds nest in camel thorn trees on the Naukluft plains.

Social weaver tree
Social weavers
Social weaver nest
Nest

The desert is occasionally broken by rifts. The Kuiseb canyon leads a river through the Kriess Rus mountains.

Kuiseb Canyon
Kuiseb

The majestic oryx have evolved perfectly to live in the dry desert.

Regal oryx
Oryx
Hill ranges
Ranges

Springbok are dainty and skittish.

Springbok
Springbok

Deeper into the desert, the Naukluft Mountains attract afternoon rain clouds, but these seldom open.

Naukluft Mountains
Naukluft Mountains
Tree
Camel thorn tree