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Namibia

Photo story: Namibia

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Beyond these sand mountains, the river was blocked 700 years ago by the unstoppable dunes, killing and parching the land into the Deadvlei (“dead marsh”), now a white clay pan populated by skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees blackened by the sun.

Deadvlei

The dead marsh is encircled and trapped by the dunes that created it.

Dunes
Dunes

A small oasis of life carries on at the “live vlei”.

Dunes
Dunes

The perimeter dune ridges look down into the Deadvlei.

Peter at Deadvlei
Peter
Deadvlei
Deadvlei

The centuries-old wood forms a copse frozen in time.

Tree at Deadvlei
Wood

On the way back to Walvis Bay, we stopped again at the Kuiseb river and canyon, amongst a desert luna-like landscape.

Kuiseb Canyon
Kuiseb

The geological history of this terrain is obvious to any lay-man.

Geology at Kuiseb Canyon
Geology
Zebras at Kuiseb Canyon
Zebras