Namib-Naukluft National Park

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  • The winds that bring in the fog are also responsible for creating the park’s sand dunes
  • The orange color of the sand dunes is a sign of their age because iron in the sand is oxidized, like rusty metal
  • The sand dunes are the tallest in the world
  • The desert is roughly the size of the state of New Hampshire

 

Namib

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  • Coastal desert that has endured arid or semi-arid conditions for roughly 55-80 million years
  • Considered the oldest desert in the world
  • Consists of sand seas along the coast and gravel plains and scattered mountain outcrops inland
  • More than a thousand shipwrecks happen along what is called the Skeleton Coast due to 180 days of thick fog annually
  • Almost completely uninhabited by humans

 

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei

  • Salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes

 

Big Daddy Dune

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  • Highest dune in Sossusvlei at 1,066 ft

 

NamibRand Nature Reserve

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  • Private nature reserve in the Namib Desert

 

Spitzkoppe

Spitzkoppe

  • Group of bald granite peaks in the Namib desert
  • Granite is over 120 million years old
  • Many examples of Bushmen artwork can be seen painted on the rock in the area

 


 

Costs

all flights $2,102

food $33/day x 11 days = $363

hotel $58/day x 7 days = $406

tickets (all attractions) $28

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,493