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Namib-Naukluft

National Park

Namib Naukluft Park is the largest game park in Africa and fourth largest in the world. There are four sections in the park: Sossusvlei and Sesriem, Naukluft, Namib section and Sandwich Harbour. The park has some of the most unusual wildlife and nature reserves in the world, and covers an area of 49,768 sq. km.

 

‘Namib’ means open space and the Namib Desert gave its name to form Namibia – “land of open spaces”. The Namib desert is considered the oldest in the world.

 

Moisture comes in as a fog off the Atlantic Ocean then falls as rain, with the average 106 millimeters of rainfall per year concentrated in the months of February and April. The winds that bring in the fog are also responsible for creating the park’s towering sand dunes, whose burnt orange color is a sign of their age. The orange color develops over time as iron in the sand is oxidized, like rusty metal; the older the dune, the brighter the color.

 

These dunes are the tallest in the world, in places rising more than 300 meters (almost 1000 feet) above the desert floor. The dunes taper off near the coast, and form lagoons, wetlands, and mudflats along the shore that attract hundreds of thousands of birds.

 

The park has some of the most unusual wildlife in the world including snakes, geckos, unusual insects, hyenas, gemsboks and jackals.

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