Sossusvlei and Namib-Naukluft National Park
The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline. For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most iconic part.
Because of how old it is, the Namib is home to an amazing array of flora and fauna, including numerous species that don’t exist elsewhere. One highlight of a visit to Namib-Naukluft Park is viewing the fascinating Welwitschia plant, which can reach 1500 years in age. This region is home to zebra, oryx and springbok, uniquely adapted for the harsh climate. Activities include hiking the dunes, hot air balloons, nature drives and star-gazing in this International Dark Sky Association “Gold” rated dark sky reserve.
Wolvedans is a private reserve adjacent to the Namib-Naukluft Park and is a quieter alternative to Sossusvlei, which can get very busy in peak season. With the same desert scenery and dune climbing, Wolvedans is a good option for those looking for a more exclusive desert experience. The only downside is that Wolwedans is too far from Sossusvlei to visit the famous dunes on a day trip.
Another noteworthy activity with the Namib-Naukluft is the TokTokkie hiking trail.