The Noels in SA and Namibia 2018 travel blog

Naukluft mountains

Naukluft mountains

Namib-Naukluft sand dune

Petrified Acacia trees in Sossusvlei

Namib-Naukluft sand dunes

Namib-Naukluft sand dunes

Big Daddy - Look at the top of the dune, OMG!

Big Daddy is 325 meters high, Geez people hike this?

Big Daddy

Dune 45 phase 1

Dune 45 hike

Dune 45 hike

Dune 45 hike

Michi, one of our group, on Dune 45

Yup that's me

Ontop of Dune 45

Ontop of Dune 45

Dune 45 looking from stage 1 to stage 2

Dune 45 looking from stage 1 to stage 2

Ontop of Dune 45 towards stage 2

View from ontop of Dune 45

View from ontop of Dune 45

View from ontop of Dune 45

View from ontop of Dune 45

Heading back

Namib-Naukluft sand dunes

View from ontop of Dune 45

At the end of Dune 45 hike

View of sand dune from Deadvlei

Stunning red dunes

Namib-Naukluft sand dunes

Heading to Deadvlei, salt

700 year old skeletons in Deadvlei

700 year old skeletons in Deadvlei

700 year old skeletons in Deadvlei

Stunning colors

Stunning colors

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

formations in the dunes at Deadvlei

Resting after the Deadvlei hike

Removing sand (AGAIN) from my shoes after the Deadvlei hike

Oryx hanging out near Deadvlei

Oryx hanging out near Deadvlei

Oryx

Looks refreshing! Especially in this heat!

Yum, left over birthday cake

Bird's eye view of our dining area. Thank goodness for that daily...


Today's itinerary

Embark on a scenic excursion into the national park to explore the Namib Desert. Visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei — clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burnt orange and red towering dunes. It's considered one of the most stunning desert landscapes in Africa. After, visit Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River. Enjoy a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. The Tsauchab River flows through the canyon every five to ten years, and this creates the nearby salt and clay pan of Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei Dunes Visit Namib Desert - This area is famous for its high, red sand dunes. This clay and salt pan is surrounded by the dunes, making it a spectacularly beautiful sight with a remote and isolated feel.

Let's start by listing the top 10 movies shot in the Namib desert:Samsara, Mad-Max:Fury Road, 10,000 BC, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Beyond Borders, A Far Off Place, The Hunters, The Young Black Stallion, Flight of the Phoenix, and last but definitely not least The Cell. The Namib desert is stunning but harsh and unforgiving.

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