The red desert of Namibia

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The desert of Namibia is the oldest in the world and also an inexhaustible source of vast and beautiful landscapes due to one of its most representative features, the reddish hue of the sand. Its color is due to oxidation of the quartz crystals that form the grains of sand. These in turn have come to shape some of the largest dunes on Earth and a unique setting.

The red desert of Namibia

Tour the southern African

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Tours of Namibia:

Along the coast Namibia extends this particular desert which contains in itself a journey of the senses and experiences. If you do not trip on a tour organized to tour the southern African country is essential to rent a 4 × 4, because outside the capital and a few other cities, the only way is the camping stay.

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Keep in mind that Namibia exceeds in size to Spain, but just over two million inhabitants. Although in most desert areas with very low level of rainfall, the barren appearance of his area contains an abundance of wild fauna and flora adapted to the harsh conditions of the territory.

The desert of Namibia covers an area of two thousand kilometers and 1,800 are Namibian field, but continues south across much of the Atlantic coast of South Africa. Its history goes back more than eighty million years and these endless red dunes that die in the Atlantic have been formed with a long process of erosion and land travel from much further inland. The red earth which forms the dunes comes from the Kalahari Desert. The Orange River carried it from the interior to the Atlantic Ocean and then the strong currents dragged northward to re-deposit on land.

What to see in the desert of Namibia?

Roads in Namibia, although some paved, mostly dirt roads are flat, and these are what come to most areas of the desert and Etosha National Park. Therefore it is essential to travel in 4 × 4 and tent, although many of these ATVs have a shop attached to the vehicle and equipped with everything you need to travel independently around the country, since the supply is difficult in large areas Namibia.

As in most deserts, the contrast in temperature between day and night is sharp and frost may occur during the austral winter (summer in the northern hemisphere), but due to the cold currents coming from the Atlantic temperatures during the day are not as high as inside the country, which can exceed 45 degrees during the summer.

The reserves in natural of Namibia

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The Skeleton Coast:

Start south on the Orange River and reaches the Kaokoland, the arid land of the Himba. The Skeleton Coast owes its name to the many shipwrecks that lie stranded on the coast, creating a ghostly landscape.

Cape Cross:

Here is one of the largest seal colonies and crowded area. During the breeding season, between December and January, can become more than three hundred thousand seals. Their proliferation is due to the wealth of fish from the waters off Namibia.

The high number and the amount of fish that come to eat seals, which exceeds the catch of the fleet Namibia and South Africa together, has led to measures to control the seal population numbers, with controlled hunts, but the killings have not solved the problem.

The desert of Namibia

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The place where you can enjoy the most spectacular sunrises Sossusvlei desert. The dawning sun rays and the reddish tone of the sand is a unique show that is not forgotten.

The red desert of Namibia

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These are some inescapable points in Namib Desert, Namibia but if we can not miss visiting the Etosha National Park, where you can see a variety of wildlife, especially in the winter dry season, when all the animals go marching by excasos water reserves in natural and artificial ponds to quench their thirst. Although for this safari, we will devote another entry.

Is anyone planning a trip of the red desert of Namibia?

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