The Namib Desert is a world unto itself, it is the oldest desert in the world and when you are there – it feels like it! Towering red dunes, cloudless skies and the skeletons of long-dead trees are but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to experiencing this ancient eco-system.
By venturing into the national park before the sunrises and with it the temperature, you will up your chances of seeing some of the many nocturnal animals that call the Namib home, owls, black-backed jackals, bat-eared foxes, wild cats and hares to name a few.
It also enables you to take full advantage of amazing way the light changes the face of the desert as the sun rises. The photographic opportunities are endless and it is hard to convince yourself to move on and that there actually could be an even better photo to be had around the next bend – but there generally is!
The temperature rises as fast as the sun and as the shadows fade and the heat mirages start to form the desert shows why living here is only for the nocturnal and specially adapted.
Most of the lodges and camps in the area have welcoming swimming pools and it is a good idea to head for these during the heat of the day or if you relatively heat tolerant you could explore the nearby Sesriem Canyon which offers shade and sometimes even holds some water.
For the most part we tend to learn from the animals, relax during the heat of the day and rather head out to explore and in search of photographs again as dusk approaches.
To join us on our next tour from the 14th – 24th December 2013 or to organise a private customised tour contact Jamie at email@example.com