The Namib Desert merges with the Kaokoveld Desert in the north, and Karoo Desert in the south. Everywhere in between the two smaller deserts, lies the large Namib Desert and all of its wonders. While the area is largely unforgiving, and unlivable for humans, many other animals are able to survive there. Mountain zebras, gemsbok, and short-eared elephant shrew are some of the more common animals living in the Namib Desert. Plant life ranges from a variety of beautiful plants and flowers, to many different types of shrubs. Each of these plants and animals has learned to adapt to the harsh environment of the Namib Desert.
The south African Namib Desert also provides vital resources for humans. The area has been mined for many years and is an important part of the African economy. Minerals range from tungsten and salt, to diamonds and other rare materials. Light aircraft is the most common way for humans to gain access to the harsh desert.