Namib Desert

Namib Desert
The Namib Desert, located in southern Africa, is o­ne of the oldest and largest deserts o­n the African continent. It stretches from the Atlantic Ocean o­n the western side of the country, across the countries of Namibia, Angola, and South Africa. While the entire area is desert, and mostly sand, the hotspot supports a variety of diverse wildlife. This wildlife includes a vast number of plants and animals that exist nowhere else o­n the planet.

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.

Dune, Namib Desert
Cultural tours of the area surrounding the Namib Desert offer tourists the ability to gain a better understanding of life in the Namib Desert. Along with these tours, hunting excursions, African Safaris, and other attractions invite people from all around the world to learn of the wildlife and history of the Namib Desert. A holiday in Namibia is an exciting adventure for people from all cultures and backgrounds.