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Namibia's Top Desert Adventures

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For a completely unique African safari experience, visit the Namib Sand Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Namibia. The area is the only coastal desert in the world that includes dune fields influenced by fog. It's a magical place where the sand changes from white, to tan, to a burnt sienna color and the dunes can reach as high as 1,000 feet. Explore this giant sand box by jeep, hot air balloon, sandboard, or even on x-c skis.
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Karas Region, Namibia
I tried going through Nambia as a solo-traveler and found out that it's very difficult to do. After hitching a ride from a honeymooning couple from Cape Town across the border into the Orange River region of southern Namibia, the hostel owner...
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D826, Namibia
Minutes after we departed, our balloon climbed to an altitude where we could view the ever-expansive Namib Sand Sea. Our pilot, Dennis, was the son of the founder of Namib Sky Balloons and had grown up on farm we flew over moments after our...
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Karas Region, Namibia
I am standing on top of the highest dune I managed to climb in the early hours just in time to watch the sun rise over these magnificent dunes. By just standing still and allowing the passing sun to paint the palette across the sand, I witnessed...
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We almost missed this gem of a canyon, being so enraptured with the Sossusvlei Dunes and Vleis 40km West. Offering respite from the sun, these canyons faintly reminded me of the walk into Petra. 30m high and at points only 2m wide, we found lots...
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I’m not a sunset fanatic, but when the sun settles in for the evenings in Africa the sky turns colors I’ve never seen anywhere else on the planet – crimson reds, blazing oranges, flamingo pinks. One particularly exquisite sunset I witnessed...
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Gobabeb, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia, Gobabeb, Namibia
When you think of staying at the sea, you don't think that it's going to be full of sand! That's the case when you visit the Namib Sand Sea. I don't know that I have ever experienced as much peace as I did during my stay at the Gobabeb Training...
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Sesriem, Namibia
Safari outfitter andBeyond reopened 10 stone-and-glass villas in 2011 after a complete redesign. The night skies here are so pure, the area has earned status as an International Dark Sky Reserve. An astronomer leads stargazing sessions at the...
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Sossusvlei, Namibia
Our overlander truck raced to the Sossusvlei park gate to make the sunrise open. This morning's goal - to walk Namibia's Dune 45 and witness the play of sun and shadows over the awe-inspriring red sand dunes at daybreak. In our hurry we stopped,...
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Swakopmund, Namibia
It was our last day in Namibia and we decided to sign up for a sandboarding lesson in Swakopmund. Our two guides took us out to the desert where, after a strenuous hike up the dune, we strapped on snowboards and helmets and rode down the orange...
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Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei, Namib desert, Namibia...a beautiful land where you can find the oldest and probably the tallest sand dune on earth... One of the magical moment I experienced there was when I joined a hot air ballooning trip over the Sossusvlei. When I...
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Namibia
Navigating the dunes of the Namib Sand Sea is a true test of a skilled driver. Harry Kirchner, the owner of the Windhoek-based outfitter Offroad Tours & Safaris, offers both guided and self-drive 4x4 safari options in the area. Our group opted for...