Namib Desert - Sossusvlei and Namib-Naukluft Park
When one imagines the quintessential desert landscape, the harsh beauty of endless waves of rolling sand dunes in such movies as Lawrence of Arabia or The English Patient, one naturally thinks of the great Sahara Desert which stretches across most of North Africa. The dunes of the Sahara are the stuff of legend, but there is another desert in Africa, in Southern Africa, Namibia to be precise, whose great mountains of sand rival the mighty Sahara in both size and beauty. The Namib Desert extends along nearly the entire length of Namibia's coast and near the town of Sesriem where the (almost always dry) river Sossusvlei is swallowed up by the sand sea, never reaching the Southern Atlantic Ocean, the red dunes of the Namib tower over the Sossusvlei valley, some dunes reaching a height of over 1000 feet from trough to crest, higher than any dunes in the Sahara Desert, higher than any other dunes in the world. Any aficionado of dunes and desert landscapes simply must see the sands of the Namib Desert before they die - it is an awe-inspiring sight!