The Namib Desert
stretching almost 2000km from the Orange River on the southern border with
South Africa up north beyond the Kunene River into Angola is an inhospitable
region characterised by searing heat during the day and bitter cold at night.
For the most
part it's bone-dry with life being nurtured to a large extent by wind-borne
nutrients from the interior and moisture from the rolling fog which forms
when dry heat rising from the desert sands meets with the air from the cold
South Atlantic's Benguela Current.
This is not
conventional "safari country" - it does however contain an intriguing diversity
of flora and fauna which has over some 80 million years adapted to the apparently
barren habitats of the Namib. The entire area harbours ancient archaeological
sites providing evidence of the hunter-gatherers who have inhabited the region
for as much as 750 thousand years.
The areas of
particular interest to us are the Namib-Naukluft
Park located in the central Namib and the Skeleton
Coast along the northern coastline.