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Namib desert in 3D

Namib Wüste in 3D

The Namib Desert is 80 million years, the oldest desert in the world. On the Atlantic coast rise the largest sand dunes in the world. Inland, there is a dry savanna. The Kalahari begins on the heights of the Naukluft Mountains. The most significant national parks in the Namib Desert are: Naukluft, Dorob, Skeleton Coast, Spitzkoppe, Sossusvlei, Triassic Mountains, Fishrivercanyon, Sperrgebiet and the Giants Playground.


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Namib Wüste von oben

The roads in the Namib Desert are generally passable by a normal car. The north-south route (B1) in Namibia is completely tarred and you start improving roads that lead into the desert.

Schnellstasse B1 Namibia
Landstrasse C19 Namibia

Most of the roads, however, are gravel roads that you should only drive at 60 km / h, because there are often potholes or stones lying around on the road. Many gravel roads have extremely little traffic. It can take hours or days until another car shows up. So if you drive into the desert with your own car, you should definitely carry enough water with you, so that you do not die of thirst in the desert when you have a car breakdown. In many areas of the Namib Desert, there is no mobile network.

Schotterstrasse Namibia
Sonnenaufgang in Namibia

The word Namib means empty place or endless space. This is true for the most part of the desert. Nevertheless, the desert has a high versatility in landscape forms that other deserts do not have.

Namib Wüste
Namib Wüste Panorama

Widely used are the great bird nests of weaver birds, the hundreds that live on trees.

Vogelnester von Webervögel

A special feature in the Namib Desert are the flat and sloping landscapes that can be seen in the Naukluft National Park.

Naukluft Nationalpark schräges Tal

 

Usakos

Usakos is an old mining settlement from the German colonial era that was a thriving city until the 1960s. As the minors lost importance, Usakos became increasingly a ghost town.

Usakos

Usakos Kaiser Wilhelm
Usakos Hotel
Usakos Geisterhaus
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk Usakos

 

Spitzkoppe

The Spitzkoppe is an island mountain that is located 120 km eastern of Swamkopmund and arises its surrounding about 700 meters. Based on its distinctive shape it is also known as "the Namibian Matterhorn" and is the most photographed mountain in the country. The Spitzkoppe is a national monument of Namibia. With numerous films and graphics the unique mountain appears again and again.

Spitzkoppe Wildlife Szene

You do not have to climb very high to be able to fully experience the landscape.

Spitzkoppe Panorama
Spitzkoppe großer Monolith

The bizarre rock formations are a popular and challenging destination for climbers. Durring summer climbing is almost impossible, because the rocks heat up too high in the sun.

Spitzkoppe Affenfelsen
Spitzkoppe Vogelfelsen
Spitzkoppe Rastplatz
Spitzkoppe Höhle

More photos about the Spitzkoppe can be found in the following photo gallery:

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Vogelfederberg

The Vogelfederberg is a remarkable rock formations in the Naukluft level. Under the rock overhangs is a shady rest area. On the mountain top you have an endless view into the vastness of the desert landscape.

Vogelfederberg

Vogelfederberg Felsen
Vogelfederberg Felsbogen
Vogelfederberg Panorama
Vogelfederberg Ölfässer

 

Naukluft mountains

The Naukluft mountains can be discovered very well on the numerous mountain passes, which are also passable with a normal car. The streets have many viewpoints and deep gorges.

Naukluft Berge Gebirgspass

Naukluft Berge Schlucht
Naukluft Berge Panorama
Naukluft Berge Gebirgsbach
Naukluft Berge Gebirgstal

After heavy rains, the mountains can turn into a green paradise.

Naukluft Berge in Grün
Naukluft Berge nach dem Regen

The white dead tree is a small natural wonder in the Naukluft mountains. Usually dead trees get a dark color. This one has turned white. The surrounding white quartz crystal stones usually do not belong to the area either. A strange place.

Naukluft Berge Weißer Baum

 

Nubib Mountains

The Nubib Mountains are characterized by predominantly red rock formations, which formed from the black border plateau. The intense colors of red rocks, yellow grasses, green trees and the blue sky make this mountain landscape a colorful nature experience.

Nubibberge

Nubibberge Landschaft
Nubibberge Savanne
Nubibberge Schwarzrand Plateau
Nubibberge roter Tal
Nubibberge Gebirgspass
Nubibberge Gebirgstal
Nubibberge Roter Fels
Nubibberge Roter Felssprung

 

Sesriem Canyon

The Sesriem Canyon is located near Sossusvlei. The canyon is one kilometer long and 30 meters high and in places only one meter wide. At the end of the ravine you can even find water.

Sesriem-Canyon

Sesriem-Canyon
Sesriem-Canyon

Sesriem-Canyon

 

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is a valley that extends over 60 kilometers into the sand desert of the Namib. The white valley is surrounded by red sand dunes and single green trees. With the blue sky and the yellow sun you can find all the colors that can be found in Namibia's national flag.

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei Düne im Wind

Dune 45 is more than 200 meters, the greatest in the Sossuvlei valley.

Sossusvlei Düne 45

Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei

At the end of the valley is the Deadvlei, where trees on a clay pan have died dead many years ago.

Deadvlei

Deadvlei
Deadvlei

Deadvlei in Sonnenaufgang

More photos about the Sossusvlei can be found in the following photo gallery:

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Namibia in 3D - overview