The oldest Desert in the World


The Namibian desert is often referred to as the oldest desert in the world and has existed for 43 million years, remaining unchanged in its present form for the last 2 million years. Namib is an immense expanse of gravel plains and dunes of all shapes and sizes extending all along the coast. The most widespread and dominant type of desert sand dune is the linear dune, with crescent-shaped dunes along the coast and stellar dune clusters, such as the imposing dune horseshoe in Sossusvlei, found in the eastern sand sea.

It is not surprising, therefore, to find that the whole of western Namibia is made up of Namib, which extends beyond Namibia’s borders and flows into southern Angola and the northern Cape province of South Africa. With ephemeral rivers Flowing unexpectedly through an ancient landscape, its dunes, plains, rivers, and hazy coastline have become vital components in sustaining an incredible and fascinating variety of bizarre desert flora and fauna.

Evidence of humans living in Namib through time goes back to the Stone Age era. But perhaps the most documented of humanity’s existence can still be seen today in the many rock paintings, stone circles, tools and ceramics that have been discovered over the centuries. The most famous rock paintings are in Brandberg and Twyfelfontein. The Topnaar are a known clan of long-term Namib residents.


Namibia is famous for its rough and desolate landscapes but this desert region is best known for the huge sand dunes that meander across the plains.


Here the type of lodging is quite diverse, from the super luxurious lodges to the simplest of camping grounds


Seeing the desert from a hot air ballon is something unforgettable


Namibia is a very safe country for tourists and this region is no exception.

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