|Some times of day it looks distinctly
orange. The Namib desert, which stretches along the Atlantic coast of
Namibia as far as south-west Angola is thought to be one of the oldest
deserts in the world, beaten only by the Atacama desert in Chile. (The
Namib desert does come first in one respect, though, having the tallest
sand dunes in the world).
|Over 1200 miles
in length, but only 50 to 80 wide, the desert offers such a stable
environment that it helped to create what Charles Darwin was to describe
as "the platypus of the plant world", the welwitschia
myrabilis - other animals and birds have also evolved and adapted to
survive the climate - with annual rainfall so low, many animals rely on
Atlantic fogs to gain sufficient moisture. Some mammals tend to come out
in darkness, when the air has cooled so that they lose less liquid,
although quite bizarrely, on the very edges of the desert, there are a
number of elephants.
For more desert
images go here, or click this
link for a list of accommodation options in, or near, the desert.