The watercourses are dry for most of the time but are occasionally blessed with a flash flood from the interior. Oryx, also known as Gemsbok and Springbok live around the watercourses and on the slopes the mountain zebra flourish.
NAMIB NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK
When the desert is cool during the night the fog moves inland and settles on the ground and with dawn the daily struggle begins. The heat and ultra-violet light permeate the mist without difficulty and the surface of the desert rapidly warms up causing the mist to rise with the hot air.
This causes clouds which drift away leaving the sun to flood the desert with shimmering heat and bright light. But then as the sun sets ending another beautiful day, the mist rolls in from the sea and the process begins again.
Some animals found in the Namib Naukluft National Park
The harsh desert conditions have led to the evolution of numerous plant and animal species that are specially adapted to survive in the desert. In some parts of the Namib Desert, the regular fog flowing in from the Atlantic Ocean condenses to sustain plants and provide sufficient drinking water for some animal life which is sparse but plentiful. Because of the heat most of the animals operate by night and sleep or burrow during the day. Keep your eyes peeled because nature is full of surprises.
Some bird species found in the area
There are many bird species that have been recorded in the Namib Desert and many of them are common to Namiba but there are species that common to this the desert areas only.
Tok Tokkie World
By - Marc Pelissier
A nesting tree
By - qsi pics
Balloon over Naukluft
By - Neil Strickland
Spring in the desert
By - Frans E Fourie
Springbok in the desert
By - mpoliza
There are roads that cross the desert including the tarred road from Windhoek to Swakopmund. There are also two railway lines one from Keetmanshoop to Lüderitz and the other from Windhoek down to Swakopmund. A traveler one can view the Namib in comfort from a train compartment or the cool air-conditioned cabin of a luxury motor vehicle.
The natural results and reactions of such a desert lying next to an abundant water of an ocean will always be apparent. The hot air from the desert is in constantly colliding with the cold air creeping inland from the sea with the help of the prevailing westerly winds. This causes heavy fog and visibility is very poor, on land and especially at sea, hence the shipwrecks that line the skeleton coast.
The Namib is the most accessible of all deserts. It runs from the mouth of the Olifants River in the Northern Cape up to and across the Kunene River in the south of Angola. It occupies the full length of the south western coast of Africa and is more than 2 000 kilometers long and only ranges from only 8o to 160 kilometers wide.
In the old Hottentot language the name Namib means ‘thirstland’, an arid desert wilderness. Some of the Namib Desert’s largest sand dunes reach over 400 meters high in places and are the highest of any desert sand dunes in the world. The dunes are really beautiful with elegantly sweeping shapes and endless curves. Mirages and heat waves shimmer and dance as the patterns on the sand are always in endless motion changing their shapes continuously, as time moves on.
By - www.sliwi.de
By - Mirror News
Sand & Sea
By - Werner Henn
See the Namib Nukluft National Park with Google Maps
Easy to navigate just read the instructions on the left.
Thousands of beetles, fishtails, termites and other insects feed on vegetation blown into the desert or deposited by the few plants which grow in the sand. When it comes to water these insects are self sufficient creating their own moisture by oxidization. Feeding on these beetles and insects are the likes of spiders, scorpions, crickets, shovel-nosed lizards, palmato geckos, sidewinder snakes and golden moles. Birds such as large bustards, ostriches, sandgrouse and larks eat the bigger insects and the reptiles.
The Namib Naukluft National Park is the most accessible part of the desert for the tourists and adventurers and contains many absorbing features, as well as reliable gravel roads, 4x tracks and a variety of overnight facilities.
Sunset in the desert
By - ritli
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Namib Naukluft National Park