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Namibia is distinguished by the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on earth. In the north, Etosha National Park draws incredible wildlife, including big cats, elephants, black rhinos, and plains game in abundance. Damaraland Camp is a wonderful place to see desert-adapted elephants and lions and happens to host Africa's largest population of free-ranging rhinos. Land of vast views, Namibia is also home to Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. Swakopmund is well known to be the launch pad for an exploration of the Skeleton Coast and Namib Desert. Visit Twyfelfontein, officially known as ǀUi-ǁAis, a site of ancient rock engravings in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia. Or imagine the Kalahari Desert, the largest unbroken stretch of sand on the planet.
Namibia is famous for its sand dunes that baffle the eye with their incredible heights, some of which are 980 feet high and span 20 miles! The Kalahari sand dunes, some stretching west to the Namib Desert, compose the largest continuous expanse of sand on earth. That is because although the Sahara Desert is larger overall, sand dunes make up only about 15% of its area.
Visit Namibia during the first quarter of the year to experience the Namib desert in bloom with green grasses, many of the animals give birth around this time, so there’s a chance to see their young in the wild. The second quarter of the year is great for photography with little dust in the air, but temperatures can soar during these times as well. For the best chance at a glimpse of the big 5, September, October, November, and December are the best months as it’s dry and the animals congregate at the watering holes. It’s worth it to go during this time, but don’t forget plenty of sun protection as the desert sun can be unforgiving as it reflects off the land.
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