The Desert in Bloom
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Today we drive into the Namib-Naukluft National Park and travel down the Tsauchab Valley to Sossusvlei to watch the sun cast its shadows over the red dunes. Sossusvlei has some of the world’s most spectacular sand dunes. The area itself is a vast depression or clay pan, towered over by sand dunes up to 300m high.
In the early morning, the first rays of the sun light up the dunes with a deep orange glow – a photographer’s delight. It is a wild, beautiful and romantic spot, with usually sparse vegetation edging a few water courses which flow in from the Tsauchab river.
On our visit the desert is blooming having had unusually high rainfall in the winter. Here springbok and ostrich are often seen. We also explore the cool passageways of the Sesriem Canyon on foot. The canyon is small but very picturesque – many plants grow in the shade and shelter offered by the canyon, and water pools attract several species of birds and animals.
Sesriem means ‘six thongs’; which refers to the six lengths of rawhide rope (from a wagon) needed to make a line long enough to lower from the rim of the gorge to the stream below, in order to haul up a bucket of water.