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Namib Nature Reserve The scenery around Sossusvlei and the Namib Rand Nature Reserve is stunning. Enormous sand dunes tower above desert landscapes dotted with white clay and salt pans. Picturesque mountain ranges overlook grass covered valleys. In many places, there are many of the mysterious fairy circles in the grass.


Our scenic flight from Sossusvlei to Damaraland took us directly over the dunes, and we had a clear view of Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei Lake. The desolate landscape stretches all the way to the Skeleton Coast on the Atlantic Ocean. The scenery gradually changes as you approach Damaraland where rivers have cut canyons through the largely unoccupied wilderness.

Sand dune from scenic flight

Elephants in Damaraland Damaraland presents a completely different landscape and is the location of the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site where you can see thousands of ancient rock carvings created by bushmen. Damaraland is also home to elephants that are specially adapted to living in the desert.


In Etosha National Park, we came upon thirteen lions. With five adults were eight cubs, four of which were quite tiny, likely only 3 or 4 months old. The bigger cubs were only a few months older.

Baby lion cub

Black Rhino Like other countries in Southern Africa, wildlife is on display in several of Namibia's regions, but there is really a high density of animals in Etosha National Park. On nearly every game drive, we saw literally countless antelope, giraffe, zebra, and birds. Sometimes it seems that elephants are everywhere, and you occasionally even see the rare black rhino.




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