The Dead Vlei
17/08/04Namibia is one of the driest countries on Earth. Only in the north, near Angola, one can find rivers and forests. The rest of the country is dominated by two huge deserts: the Kalahari and the Namib.
Etosha, the main focus for wildlife, is a very arid park, but has plenty of species and very characteristic landscapes (including the famous Etosha Pan - a huge, glimmering white, flat expanse of salty sand, the remains of an ancient lake, now dried).
In Skeleton Coast, the highlight is the world famous Cape Cross Fur Seals colony.
The Namib-Naukluft Park, in the Namib Desert, has two unique places: Sossusvlei - its red dunes are the largest on Earth - and the Dead Vlei, a magical place combining a white pan (also a dried lake), black dead trees that are hundred years old, all surrounded by masssive dunes of intense red sand.
Being in Southern Africa, Namibia is best experienced in winter (May to September). Summer, especially between January and April, normally implies too much rainfall and too high temperatures.