Dunes of the Namib Desert

One of the beautiful things about the drive from Namibia's capital Windhoek to Sesriem, was I knew what the landscape was going to look like when I got there. Knowing that these great towers of sand awaited me, the drive now had a sense of longing and pursuit.   I could see the terrain transform from rocky hills, to open farmland, and eventually to desert and dunes. 

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The dunes of Namibia are apart of the Namib Desert, which runs longitudinally up the Atlantic coast. The desert stretches over 2000km of Namibia's coast, crossing into parts of southern Angola and northern South Africa, covering a total of 81,000 square kilometres. The Namib-Naukluft National Park lies within the desert protecting the area's pristine landscapes and enigmatic wildlife. 

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The main access point into this National Park is through Sesriem gate.  This section of the park offers spectacular views of some of the largest sand dunes in the world.  There is a single road that runs through the park for 60km, with lighter yellow sand dunes on the left and darker orange/red dunes on the right. 

I was only able to stay for 3 days, but made the most of my time.  Guests are allowed into the park 1 hour before sunrise, which gives you a chance to be amongst the dunes as the sun comes up.  So each day, I waited at the entrance at around 5:10am, for a sleepy guard to come over and unlock the gate. Around 6:10am the sun would slowly pierce the horizon sending shades of orange cascading down the dunes quickly engulfing the night times shadows. 

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