Namib-Naukluft N. P.
People have different reactions when they encounter a desert for the first time. A few find it threatening, too arid and empty, so they rush from city to city, through the desert, to avoid spending any time there at all. Some try hard to like it for those same reasons, but ultimately find little which holds their attention. Finally there are those who stop and give the place their time, delighting in the stillness, strange beauty, and sheer uniqueness of the environment. The desert's changing patterns and subtly adapted life forms fascinate them, drawing them back time after time.
Covering almost 50,000km2, the Namib-Naukluft National Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa, protecting one of the oldest deserts on earth, South America's Atacama Desert being the other contender for this title. The Namib's scenery is stunning, and its wildlife fascinating; you just need to make the time to stop and observe it.
The sections in this chapter run roughly south to north. Note that the NamibRand, Sesriem, the Naukluft and Solitaire are very close together.