Nambia – Life in the Desert

Namibia is a huge country of natural beauty, just waiting to be explored – this was one of our conclusions after coming back to Singapore after visiting this desert country more than 1,000 times bigger than Singapore.  It is one of those ‘rare’ countries that is it easy to explore indenpendently; during our trip we covered more thatn 2,000 km.  We were also impressed with the cleaniness of the capital Windhoek and other towns, which could give Singapore a run for their money!

Namibia is also home to some of the highest and most awesome sand dumes in the world, which I climbed in the morning before the heat setting in.  On the edge of the dunes you can just about see people climbing!

The wild life can also be impressive, this is a  Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra hartmannae), which we came across in NamibRand Nature Reserve.  In Namibia there is a staggerling 99,0000 km2, which are protected reserves! This is roughly 15% of the country.

This is a common Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus) taken in Namib-Naukluft National Park. I particularly like the surrounding perch!

The Oryx (Taurotragus oryx) is synonymous with the Kalahari desert, and seeing them around the red sand dunes is one of Africa’s great wildlife spectacles.  Namib-Naukluft Natural Park.

The Springbok (Antidorcas marsuplialis) is the favourite prey of the big cats.  Sossusvlei.  The Springbok is also the national emblem of South Africa.

The small Shovel-snouted Lizard (Merolesanchietae) is well equipped to withstand the burning heat in the desert.

Not a pretty one. A male Common Warthog (Phocochoerus aethiopicus) taken near Sossusvlei.

A Kaokoveld Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis welwitschii) rushing for cover in the  Namib-Naukluft National Park.

From Sandwich Harbour on the coast.  The Cape Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capensis) is near-threatened and a Southern Africa endemic.

I like the colour and the simple composition of the top of this red sand dune near Sossusvlei.

This photo of a battle-scarred Lion (Panthera leo) was taken just before it got dark at very close range.

It is hard to beat views like this.  From Wolwedans Camp in NamibRand Nature Reserve.



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