By Manuel Meyer
LOOKING back in the rear-view mirror, the huge sand dunes stretch as far as the eye can see – their average height is around 200m, but one of them, known as “Big Daddy”, would loom over the Eiffel Tower at a stately 350m.
This is Namibia’s Skeleton Coast National Park in the Namib desert – a place that manages to be one of the most impressive places in the country, as well as one of the most bizarre.
The dunes illuminate the horizon with shades from orange to blood red. The older the sand, the redder it becomes.
This kaleidoscope is cut short by the bright white of a salt pan and the dry acacia trees of the Sossusvlei area. Namibia boasts one of Africa’s most diverse landscapes. In the south, there’s the diamond-mining Sperrgebiet area, with the German colonial town of Luderitz and Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. In the east, there’s the Kalahari Desert. Unlike many other African countries, in Namibia it’s easy enough to explore the wildlife in a rental car.
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