When wanting up Namibia in your travel guidebook you'll read about the huge open plains from the Etosha National Park, the little coastal resort of Swakopmund with its old colonial buildings or the red sand dunes surrounding Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. But seldom do you encounter an post that explains in detail the different desert environments that make up the south of our beautiful country termed Namibia.
Coinciding with the "Intercontinental Calendar year of Deserts and Desertification" Gondwana Desert Selection in partnership with Open up Africa together with other stakeholders have introduced a large-ranging tourism route throughout the 4 deserts of Namibia. This aptly named "Four Deserts Route, Namibia" covers the whole of southern Namibia within the Tropic of Capricorn all the way down to the Orange River.
From the east could be the Kalahari Desert with its purple sand dunes which might be partly lined in grasses, shrubs and previous camelthorn trees. Although area h2o can be a rarity the Kalahari is residence to quick numbers of antelope, predators in addition to a stunning variety of birds. The Kalahari Anib Lodge, Bagatelle Sport Ranch and the Intu Africa Activity Reserve to call but a number of, are located within the perimeter of he Kalahari and they are a super initially evening quit-over en route.
The Nama Karoo is characterised by dwarf shrub and scattered grassland and it has as its unique function the perfectly know quiver tree. The deep gorges with the Fish River Canyon slide inside of this desert environment and also the canyons with the Zebra River. Animals like the indigenous Mountain Zebra can be found in this article. All 4 Canon Homes; Canon Lodge, Canon Village, Caron Roadhouse and Canon Mountain Camp in addition to Zebra River Lodge are ideal right away stops en route throughout the second desert to go to.
Located across the historic city of Aus and lengthening south into Namaqualand of South Africa the Succulent Karoo may be the third desert on our path to be visited. This environment is exclusive in that it receives winter rains and therefore has specially tailored vegetation to survive the dry summer months. This desert is referred to as Just about the most plant diverse on the earth and has become outlined as on the list of entire world's 25 world biodiversity 'hotspots'. Following the rains this seemingly dry and arid landscape turns into a spectacle of shade because the many different vegetation flower. Animal lifestyle is lessened to modest antelope and rodents, but fascinating more than enough will be the wild desert horses resident just west of Aus. Klein Aus Vista just west of Aus offers attractive accommodation in bungalows at Desert Horse Inn and rock chalets at hotels in Swakopmund Eagle's Nest. The recently renovated Bahnhof Lodge in Aus also supplies a comfortable mattress for your weary traveler.
The fourth and past desert on our Route is among the most well known of all of them - the Namib Desert. This desert comprises of just a slender strip along the chilly Atlantic Ocean with crimson dunes (the best while in the word) from the south, gravel plains and inselbergs within the central pieces and blue mountains with deep valleys inside the north. The Namib reaches as far north as southern Angola and is also home to your pre-historic Welwitschia plant. Fog coming in in the Atlantic supplies the lifetime-giving humidity to plants and animals. The Namib provides a entire assortment of lodges and guest farms for tourists to Sossusvlei and also the Namib Naukluft Park. Desert Homestead, Tsauchab River Lodge and Hoodia Desert Camp are but some establishments where by visitors can continue to be for their past overnight to the 'Four Deserts Route'.
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