Bigger than the whole of Switzerland, Namib-Naukluft National Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa. Besides the iconic dunes in Sossusvlei that can reach heights of over 300 metres, it is filled with towering mountains and stunning vistas.

Namib-Naukluft National Park is a large protected area in the west of Namibia covering an area of nearly 50.000 square kilometres. The landscape is incredibly diverse, with gravel plains, sandy desert, canyons, and mountains. The large lagoon of Sandwich Harbour is in the north on the park’s coastal boundary, while the Naukluft Mountains form the eastern extension. Still, the national park is best known for the desert dunes of Sossusvlei set within the heart of the area. Every 5 to 10 years, the Tsauchab River flows through this section of the Namib Desert, moulding its iconic pan.

Highlights

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Explore the area to see dunes, wildlife, rock formations, and canyon pools
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Experience the renowned Deadvlei with its black camel thorn trees contrasting against the white clay pan
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Visit Dune 45, one of the most photographed dunes in the world
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Check out the Sesriem Canyon, which has been carved out by water through millennia
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Go on an afternoon hike to Elim Dune for a scenic sundowner
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Climb Big Daddy, a massive dune standing 325 metres tall

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Best time to go to Namib-Naukluft National Park

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The park may be visited throughout the year, but the most comfortable time is during the cooler months, from May to September. This period marks the dry season, which offers cooler temperatures, chilly mornings, and hazy skies. The wet season is between November and April, and during this period, there are beautiful flowers and bountiful birdlife, but temperatures can become very high at the peak of the day.

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Dead Valley Lodge

Luxury tented chalets with panoramic views of the Namib deserts towering dunes
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