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Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
The Namib-Naukluft National Park, founded in 1907, is located in southwestern Namibia. It includes the Naukluft Mountains and the Namib Desert. The latter is one of the oldest deserts in the world and its dunes are the highest in the world with nearly 300 meters for some. It is also one of the largest national park in the world.
The most famous areas of the park are Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon and some dunes like the Dune 45.
The access tracks (C19 and D826) to Sesriem, gateway to the park, are among the worst in Namibia. By cons, once in the park, it's a real pleasure to drive on a paved road to the 1st parking. From there, a 4x4 is obligatory because it is a very sandy track of 5 kms which leads to the car park of Deadvlei then Sossusvlei. Otherwise, shuttles can take you there for 10 € per person. From the 1st car park you can walk to Hiddenvlei after a 2 km one-way walk. Deadvlei can be reached after 1 km on foot and Sossusvlei is right next to the car park. The dunes 41 and 45 are visible from the road and easily accessible on foot. If you feel like it, you can ride on some dunes including the highest Big Daddy or Big Mama. The Sesriem Canyon is located 4 kms from the entrance of the park. You can go down inside the canyon from the parking lot.
The park closes at sunset. If you are staying outside the park, watch the time.
Be careful, it's a desert, it can be very hot. During our visit in october 2019, the temperature rose to 41 ° C. Plan your walks in the morning or late afternoon and take a lot of water.
We advise you to spend at least one night in one of the accommodations located inside the park. This allows you to leave early in the morning before the park opens and enjoy the best lights and temperatures.
Price in 2019 : 80 $ namibian (5 €) per person + 10 $ namibian for the car (0,60 €).
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