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(THE NAMIB DESERT, Namibia-AFP) - Not many tourist spots boast of being dark and difficult to get to, but the Namib desert is one of a number of remote "Dark Sky Reserves" drawing in stargazers for a celestial safari.
Wikitravelwikitravel.org/en/NamibiaNamibia boasts remarkable natural attractions such as the Namib desert, the Fish River ... Waterberg Plateau Park -- Another good place to watch wildlife.You've visited this page many times. Last visit: 07/11/13Wildlife of Namibia - Cardboard Box Travel Shopwww.namibian.org/travel/namibia/wildlife.htmGeneral inforamtion about the fauna of the country and including a wildlife guide to ... The Namibian desert is well known for its large number of endemic dune ...WWF - Namib Desert, Southwestern Africa
Namibia Desert, Southwestern Africa One of the oldest and largest deserts, the
Namib stretches inland from the Atlantic Ocean, covering large swathes
of Namibia and parts of Angola and South Africa. This arid hotspot
surprisingly supports a diverse number of plants and animals, some of
which are found nowhere else in the world. Life in the desert Lying between a high inland plateau and the Atlantic Ocean, the Namib Desert extends along the coast of Namibia, merging with the Kaokoveld Desert into Angola in the north and south with the Karoo Desert in South Africa.
Throughout this vast and unforgiving landscape, a number of animals and plants have adapted to life here, including the mountain zebra (Equus zebra), gemsbok (Oryx Gazella), short-eared elephant shrew (Macroscelides proboscideus), Grant's golden mole (Eremitalpa granti), Karoo bustard (Eupodotis vigorsii) and Peringuey's adder (Bitis peringueyi).
There is also an extraordinary diversity of succulent plants, as well as the shrub-like Welwitschia mirabilis, which has only 2 leaves and can live for over 1,000 years! Namibia Desert are the oldest is the Namib and the Kalahari.
The Namib is vast and covers almost 2000 kilometers along the Atlantic Coast from Angola Namibia and South Africa. The Southern portion approaches the Kalahari The Kalahari desert covers much of Botswana, parts of Namibia and South Africa. It supports more animals and plants than a true desert like the Namib to the west of it. The Kalahari Basin covers over 2.500.000 square kilometers. Ancient dry river beds coer the central northern reaches. Leopards and Cheetahs can still be found.
Desert-dwelling elephants in the north-western part of Namibia are special for several reasons They are one group of only two known populations of desert-dwelling elephants in the world. The other group is in Mali. They are uniquely adopted to extremely dry and sandy conditions – they have a smaller bodies and larger feet than other elephants. By the 1980′s most of 3000 elephants that lived in Namibia’s Kunene Region were killed by hunters and poachers. Because of measures that were taken to protect desert elephants their population is approximately 600 at the moment. Their diet is varied and changes from wet to dry seasons. Most popular species include Commiphora, Mopane tree, Ana tree. All potential visitors to areas where desert elephants can be found have to remember that these animals have poor eyesight but good hearing and smell. Elephants can also move very fast. The visitors must stay quiet in their vehicles, never chase elephants when they move away, view elephants from downwind side and allow a distance of 100 metres between them, never drive in the night, leave the area if animal appears to be nervous.