The Namib is a coastal desert in southern Africa. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means “vast place”.

This 81 000 km2  vastness covers areas in three countries, namely South Africa, Namibia and Angola.

With its unique but diverse fauna and flora, it remains a place of mystery and intrigue.

“The Namib Desert is often referred to as the world’s oldest desert and has been in existence for some 43 million years, remaining unchanged in its present form for the last 2 million years. The Namib is an immense expanse of relentlessly moving gravel plains and dunes of all shapes and sizes that stretch along the entire coastline. The most widespread and dominant type of desert sand dune are linear dunes, with crescent shaped dunes common along the coast and clusters of star dunes, such as the towering horseshoe of dunes at Sossusvlei, found in the eastern reaches of the sand sea.”The Cardboard Box

“The Dark Continent is at once a misnomer and an awful truism. The sun never shines as brightly as it does in Africa. Unfortunately, the brightest sunshine casts the darkest shadows and the miseries that lie in Africa’s umbra are the most abject in the world…… And yet. Not for nothing has this continent been confirmed as the cradle of all humankind. Not for nothing do we know that the first people on earth were Africans and that other races developed from them. Not for nothing do Africa’s misplaced citizens – the Afro-Americans and West Indians – hanker to find their roots. And not those people alone. Everyone of whatever race, nation or creed who comes to Africa feels a magnetism that cannot be ignored or explained. Because it is primeval. Because Africa is like a mother calling her children home. Old, addled and poor she may be, but the pull of the umbilicus is still there. Irresistibly.”

John Ryan, One Man’s Africa.

Poem about the Namib

The Land of the Brave

Drink the Namibia Countryside

 

Namibia a West African country, on the Atlantic coast

Namibia’s beauty is wonderfully surreal and alluring,

With endless savannah and bushland

With most stunning landscapes in Africa,

with acres of ocean shores, woodland savannas,

With game-rich grasslands and a semi-arid Central Plateau

lonely desert roads where mighty slabs of granite rise out of swirling desert sands

Land of swirling apricot dunes and shimmering white flats, mirages and dust devils,

With large expanses of arid and semi-arid land

 

Namibia`s young population is ambitious and ready to forge ahead

With highest literacy rates and one of the most stable democracies

Friendly, natural people with 14 ethnic groups, 26 different languages

two million people share the vast spaces of Namibia

With rich heritage and traditions

 

Namibia `s desert landscapes, volcanic mountains, desolate salt pans, giant sand dunes

Namib Desert is one of the oldest deserts in the world

Dunes are incredible, and are the tallest dunes in the world;

Amazing landscapes of red sand dunes, fascinating rock formations, vast plains, bizarre coastal dunes,

Bleached whalebones and ancient shipwrecks

organ pipes are a unique series of quartz-dolerite pillars

With lush floodplains and picturesque deserts.

 

Namibia mighty gash in the earth at Fish River Canyon

plankton-rich coastal waters support an extraordinary array of marine life

Tenderness fetching flora and fauna.

Long the Namibian coast lays the Namib Desert,

A spectacularly barren, brilliant red sand landscape

Divided into the Skeleton Coast and the Diamond Coast

Most famously, it is the richest source of diamonds on the planet,

The coast, with its productive fishing grounds and the deep water harbor

 

Namibia an amazingly diverse animal world,

The wildlife utopia of Etosha National Park.

One of the world’s greatest wildlife-viewing spots

Offers an exceptional range and abundance of wildlife.

Boasts the largest free-roaming population of black rhino in Africa,

and the largest cheetah population in the world.

Black-faced impala and crimson-breasted shrike.

Remote, wild and astonishingly beautiful with cascading Granite Mountains, amazing azure skies

 

Namibia with a wide variety of rock paintings and rock engravings

With a technicolor dreamscape,

World’s most captivating desert regions,

 

Namibia biota is rich, by global standards, and relatively well-preserved

containing both karroid and tropical elements

 

Copyright © Seth Yuhi Musinga | Year Posted 2015

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