A paradise for nature and landscape photography
I love desert! I’ve been in the Sahara desert in 2005 at Tozeur in Tunisia and I’ll remember my whole life this day riding a camel! It was the first time I could feel the dryness of the desert and the smell of the sand! I remember this feeling of the infinite with nothing to spoil the view up to the horizon but the sand and the dunes!
But this souvenir of the Sahara desert couldn’t even help me to get prepared to the Namibian desert stunning view! Everything here is bigger and more contrasted! Dunes are really gigantic, more than 100m tall and meet the Atlantic Ocean at Sandwich harbour and is part of the Namib sand sea, one of the biggest sand field in the world, generating beautiful and colourful contrasts!
Needless to say that if you go there, don’t forget to grab your camera because only few places in the world can offer such possibilities for nature and landscape photography, especially if you love desert landscapes!
One of the most wild and dangerous coasts in the world
It’s really difficult to describe how beautiful this place is because I don’t know the words to tell it! Just try to imagine giant and yellow sand dunes side falling down in the black waters of the Atlantic ocean under the cover of an heavy fog that remains all the day long over the coast.
There is no roads or tracks to cross the desert at this point! You better be accompanied by a guide to visit this place because it’s very easy and fast to get stuck in the sand if you go with your car! As you need to drive at the border of the dunes and the ocean to reach more remote locations, you need to wait low tide to drive.
But if you get stuck, you can say goodbye to your car when the ocean rises again!
Wait, it’s a desert and I feel like… chilly! How is this possible?
But once you are at the top of the dunes, the viewpoint is really breathtaking and definitely worth the price if you love taking photos with your camera!
It’s sand dunes as far as your eyes can see. The most amazing with this desert is that… it’s almost a cold desert compare to the Sahara! Here the temperatures are most of the year around 20°C during the day and probably 5 – 10°C during the night! And the sky is most of the time covered by a thick fog. I remember that day I was dressed the same way as I would be to hike in the mountains!
This peculiar weather is due to the Benguela current that flows along the Namibian coasts. This current is made of cold water from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and is driven by the prevailing south easterly trade winds. The water is then too cold to evaporate and form clouds that could flow into the Namibian territory and water the country. Instead only a thick fog can take form but is unable to cross the desert more than 5km where it never rains!
That’s why climate here is unexpectedly misty and cold and is at the same time a giant desert…
Keep in mind that if you intend to go in Namibia in the region of Swakopmund, plan to bring a k-way and a jacket with you! You won’t regret it!