Namib Naukluft Park
Proclaimed in 1979, the Namib Naukluft Park was at the time the largest protected area in Namibia, at 49 800 square km.
The park is located along the Atlantic Coast and borders to the north with Dorob Park, to the south with a restricted diamond area, and to the east with NamibRand Nature Reserve.
The park encompasses many of the highlights of southern Namibia, include Sosssuvlei and Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon, the beautiful Naukluft Mountains, Sandwich Harbour and of course, the Namib Desert; thought to be the oldest desert in the world and home to the highest sand dunes at up to 300m.
One of the key species to be found in the park is the Gemsbok or Oryx, a large and impressive antelope with scimitar-shaped horns and distinctive facial markings. This often solitary and strikingly attractive species is hardy and resilient, whose incredible desert survival techniques include raising its body temperature to cool itself by breathing its own sweat through its nasal cavities.