The oldest desert
Near Sossusvlei, stand the deep orange dunes of the Namib Desert, their knife-edge crests reaching more than 400m at times. It’s a sight that encourages many visitors to walk up them, often at sunset when the scene is at its most otherworldly, though its popularity can mean it’s hard to have a dune to yourself. Going deeper into the desert delivers more authenticity – and requires having an expert on hand. Wilderness Safaris, www.wilderness-safaris.com, have long experience of such harsh environments and in the Namib they offer a number of walking tours. Perhaps the most exciting has you tracking the black rhino, a nerve-tingling way to view one of the planet’s most impressive land animals.