Namibia – Amazing sight in the heart of the Namib Desert

After several very dry years, Namibia’s rains have been phenomenal – filling dams, flooding rivers, and spreading carpets of vegetation across one of the driest areas in the world.

Namibia is already a popular destination thanks to the breathtaking beauty of its diverse landscapes and something of an ‘untamed’ appeal. Sometimes there is an opportunity to see this country at its most spectacular: in a desert spring, with vegetation thriving and flowering all around.

Stretching the length of the country, in a coastal strip north to south, the Namib Desert is one of the oldest and driest deserts in the world. Rain is very rare here. Perhaps the most amazing sight, in the heart of the Namib Desert, is the ephemeral Tsauchab River which filled and flooded Sossusvlei, an immense salt and clay pan surrounded by soaring red sand dunes.

Meanwhile, beside the coast, the Swakop River has burst through into the ocean, something that has not happened in a decade or so – depositing a massive plume of sand into the South Atlantic. All over flowers will be blooming, which hasn’t been seen for years.

To witness these scenes, take a trip to Namibia this spring. April and especially May are often lovely months in Namibia. Increasingly dry, with a real freshness in the air and an amazing amount of greenery in the landscape.