The Living Desert: 10 Small, Miraculous Critters Of The Namib

Swakopmund in Namibia is popular with holidaymakers who enjoy its fresh air and beaches. But for me the highlight is venturing into the dunes of the Dorob National Park just outside town with Tommy Collard of Tommy’s Living Desert Tours for a half-day voyage of discovery that’s educational and loads of fun.

Here in the Namib Desert life is defined by lack of water – just 3-15mm of rain a year – and by overwhelming heat, where sand surface temperature can reach 75C (167F). Luckily, the Atlantic Ocean supplies moisture in the form of fog that can reach 140 km inland. This fog is the heartbeat of the Namib and directly or indirectly benefits all living things, which have adapted in ingenious ways to survive.


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