NAMIB NAUKLUFT / NAMIB DESERT
Namibia gained its name from the Namib Desert, the word “Namib” meaning “vast place” in the indigenous Nama language. Proven to be the world’s oldest desert (approximately 55 million years), the Namib stretches along the entire coast of Namibia to form one of the most spectacular and species-rich deserts in the world. Survival of these living organisms (ranging from the smallest insect to the mighty Desert adapted Elephant) is ensured by the blanket of moisture-supplying fog that engulfs the coastal desert regions in the early morning hours. Many of the living organisms found in the Namib Desert are endemic and specially adapted to the extremely dry climate, the most well-known species being represented by the Welwitschia mirabilis plant, the endemic Dune Lark, the Golden Mole and last but not least the desert adapted elephant. Some other unique living organisms found only in the Namib desert are the only white ant on earth as well as the black desert scorpion.