Forum Ferreting: Seeing the Dunes in Namibia
When we think sand we usually picture a nice beach, but chatters over at the Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree have got other ideas: dunes. And according to this board of globetrotters, Namibia is the place to see the biggest and the best.
Sossusvlei is a salt pan in the Namibian desert, but it's known for it's incredible red sand dunes that rise more than 3,000 feet in some places. If it's a once in a lifetime trip, chatters say these dunes are not to be missed. And they've got a few tips for making the most out of the adventure, too.
Go to Sossusvlei, make sure you go further than Dune 45 at some time, wear whatever you want on your feet, spend two nights nearby. Stay hydrated, don't walk from the end of the 2wd part in the heat of the day if you can avoid it, take plenty of film and a sun hat and last but not least - don't try and make sand castles, it just doesn't work.
And if you're planning a trip to Namibia, now's the time to go, since December and January tend to see the most rain. Would that make the sand castle construction easier?
[Photo: Patrtick Schoonbee]