Ancient Sands: Walking Safaris in Namibia

This African country is home to the oldest desert on earth
Flickr/Jason Jones

There are only a few places in the world where you can discover pristine landscapes on foot, without a marked trail, where you can sleep out under the stars—and Namibia's NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of them.

The 200,000-hectare sanctuary hosts a number of guided walking safaris across sand dunes and lunar desert landscapes—or you can take a hot-air balloon tour above them. Sand skiing is starting to be developed here, along with sand boarding, hiking (the rim of the second biggest canyon on Earth is a popular trail), kayaking, and visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein, which is said to hold the highest concentration of Bushmen paintings found in a single area in southern Africa.

ROW Adventures is beginning trips here in 2013, as well, including hiking in the Namib desert, tracking the elusive black rhino, and viewing desert-adapted elephants.

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