Sunrise, Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Photograph by Dietmar Temps


The sun rises over the dunes of the Namib Desert as the full moon hangs suspended in the sky. 

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan (dry lake) that is surrounded by tall red dunes located in the southern part of the Namib Desert. The 80 meter high Dune 45 lies 45km past Sesriem on the road to Sossuvlei and is known as “the most photographed dune in the world”, thanks to easy access from the road and because of its fascinating shape.

The Namib-Naukluft National Park has an overall area of 49,768 square kilometers and with an area larger than Switzerland, it is the largest game park in Africa. Many animals call the park home, including geckos, snakes, jackals, hyenas, gemsboks, and several unusual insect species.

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  1. Melissa - The Mellyboo Project

    Wow… what an incredible shot!

    Brings me back to the painstaking climb up the dune back in May… my poor asthmatic lungs didn’t like it all that much… but the views were absolutely spectacular. Thanks for sharing this!


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