Namib Sand Sea (Namibia)


It is 1,288 km north-south, East and west are 48 km to 161 km wide and covers an area of about 50,000 km².It is considered to be the oldest desert in the world that was born about 80 million years ago and continues to exist to this day.


Six hours after leaving Windhoek, I ran about 320km and arrived at Ceslim, which was already around 16:00.To see the sunset, I hurried to a large sand dune 45km from the entrance to the park called Dune45.It took a lot of time to climb the dunes, but I was just in time for the sunset.


When shooting a desert, I think the contrast between the red desert and the black shadow is beautiful after sunrise and before sunset.The sand originally flowed out of the Drakensberg Mountains through the Orange River and was pushed back by the strong winds on the coast to form sandstone, which contained a large amount of iron, and the sand was oxidized to become the color of iron oxide and it seems that the color changed from white to red.


The next day I decided to go further to the hinterland of Sossusvlei and climb the largest sand dune in the area that rises right next to it. It’s already near noon and the temperature of the sand is high, and the soles of my feet are almost burned.No one was climbing under the scorching sun, but I managed to reach the summit. The scenery was overwhelming, and it was impressive that the blue of the sky was a bright blue that I had never seen before.


I also saw dead trees standing lonely in a dead oasis. The river was flowing until about 900 years ago, but it is said that it has dried up due to climate change.


登録区分 自然遺産

登録基準 7,8,9,10

登録年 2013年

World Heritage information

Namib Sand Sea

Registration category Natural heritage

Registration criteria 7,8,9,10 Registration year 2013




It is common to go to Namibia via Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa. It takes about 4-6 hours by car from the capital Windhoek to the desert. It is common to take a tour, but you can also drive with a rental car. However, most of the roads are unpaved, so take plenty of time.



How to shoot

Anyway, take measures against sand. A rain cover for the camera is also effective, but it is better to put it in a plastic bag except when shooting. Since it is difficult to change lenses, we recommend that you bring a zoom lens that can shoot from wide-angle to telephoto, or two bodies.