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In addition to Sandwich Harbour — off Walvis Bay, a must-see destination on the list for my trip to Namibia was Sossusvlei. The two main attractions are the well-known Dune 45, the Bid Daddy Dune and the majestic Deadlvei, awe-inspiring valley floor lying at the foot of the latter, where 600 to 900-year-old dead trees contrast against the cracked salt and clay white pan.

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Arriving at the Sossusvlei Lodge in Sesriem, Namibia from the sea-side city of Swakopmund, after a long 360-kilometre drive through gravel roads, and witnessing unforgettable scenic views of the Namib desert, was like entering into one of those desert oases we read about in books and short stories.

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Travellers setting out to discover the mesmerizing dunes of Namibia's Sossusvlei often stay in the small settlement of Sesriem, located just outside the gate to the Namib-Naukluft Park leading to Sossusvlei — 60 kilometres away.

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The stunning images of Sandwich Harbour and its colossal sand dunes running straight up uninterrupted along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, on the western shores on Namibia, triggered my interest in embarking on a self-drive adventure through the oldest desert in the world — the Namib.

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Etosha National Park was high on the list when planning my self-drive adventure in Namibia. It's one of the world's greatest places to see wildlife. Covering a vast 22,270 square km domain, it's home to over 100 mammal species, 340 types of birds, as well as 110 reptile species.

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