Take some time to delve into the hidden life of the Namib Desert, while staying in Swakopmund, on Namibia’s Atlantic coast. There is more to this magnificent stretch of sand than gliding down the dunes on a sandboard or eating some dust while aboard a quad bike.

The Namib is one of the world’s oldest deserts and a recently declared World Heritage Site and, as such, it is worthy of a more in-depth investigation. Seemingly desolate, the desert is in fact alive with life. It is a dynamic ecosystem filled with tough flora and tiny fauna, each highly specialized, and each with an important job to do. You can go in search of the secret life of the Namib on a Living Desert Adventure.

You will be collected from your accommodation by an enthusiastic and charismatic guide, who will soon have you hanging on their every word as they unveil the mysteries of the desert.

Set aside at least five hours for your journey into the unknown, which commences at 8 am with a brief introduction to the intricacies of conservation in the area, some geological facts and a brief description of the desert’s origins. The guides are skilled in luring the denizens of this barren wonderland from their hiding places and, if you are lucky, you will return home with bragging rights on having spotted the ‘little 5’ during your trip. The cartwheeling spider, the shovel-snouted lizard, the sidewinder snake, the Namaqua chameleon and the Namib dune gecko make up this elite group. Other interesting creatures include Fitzsimon’s burrowing skink, the Dancing White Lady Spider and a wide variety of tok-tokkie Beetles.

Apart from the unique beauty and amazing survival antics of these desert dwellers, you will be fascinated by the pivotal role they play in preserving the delicate desert ecosystem, and the importance of conserving all life forms no matter how insignificant they may seem.

Don’t forget your camera, as these elusive creatures are particularly photogenic. Other essential items are sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat. Children are welcome on the tours and will love every minute of your ‘gogga-safari’ amongst the dunes.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like help with arranging your trip to Namibia.