on 19 February 2020, 09:02AM
Namibia is a mood board of magnificently arid deserts, sweeping dunes and animal-packed salt pans. On a recent holiday to Namibia, Mike MacEacheran discovered a new side to sub-Saharan Africa. Here’s what he found.
Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park
Up too early, I’m barefoot on a blood-red dune primed in pink dawn light. It would have been so easy to stay in bed under canvas, but if the advice from our guide is anything to go by, a speedy get-up-and-go is non-negotiable when visiting Sossusvlei in Namib Naukluft National Park.
You crawl, mole-like, out of your sleeping bag and climb a 170-metre-high ridge. The going is slow (two steps forward, one step back), the light wind whipping sand against your legs. A scimitar-horned oryx trots by. On the horizon, the sun flo...