A lonely tree standing in front of red sand dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park in Namibia.
Hiddenvlei is located near Sossusvlei in the Namib desert in southern Namibia.
The word “vlei” comes from Afrikaans and means “marsh”. There are several “vleis” around Sossusvlei – the main ones are Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, and Hiddenvlei. These were all wet salt and clay pans at one point, but over time have dried up, leaving behind surreal landscapes.
This picture was shot at Hiddenvlei in the afternoon, with one of the beautiful twisted trees standing in front of a sand dune catching the late afternoon sunrays.
The <a href=”http://cheetah.org/” rel=”nofollow”>Cheetah Conservation Fund</a>, just outside of Otjiwarongo in northern Namibia, hosts 30-40 cheetahs; some which were orphaned at a young age and have been raised and are therefore relatively tame, while others have been injured and cared for but remain wild.
When we visited we were able to see several up close and personal in their enclosures. We also got to see feeding time, which was a very high-speed event! A piece of meat is put out in a bowl for each cheetah, before they are allowed into the enclosure. Cheetahs are very picky about their meat, and will only eat clean meat, hence the bowl. They also have the instinct to eat their food as quickly as possible in order to avoid having another animal steal their food from them, therefore they devour their meat as fast as they can!
We spent a couple of nights in the coastal town of Swakopmund, and did a Living Desert tour one morning. The tour is highly recommended, partly because of the desert and wildlife, and partly because Chris, the tour leader, does such a great job.
As part of the tour we saw this little guy – a gecko (Pachydactylus Rangei). They are quite unique as they have webbed feet to allow them to move through the sand better. They are nocturnal animals, so during the day they bury themselves in the sand dunes to hide from predators. They are also able to lick their eyes to clean them in case any sand gets stuck to them, since geckos do not have eyelids. Oh, and apparently this is a female – the males are supposed to be more colorful!
Dune 45 is a famous sand dune located in the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Desert of Namibia. It is one of the most popular dunes to climb in the Sossusvlei park.
The name comes from the fact that it is located at the 45th km mark after the entrance to the Sossusvlei park.
This was shot near sunset as the light turned golden, using a super wide angle Tokina lens (11-16mm).