Red golden dunes
meeting with the sky
Namibia, former South West Africa, is where the world’s tallest sand
dunes are: in the Namibian desert – and it was here, at Dune 45, that
people would see heaven and earth collide with the rising sun. The
Namib-Naukluft National Park is the largest ecological preserve in
Africa measuring about 19,300 square miles (50,000 km2). It is a picture
of beauty and elegance: golden-red sands shining down upon
the barren earth below.
The highest dune in the Sossusvlei region is called Big Daddy; it rises more than 1000 feet (300 m) high, at a 45-degree angle. The desert’s most popular and accessible feature is known as Dune 45, which reaches more than 560 feet (170 m).