Namibia is well know for the amazing high dunes in the Sossusvlei area. Rising typically 600 feet high — and up to 1000 feet — they are the among the highest dunes in the world.  Iron oxide and colored quartz combine to make these dunes a vivid orange, which glows in early and late light. In one small area known as Dead Vlei, one finds the ancient camel thorn trees left dry when the river that nourished them gradually changed course. Our trip was done in Land Rovers, so we were able to get to the unusual landscape of Damaraland and find the herd of desert-adapted elephants that live there.

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