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Namibia is well known 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 or late light. In one small area, Dead Vlei, ancient camel thorn trees, left dry when the river that nourished them gradually changed course, create a fascinating dance against the dune walls that surround them.

I should add, that if you are thinking of traveling to Namibia, you can’t find better tour operators and guides than Neil and Berdene McLeod’s Safariwise team. The arrangements are first class, preparation is thoughtful, and the tour experience is very attentive to everyone’s interests and needs. Thank you Neil and Berdene!

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