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The natural splendour of Namibia

Disconnect from the modern world in one of the planet's most spectacular natural habitats: the Namib desert.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle, step away from the rat race, and travel back in time to the oldest desert in the world, which stretches the length of Namibia's coastline. The unspoiled country in south west Africa is the world's second least densely populated country but attracts over a million tourists a year with its focus on nature and eco-tourism.

The great rosy-pink and orange dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park are some of the highest in the world and owe their colour to the high proportion of iron in the sand. Whether you explore the awe-inspiring vastness of Namibia's untamed and untameable natural environment by jeep, quad bike, balloon, light aircraft or on foot, it will leave you speechless.

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Balloon flight over the Namib desert
Nothing can compare to being one of the privileged few to climb into the basket of a hot air balloon and float off at dawn over the red landscapes of Sossusvlei / © Sossusvlei Desert Lodge 

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Quad bikes are the perfect mode of transport for exploring the great red dunes / © Sossusvlei Desert Lodge 

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia
Deep in the heart of the Namib desert, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge offers a peaceful oasis from which to enjoy any number of activities, from balloon flights to trekking / © Sossusvlei Desert Lodge 

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The Namib desert is a world of breathtaking lunar – or perhaps Martian – landscapes which appear even redder under the rays of the rising sun / © Sossusvlei Desert Lodge 

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Due to its proximity to the Atlantic coast, the desert is not all sand, and is home to a variety of reptiles and small mammals, as well as larger animals such as antelopes and ostriches / © Sossusvlei Desert Lodge 

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia
The vast spaces, endless horizons and rugged mountain heights make this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes / © Sossusvlei Desert Lodge 

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia
There are plenty of activities suitable for children, too, that allow them to get up close and personal with the great natural wealth of Africa / © Sossusvlei Desert Lodge 

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia
The setting of the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is both dramatic and serene, making it a perfect place to disconnect from the modern world / © Sossusvlei Desert Lodge 

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A light aircraft flight gives tourists the chance of a bird's eye view of the oldest desert in the world / © Sossusvlei Desert Lodge 

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