African Reptile in Namibian Desert

The Namib Desert

The Namib is considered to be our planet’s oldest desert. The geological record shows that the region has endured arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 80 million years, thanks to dry air from the cold Benguela Current along Namibia’s coast. A number of unusual species of plants and animals are found only in the Namib. One of these is the extraordinary Welwitschia, one of most bizarre plants on earth. Mature Welwitschia have short, woody trunks or crowns that send wide, strap-shaped leaves across the sand. These leaves may reach two metres (6 feet) in length and they grow continually as their tips flap in the wind and abrade away. Welwitschia plants live for centuries and some are thought to be more than 1,500 years old.

Photography by: Jofie Lamprecht