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