Holidays to Namibia are synonymous with the seemingly never ending stretches of west coast sands that eerily make way for the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and this dramatic landscape has just earned a place on UNESCO’s illustrious World Heritage List.
The Namib Sand Sea is popular with tourists given the fantastic shifting dune conditions available for four-wheel-drive vehicles to roam on but it is the unique characteristics of this region which has earned the revered accreditation.
The Namib Desert is categorised as a fog desert – a landscape where the only moisture is supplied by fog, and in the case of Namibia, from the Atlantic Ocean. While the fog provides an eye-catching setting, Namibia’s sandy coastline experiences extremely clear days with maximum visibility when the fog clears.
The World Heritage List totals 967 landmarks worldwide and aims to outline deeply cultural properties with significant value in terms of outstanding natural beauty. The Namib Sand Sea has now earned its place alongside stellar fellow African sites such as the Kilimanjaro National Park, Historic Cairo and Timbuktu.
Speaking at the 37th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC), chairman Sok An praised the announcement stating “I’d like to congratulate Namibia for the inscription of the Namib Sand Sea on the World Heritage List.”
While four-wheel-drive pursuits are obviously popular within the east African nation given the optimum dune conditions, the WHC also outlined the importance regarding keeping such an outstandingly beautiful region of Namibia in good condition with An continuing “Key issues today include managing the increasing demand for visitor access to pristine areas and preventing mineral exploration.”