The Ascent

I have climbed some sand dunes before but never as high as these sand dunes in Namibia.

Usually, the tour guides will give you some guidance for the climb.P1030277

These rules, although quite common sense, should best be followed.

You started off the climb as early in the day as possible, say just before sunrise. Of course, it will be best if you go there in the cooler season.P1030273

You stay on the dark side of the dune – so that the sand is not as hot.

You walk bare feet.P1030280

Don’t forget to bring snacks and water.

Always conserve your energy; make sure that you have energy to climb up to the very top.P1030281

Have a mask ready in case the wind blows up a lot of sand.

These pictures were taken by my wife earlier last month in Namibia, Africa.



Sand Dunes in Namibia (Video)

For those who are interested in viewing of a short video on trekking on the crest of the sand dune in Namibia, please click:

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My previous picture was extracted from this video.

Please enjoy 🙂

The Namib Desert

Here are a couple of Namib desert photos taken by my wife last month.

The Namib is a coastal desert in Southern Africa.P1030244

Here is an introduction from Wikipedia:

The name Namib is of Nama origin and means “vast place”. According to the broadest definition, the Namib stretches for more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa, extending southward from the Carunjamba River in Angola, through Namibia and to the Olifants River in Western Cape, South Africa. The Namib’s northernmost portion, which extends 450 kilometres (280 mi) from the Angola-Namibia border, is known as Mocamedes Desert, while its southern portion approaches the neighboring Kalahari Desert.P1030245

From the Atlantic coast eastward, the Namib gradually ascends in elevation, reaching up to 200 kilometres (120 mi) inland to the foot of the Great Escarpment. Annual precipitation ranges from 2 millimetres (0.079 in) in the most arid regions to 200 millimetres (7.9 in) at the escarpment, making the Namib the only true desert in southern Africa. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for roughly 55–80 million years, the Namib may be the oldest desert in the world and contains some of the world’s driest regions.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundary (Resonant Sand Desert)

This is a boundary between the desert and the non- desert ( is there a word for it?)

This is as far as horses and cars can go; as far as trees and grass can establish.

As far as rivers will run.DSCF2241

Beyond this, the sand dunes start; when the wind blows, it sings as the sand shifts.

That’s why they call it Resonant Sand Desert.

It is in Inner Mongolia, China.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale (Sand Carving, Inner Mongolia)

<This post contains 3 photos> Here are three photos taken at the Resonant Sand Desert in Inner Mongolia.DSCF2269 These are enormous sand carvings of Mongolian figures.DSCF2270A In two of the photos, you will see visitors on the side, giving you a sense of the scale.DSCF2271A It is not uncommon to see sand carvings on beaches, but to see them in desert is my first time. Please enjoy 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale (Inner Mongolia)

From the size of the three visitors in the image, you will appreciate the scale of the sand dunes in Inner Mongolia, as well as the scale of the clouds formation.DSCF2285

The picture looks a bit surreal with the clouds, the sand dunes, the visitors,  the Mongolian yurts and the color umbrellas.




Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow (in the Desert)

Believe me, this is not a made up or composite photo.

We were travelling in Inner Mongolia; in the Resonant Sand Desert.DSCF2246

I love the clouds, the sand dunes and more than anything else, the yellow umbrella that appeared so inviting under the hot desert sun.

Travel Theme: Dry

The travel theme for this week is Dry.

This is one of the driest areas we have been visiting.

All we saw were sand dunes stretching for miles and miles.CIMG2046

The image was taken in the Resonant Sand desert in Inner Mongolia , China.

We needed a lot of protection from the sun, drank a lot of water and hydrated our skin with moisturizer.

Looking at this image brought back memories of the dryness that we have never experienced!