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Deserts and dunes
Clay and salt pans
Sesriem Canyon
Tropic of Capricorn
Gemsboks
Black-backed jackal
Dassie rat
Pied crow
Lizards
Tok-tokkie beetle

Deserts
The huge sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the nearby Deadvlei clay pan are extremely photogenic, with the baked white clay forming a stark contrast against the red sand. Deadvlei is dotted with dead camel thorn acacias which have been carbon-dated at between 500 and 600 years old. This clay pan has been dry since the Tsauchab River changed its course hundreds of years ago. We left the Namib-Naukluft via Sesriem Canyon, crossed the Tropic of Capricorn and headed to the Atlantic coast.
Larger animals were scarce in the deserts, but the Etosha salt pan was a good location for the gemsboks or southern oryx which I had hoped to see on the sand dunes. We did see a cheeky black-backed jackal near the car park at Sossusvlei, and pied crows were also quite a common sight.
Deserts and dunes

Sossusvlei sand dunes
Weaver bird nest in tree
Sossusvlei sand dunes Sossusvlei sand dune
Baked clay and sand at Sossusvlei Patterns in the sand at Sossusvlei

Clay and salt pans
Deadvlei Deadvlei
Deadvlei Etosha Pan

Sesriem Canyon

Sesriem Canyon
Tropic of Capricorn

Tropic of Capricorn

Gemsboks
Gemsboks or southern oryx
Gemsboks or southern oryx Gemsboks or southern oryx
Gemsbok or southern oryx Gemsbok or southern oryx
Gemsboks or southern oryx
Black-backed jackal
Black-backed jackal Black-backed jackal

Dassie rat
Dassie rat Dassie rat

Pied crow
Pied crow Pied crow
Pied crow Pied crow

Lizards
Lizard Lizard

Tok-tokkie beetle

Tok-tokkie beetle
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