The Namib Region

1200 kilometres long and 140 kilometres wide the Namib Desert is the oldest known and the most extreme on earth. The Namib is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the west, and extends from the Kunene River in the north for some 1600kms to the Orange River. The cold Benguela Current, sweeping northwards along the south-western coast of Africa, transports cold Antarctic waters into the warmer subtropical regions. This nutrient-rich current sustains a wealth of marine life and generates a life-giving fog, ensuring the survival of an intriguing variety of desert-adapted animals and plants.