Namib Desert

The Namib Desert is almost completely uninhabited by humans and has an average of 180 days heavy fog but recently it received rain and hail.


The Namib Desert stretches from the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. It has an annual rainfall of just 2mm in the aridest regions to 200 millimetres at the escarpment. This makes the Namib, the only true desert in southern Africa.

The desert is bordered by the Atlantic ocean, meaning the coastal area is often covered in a thick layer of fog. The fog is present on average 180 days a year. It is this dense fog that makes it very dangerous for ships sailing past the area. Skeleton Bay is littered with shipwrecks. The fog, however, is the main source of moisture in the desert and thus a vital part of life.

The Namib desert is almost completely uninhabited by humans except for several small indigenous groups. Spread across different parts of the vast desert are varieties of animals. Wild horses roam free, seals make the shorelines their home and big game are dotted around the more hospitable parts of the desert.

Recently the area received a larger than normal amount of rainfall and even some large hailstones. The Gondwana Collection Nambia Facebook page shared some incredible images of the rain, the rivers and the animals soaking up the moisture. Water is life after all! Take a look at some of the incredible pictures below.

Sources: Wikipedia / Facebook
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