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  Dune 45
by toonsarah

OK I have to be honest ? I didn?t climb Dune 45, but Chris did and told me all about it, so I figure I know enough to describe it here! Basically it?s a huge pile of sand and you climb up it ? and if you think that sounds easy you?ve obviously never walked on even a small seaside dune. For every step you take forwards you slip almost the same amount backwards, which means it takes a very long time and a lot of effort to get to the top. And this is no ordinary dune ? it?s one of the largest in the Namib Desert, at over 150 metres high. From the top (apparently) you get a great view of red sand in waves of dunes on all sides.

If you blow up my photo and peer at it carefully, Chris is the small figure just to the right of the dark shaded area at the top of the dune!

Directions: On the Sossusvlei road, 45 km from Sesriem - hence the name!
Website: http://www.namibian.org/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 23, 2006
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