"Don't wander off existing roads and tracks!" Top 5 Page for this destination Namib-Naukluft Park Warnings Or Dangers Tip by CatherineReichardt

  Deserts are fragile ecosystems ...
by CatherineReichardt
 
 

Deserts may be harsh places, but they are actually incredibly fragile ecosystems which often takes years - and even decades - to recover from damage. A stark illustration of this is that if you look at aerial photographs of the southern Namib in the Sperrgebeit area (to which public access is forbidden), you can still clearly make out the tracks that were established by drilling rigs undertaking diamond exploration back in the 1960s and 70s. That's how long desert ecosystems take to recover.

It is therefore absolutely critical that you remain on established roads and tracks rather than beating a path of your own across virgin ground.

As an added incentive, the possibility of getting stuck if you have wandered off an existing track are also much higher, and your chances of being helped by passing traffic should this happen are proportionately lower, so it's the sensible - as well as the environmentally responsible - thing to do.

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  • Updated Mar 7, 2012
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