Book title: Touring Sesriem and Sossusvlei
Authors: Peter and Marilyn Bridgeford
Editor: Hugh Berry
ISBN 9991630775 / ISBN 99916-30-77-5
2nd revised edition. Walvis Bay, Namibia 2010
Softcover, 15 x 21 cm, 58 pages, throughout bw-illustrations, 3 maps
This guide, Touring Sesriem and Sossusvlei, is intended to make your visit more enjoyable and rewarding. By knowing something of the plants and animals that live in its sun baked vastness, its history, geology and ecology, we hope to make you aware of the many wonders to be seen in a small part of the Namib. We have only touched on some of the aspects of natural history and events past and present that have shaped this land. Perhaps you will want to protect the Namib for future generations, to marvel at the spectacular sights, the huge dunes and stately camel thorn trees, while experiencing the peace and tranquillity of the desert away from the hubbub of modern life. The Namib-Naukluft Park, one of the biggest Game Reserves in southern Africa, grew to its present size over a period of 90 years, the first area to be set aside for conservation was the gravel plain south of the Swakop River. To the west it bordered on the Walvis Bay enclave, then British territory. The southern border was south of the Kuiseb River and about as far east as the present day Namib Research Institute at Gobabeb.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NAMIB-NAUKLUFT PARK
WHAT IS A DESERT?
THE NAMIB DESERT
WHY IS THE NAMIBA DESERT?
HOW OLD IS THE NAMIB?
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN AND MEANING OF „NAMIB“?
WHERE DOES THE SAND COME FROM?
WHY DO THE DUNES HAVE VARIOUS COLOURS?
TYPES OF DUNES
FACILITIES AT SESRIEM
SESRIEMAND SESRIEM CANYON
GEOLOGY OF THE SESRIEM CANYON
ISLANDS IN THE DESERT
TSAUCHAB RIVER MINI-HIKE
THE FIRST RECORDED VISIT TO SOSSUSVLEI
SCORPIONS, SPIDERS AND SOLIFUGES (Arachnids)