Existing for at least 55 million years, the Namib is one of the oldest deserts in the world.
Where is it?
The Namib Desert is located in Namibia in Africa and is approximately 80,900km². This desert habitat is a varied landscape, consisting of shifting sand dunes, rugged mountains and gravel plains.
What animals can be found here?
In spite of its harsh, dry landscape, this unfriendly habitat is teeming with wildlife including rhinos and elephants (which have specially adapted to life here), lions, gemsbok, hartemans zebra and black-faced impala. Around 3,500 species of plants are also found here.
Do people live here too?
Yes they do. Although living conditions in this environment are tough, over 80,000 people made up of different ethnic groups live in the Kunene region alone. Most make a living through livestock farming (cattle, goats and sheep) and many live a nomadic lifestyle which means they travel from place to place.
I never knew that!
Namibia is over three times the size of the UK, yet has a population 30 times smaller than ours – just two million!