Desertscapes of Namibia


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Desertscapes of Namibia Authors: , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Struik Publishers (Pty) Ltd Pages: 112 Illustrations and other contents: 100 colour photographs, 1 colour map Languages: English, German ISBN: 9781868726936 Categories: , , ,

The Namib Desert is a harsh and forbidding place where survival is a constant struggle for its inhabitants: insects and mammals, plants and humans, all have to make adaptations in order to live in this inhospitable environment. It is this very starkness that gives the desert its unique beauty, its rippling dunes rising higher than any others in the world (they are visible from outer space). The Skeleton Coast has claimed the lives of many shipwrecked sailors over the years, while the eerie ghost houses at Kolmanskop, their rooms empty except for the advancing sand, bear witness to the relentlessness of the elements. The landscapes in this region are bizarre and haunting: the quiver tree forests near Keetmanshoop in the Kalahari; the Organ Pipes in the Kunene Region; the brooding presence of the Brandberg with its straggling welwitschia plants.

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Author Biography

Jean du Plessis worked for the Cape Town newspaper Die Burger for 30 years, covering all major South African news events, as well as rugby and cricket matches and fashion shoots (some in the Namib Desert). His fascination with Namibia dates back to 1986, since when he has been to Namibia 36 times, covering 200,000 km. Jean lives in Panorama, Cape Town, with his family. Tim O'Hagan, a writer and poet, is also the author of Spectacular Cape Town and Spectacular South Africa, as well as Wild Places of Southern Africa, Travel South Africa, and Cape Town - Tapestries and South Africa - Tapestries, all published by Struik Publishers. He lives in Hout Bay, Cape Town.