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Travel Namibia 25 Sossusvlei Watching the sea fog spill over the sands of Sossusvlei, climbing curvaceous Dune 45 and marvelling at the skeleton trees on Dead Vlei, are the defining moments of many Namibian holidays. These are the better- known treasures of the Namib Naukluft. But the national park is one of the world's largest, and its wonders stretch way beyond that small area. Here are ten of our favourite things to do.... beyond Sossusvlei Beyond

26 Travel Namibia Essential Namibian2 tFeast your eyes on Sandwich Harbour This emerald and blue natural lagoon lies elegantly on the coastline of the Namib Desert, on the northern border of the Namib- Naukluft Park. It is a marine sanctuary that supports more than 50,000 birds in the summer time, 20,000 in the winter, and is one of the most important wetlands in southern Africa. Sandwich Harbour consists of southern mudflats and a northern freshwater wetland. The northern section is fed by a freshwater aquifer below the n1 Take the Tok Tokkie Trail p The Tok Tokkie trail gives an opportunity to walk through the intriguing scenery of the NamibRand, a 180,000- hectare private reserve that borders the Namib Naukluft. You sleep and dine under the stars, giving the energy of the desert a chance to seep into your soul. During the day, easy walking takes you through the varying terrain. Your knowledgeable guide will reveal the secret world of the desert which can't be experienced while driving, pointing out desert- adapted plants, white lady spiders found by identifying their tunnels in the sand, tenebrionid beetles – the namesake of the trail, golden moles, endemic dune larks and the barking geckoes whose mating calls dominate the early evenings. With lunch enjoyed under a camelthorn tree laden with a huge sociable weaver nest and nights spent looking through a telescope at starry wonders, the three- day, two- night, 22km trail gives you a chance truly to savour desert delights. n www. trailhopper. com by Ron Swilling Ron Swilling WOLWEDANS