what to see / Sesriem Canyon

Sesriem Canyon The Sesriem Canyon, like its much bigger brother the Fish River Canyon, is invisible from even a short distance away. Closer inspection brings you to the brink of a sharp drop, but there is an easy path which takes you down into its depths. Located on the edge of the Namib Desert, the worlds oldest - it is easily accessible from Windhoek or Swakopmund. The canyon has a series of murky pools in which you can join the little fish for a dip if the water is high enough. Sesriem was an important source of water for the early inhabitants of this area, and even during dry times there is water in the upper reaches, where deep clefts in the rock reduce evaporation. Walking through the canyon takes you on a journey back to 10-20 million years ago, when sedimentary layers of gravel and sand were deposited and cemented together by lime. The ledges are now inhabited by pigeons, raucous pied crows and chattering starlings. But look a little higher and you might see a... read more  Read More

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