The ephemeral rivers that bisect the region form linear oases as they meander their way west towards the sea. For most of the region though, the most reliable form of water is the fog created when the icy Atlantic waters meet the warm air of the coast. The lifeline that these rivers and sea fog give supports the nomadic ochre painted Himba people with their intricate hair styles and traditional dress. Whilst the vegetation that fringes the river courses provide sustenance to a diverse array of superbly desert adapted wildlife such as black rhino, elephant, gemsbok, giraffe and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. There is also a small but sadly endangered population of lion and the shy and odd-looking brown hyena.
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