Kaokoveld desert

WWF Abstract

As the Namib Desert stretches along the coast between Namibia and Angola, the northernmost part is called the Kaokoveld Desert. The Kaokoveld falls within the northern summer rainfall area, with sporadic thunderstorms that barely quench the parched landscape between October and March. Despite this barren landscape comprised of towering sand dunes, valleys, and gravel plains, it is one of the richest deserts in the world. Amidst the hardpan, dry riverbeds and small waterholes provide sustenance to many species. Sparse vegetation is scattered across the landscape, with colorful lichens covering stones. Plants are dominated by desert grasses, which explode in a blanket of grass after intermittent rains. One of the most unusual plants found in the Kaokoveld and Namib is Welwitschia, with individuals ranging upwards to 2,500 years old.
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Ecozone:Afrotropic
Biome:Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Countries:Namibia, Angola
Area:11,264,000 acres (4,558,379 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Skeleton Coast Game Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER