Namib is a coastal desert in southern Africa, and it was of Nama origin and means “vast place”. It is stretched for more than 2,000 kilometers along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. It is spanning the southward from the Carunjamba River in Angola to the Olifants River in Western Cape, South Africa.
The Namib’s northernmost portion extends 450 kilometers from the Angola-Namibia border. It is known as Moçâmedes Desert. Its southern portion is approached toward the neighboring Kalahari Desert. It gradually ascends in elevation from the Atlantic coast eastward, and next it reaches up to 200 kilometers inland to the foot of the Great Escarpment. The precipitation is annually ranged from 2 millimeters in the most arid regions to 200 millimeters at the escarpment. This is making the Namib the only true desert in southern Africa.