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After five days in the Namib desert of Namibia, a dune is a dune is just another dune – but its really not.

In what appears as miles and miles of the same thing; sand, it may be difficult for some to spot the difference. However, each dune is different, each tells its own story and each is ever changing. There are the red dunes of Sossusvlei and the famous Dune 45, which in reality is no more beautiful or worth photographing than its next-door neighbour yet it remains the most photographed dune in the world.

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Further on the dunes give way to Dead Vlei and here the red sand stands against the vivid sky and the perished camel-thorn trees and makes for an idyllic setting for many a fashion and commercial photographer.

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Travel a bit further over small grassy hill like dunes and suddenly the dunes become petrified. They have literally turned to stone, like a statue, as if stunned by your arrival. They are no less beautiful but what perhaps is most astonishing at this point is you remain 4 hours from the sea and the initial source of all this sand.

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Closer to the sea and the dunes are what you expect them to be – white, sand-like structures, but they exceed your expectations in their sheer size. While I spent my days traversing through Namibia’s endless dune-scapes, what I discovered is that despite how it might appear, no two dunes are ever the same.

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Janine Avery

I am the first to confess that I have been bitten by the travel bug… badly. I am a lover of all things travel from basic tenting with creepy crawlies to lazing in luxury lodges; I will give it all a go. I am passionate about wildlife and conservation and come from a long line of biologists, researchers and botanists.