On safari in Namibia, Brett Atkinson goes wild for towering sand dunes, rare lions and the cobalt coast

Dwarfed by a parked Boeing and Airbus, we're flying in one of Namibia's smallest planes to the planet's oldest desert. And upfront with South African pilot Gunther in Wilderness Air's nimble Cessna 210 is definitely the best place to watch the 55 million-year-old cinematic scroll of the Namib Desert unfolding below us.

Less than a minute from Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport, the sky-high calligraphy of dry river beds contrasts with savagely sculptured escarpments while a hazy terracotta blur of red sand

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