The Namib Desert lies between high inland plateau and the Atlantic Ocean, stretching more than 2,000 kilometers along the Atlantic Coast of three African countries. Views of miles after miles of shimmering sand dunes give picturesque views. It is almost uninhabited by man except for sparse settlements by indigenous pastoral communities. The shorelines are habitats for brown fur seals and numerous endemic and indigenous shorebirds. African bush elephants, mountain zebras, spotted hyenas, gemsbok and reptiles have also adapted to this habitat. Dunes, plains, unexpected rivers, foggy coast all in combination support this unexpected diversity of fauna. Rock paintings, tools and pottery in caves document a history of ancient human existence and activity. Hiking along fresh water fed lagoons gives a great bird watching experience.