In the dry deserts of Namibia bodies of water are a rare but welcome sight. The Tsauchab River, located in the Naukluft Mountains, carved its way through the well-known Sesriem Canyon, leaving one of the most popular geological destinations in the country in its wake.
Though dry most of the year, Tsauchab River levels can rapidly rise during rainy season, giving way to dangerous flash flooding and creating a small, temporary lake in the Sossusvlei salt pan. Travelers will likely find nearby campsites and guest houses to be a welcome respite in what can otherwise feel like the middle of nowhere.
The river is about 100 kilometers long and runs through the southern portion of the Naukluft Mountains and the Sesriem Canyon. The river only exists during rainy season, between December and March.