The highest peak in Namibia at 2573masl, Brandberg Mountain (“Fire Mountain”) is so named for the glow which emanates from the pink granite at sunset. Standing on the flat Namib gravel plain, the dome-shaped Brandberg can be seen from miles around, and being only 80km from the coast, was used as a landmark by sailors.
There are over 43,000 ancient San rock paintings in 879 locations on the Brandberg, the most famous being the White Lady frieze, believed to have been painted over 1,800 years ago.
Trekking in the Brandberg can be tough due to the terrain and hot climate, and wildlife scarce with mammals small and inconspicuous. However, scorpion species are found there in greater numbers that in the whole of Southern Africa.