Namibia Is Southern Africa's Desert Rose (PHOTOS) | Mark Sissons

Churning through the bone dry Huab River bed, our clay-caked land cruiser chases the setting sun and some of Africa's most elusive inhabitants.

"We're extremely lucky to run into such a large herd of desert adapted elephants," shouts guide Tristan Cowley over the roaring engine of what is likely the only safari vehicle within a hundred miles in this remote northwestern region of Namibia called Damaraland. After mounting a huge dune, we drop down to join Namibia's legendary desert survival specialists on their long march to water.

Desert adapted elephants are so behaviorally attuned to the hyper arid conditions of the Namib Desert that they routinely travel up to 150 miles witho