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adopt a fairy circle

Fairy circles are mysterious bare circles in the sand that dot the landscape along the edge of the Namib Desert stretching from the north-western Cape into southern Angola. The circles, which support little flora, are an integral part of the distinctive landscape of NamibRand Nature Reserve. Dune valleys and grassy plains are often speckled with fairy circles, making NamibRand the ideal place to view these unique phenomena.

While numerous scientists have researched these circles, no one has yet been able to conclusively determine their cause or purpose. Various theories of their origin have been suggested, including euphorbia poisoning, animal dust baths, meteor showers, termites and underground gas vents. In our modern world of advanced research, innovative technology, and information networks, it is refreshing to know that Nature can still keep some of her secrets.

You can add to your experience at Wolwedans by adopting a fairy circle, either for yourself or someone else. A numbered, clay disk will be placed in your specially chosen circle and you will receive a certificate acknowledging your donation and recording the exact GPS-coordinates of your fairy circle. All funds raised through this programme go directly to the NamibRand Conservation Foundation.

You can Leave your Mark in support of The AridEden Project by engraving a brass plaque with your name and fairy circle adoption date. This will be placed in our Village among other Leave your Mark dedications.