You might have seen these iconic red sand dunes spamming your social media feed or popping up when you click the ‘image’ button when googling ’Nambia’ for the first time. As you might have already seen, the images of these sand dunes are absolutely mind-blowing but we would highly recommend getting your mind blown in person and seeing these magnificent sandy mountains for yourself, an experience that will stick with you forever.
Situated in Namibia’s largest conservation area called the Namib-Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei itself is a dry clay and salt pan at the end of the very rarely running Tsauchab River, however this whole area is now commonly referred to as Sossuvlei, meaning ‘Dead-End Marsh’. Some of these red sand dunes reach up to 400 meters high as the expanse of the Namib, the world’s oldest desert, seems to roll on forever as you look from atop. The Namib is home to an array of fauna and flora that have adapted themselves to this harsh, dry climate, including the spotted and brown Hyena, known to hunt seals, as well as the adapted desert elephant, lion and other animals both big and small that all this place home. The Welwitschia plant can also be found here…and only here.
It is advised to get into Sossuvlei at sunrise which provides incredible photo opportunities with soft, low golden light as well as allowing you to escape the heat of the day in order to hike up to the top of the dunes before the sand becomes unbearable hot. The 65km road from Sesriem Gate is paved however the last 5 kilometres turns to thick sand, so a 4x4 is needed otherwise shuttles are provided.
Our Sossusvlei and Etosha Highlights:
The early bird catches the worm - wake up early and head out at sunrise allowing you to snap some incredible imagery in the golden light.
See the Wildlife
Keep your eyes peels for animals that call the desert home. You should more than likely come across antelope such as Gemsbok (Oryx), Springbok and Ostrich on your drive through the park.
Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the dunes at sunrise to get a unique aerial perspective.
Walk the Dunes
If you’re feeling active, take a walk, jog or crawl (the pace is entirely up to you) to the top of some of the dunes, namely Dune 45 or Big Daddy.
Picnic in the Wild
Pack a picnic and enjoy breakfast set amongst the dunes.