Deadvlei, Sossusvlei

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See some of the highest sand dunes in the world at Deadvlei, one of the most arid yet remarkably picturesque landscapes on the continent. As you reach the barren clay pan, notice that only a few skeletons of trees stand above the dry earth, while only a few species of plants survive off the dawn mist and extremely rare rainfalls. During your visit, wear a hat or sunscreen and always carry extra water. Add Deadvlei and other attractions to your Namib-Naukluft Park trip itinerary using our Namib-Naukluft Park trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • Walk through the scorching dunes to arrive at a mystical white salt pan littered with the stumps of dead trees. A surreal experience and well worth the exhausting walk to reach the valley.  more »
  • The views seen in the photo look with your own eyes! With that in mind how to Namibia. 4WD in the Namib Naukluft Park to open with the Sun Gate, aiming at getting back. It's Boing brain running in deep sand, so in the car body. In the desert about 1 km walk from the parking lot. The land of longing while being taken feet deep under the intense sun, Sandy finally arrived. Alien space surrounded by red sand dunes, while no words. It once was in the swamp where even 900 years ago withered trees were unbelievable were the mysterious space. In Namibia most took the photo spot. Visit I recommend the. Not take do not stay in the Naukluft Park Lodge take at sunrise, at that famous photo shoot.
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  • Of course the sossusvlei is a must see when visiting (west)Namibia. The organisation however, ran by NWR could be a lot better. If you go early to the deadvlei, you probably have a jeep waiting for yo...  more »
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  • I have been there in august 2017. I rented a regular car (VW Vivo). You can do this trip from Windhoek in a regular car. Of course, a 4x4 is better.
  • 4X4 is needed but don't miss out on this when in the Sossusvlei area although try time it for close to sunset or sunrise for the best photos, you are also likely to be one of the only ones there then. A magical experience. Allow enough time to return to the park exit gates which takes around an hour.
  • What a place! It feels like you're not even on Earth anymore. If you're going to Namibia and only visit Deadvlei it would be worth it! Best to go early morning for good photos and less people. It's quite a hike from the car park to the Salt Pan, about 30mins so in the afternoon it will be quite hot. Try to time your day if planning to visit Big Daddy Dune and Dune 45. Drink a lot of water!
  • This almost otherworldly photo of Namibia’s Dead Vlei says it all: withered trees anchored in a white-clay pan, standing in striking contrast to an intensely colored, towering sand dune. The trees have been there for hundreds of years, reminders of when river waters cooled and hydrated this now scorched earth. It was a surreal island of silence and heat … we hiked one lonely mile without navigation and maps to find Dead Vlei. It was a masterpiece of nature: abstract shapes and unbelievable bright colors.
  • Must see in the sesriem region. If you come early (directly at gate opening) or after visiting dune 45 there won't be many people. There is a possibility to walk on top of a close by dune, to have an astonishing view.

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Where to stay in Namib-Naukluft Park

Accommodation options in Namib-Naukluft Park mostly concentrate in and around the small settlement of Sesriem, known for its proximity to the picturesque scenery of the Sossusvlei salt marsh. Numerous campsites, rental chalets, as well as some upscale lodges and resorts dot the landscape, providing all the modern facilities you'll need to explore the vast national park from a comfortable base.
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