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. Using our international travel planner, Namib-Naukluft Park attractions like Deadvlei can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This place is amazing, the dead trees on the clay pan are special. Go early as the crowds build after 8am. Also get a different perspective and climb the dune next to the Deadvlei and look down on it....  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    One has never seen as Central Europeans anything yet. The peace and quiet you can feel, the light, just great!
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  • August 11, 2017
    Deadvlei is a very special place that you really must visit if you go to Namibia. The Valley is enclosed between the dunes and the old, dead trees make this place very special. The best time to go up there is at sunrise, then the light beautifully and there are not yet many visitors.
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  • August 22, 2017
    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.
  • March 14, 2017
    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.
  • April 22, 2017
    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!
  • January 21, 2017
    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.
  • March 26, 2017
    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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