Namib Desert, Sossusvlei

4.6
#5 of 14 in Parks in Khomas Region
Discover life crawling underneath the barren red dunes of Namib Desert. Stretching along the Atlantic coast, the desert features a vast clay pan, referred to in local language as the "place of no return," and black dead trees scorched by the sun, which are more than 900 years old. Hop on 4x4 vehicle with a local guide to explore this vibrant world of small vermin hiding beneath the sand. As you stand on a steep dune slope looking over the seemingly barren desert, you might feel like the only living creature on this arid land. Before you head to Namib-Naukluft Park, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Namib-Naukluft Park journey builder website , to make sure you see all that Namib-Naukluft Park has to offer, including Namib Desert.
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  • Be sure to get to the park as soon as it opens. The temperature climbs quickly, and by 11 am it is quite hot in the dead vlei. Walking in the fine, loose sand is quite taxing unless you are fairly fit...  more »
  • Just amazing scenery; stark, sandy but beautiful. I loved the way the sand dunes changed colour between the early morning and later in the day.  more »
  • What an incredible place! These dunes are the world's highest and are stable. See them at sunrise or sunset - you won't believe the colors of the sand.  more »
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  • My first experience of going to a desert. It was amazing! The views are spectacular! To see so much 'untouched' nature was a real treat. Would love to visit again!
  • What a beautiful area. Take lots of pics at sunrise and sunset as this is the time when it is at its most spectacular. In the summer and if you are camping and have a fridge bring a lot of those frozen guava ice cream things. I think on one excruciatingly hot day it may have saved my life!
  • Awesome to enjoy the different views of earth's oldest desert. From rocky plains to sand dunes. The trips to the moon landscape and the Welwitschia drive are also very beautiful but should be visited with a 4x4 with big wheels since roads are very shaky from time to time.
  • It's a desert, what more to say, sand sand and more sand. But it is amazing sand. Definitely worth the visit.
  • What can one say? Its a desert, totally beautiful and a "must have" experience. As can be expected, the days are hot and dry but early in the evening, when it's relatively cooler, the place is just so awesome. Great views and countless stars.
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