Sossusvlei

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With its striking red sand dunes contrasting against the blue sky and white salt pans, Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular attraction. It is home to some of the tallest in the sand dunes in the world. These dunes, part of the Namib dessert, have been formed over millions of years which bring an element of ancient wonder to the area. The dynamism of the dunes’ colours, from deep red to burnt orange and rich mauve, make for a photographer’s dream.

Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River from flowing any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean. However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert, the river seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years. During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab River fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes. When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year.

The Sossusvlei is the epitome of Namibia’s untouched desert landscape. Surrounding the area are a number of sights worth seeing. Dune 45 is the most photographed dune in the world. A climb to the top of the dune will leave you with panoramic views of the spectacular Dune Valley. Sesriem Canyon has been shaped over millions of years and is one of the few places in the area to hold water throughout the year.

Accommodation ranges from camping through to luxury lodges, but the vastness of the desert ensures an element of remoteness highlighting the true expansiveness of the area. If you’re not used to high temperatures, May to October is the best time to visit as temperatures are cooler making for an easier time exploring the dunes.

Both of us can still cannot believe the amazing trip we had to Namibia. Thank you so much for putting this program together for us Kerry. Your advice and ... Read more

Jack and Sally

Meet the Team

Melanie Macphail
Melanie Macphail
Tour Consultant

Heidi Bedford
Heidi Bedford
Tour Consultant

Anya Visser
Anya Visser
Tour Consultant

Gail Davis
Gail Davis
Tour Consultant

Tammy Harding
Tammy Harding
Tour Consultant

Kerry Ririe
Kerry Ririe
Tour Consultant

Susan Pattison-Wait
Susan Pattison-Wait
Managing Director & Tour Consultant

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