SOSSUSVLEI

SOSSUSVLEI

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TRAVEL TO SOSSUSVLEI

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Sossusvlei means ‘the gathering place of water”. Finding water here though, is a very rare occurrence. Instead, you’ll find the highest sand dunes in the world, Namibia’s most outstanding scenic attraction.

The dunes are part of the Namib Desert and have developed over a period of millions of years. Climbing to the top of one of these dunes provides breath-taking views of the whole area, including Deadvlei, a large, ghostly expanse of dried white clay punctuated by skeletons of ancient camel thorn trees, carbon-dated between 500-600 years old.

The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset when the dunes refract spectacular colours, ranging from burnt orange to deep reds. It’s a photographer’s dream.

At the entrance to Sossusvlei is the Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge which plunges down for 30 – 40 metres, about 1 km in length. At the foot of the gorge are deep pools of water which are replenished after good rains.

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May to October

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HIGHLIGHTS

DUNE 45: Here you have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world's most photographed sand dune composed of five million year old sand.

DUNE 45: Here you have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world's most photographed sand dune composed of five million year old sand.

DEAD VLEI: A white clay pan famous for its unique landscapes of dead acacia trees and parched ground.

DEAD VLEI: A white clay pan famous for its unique landscapes of dead acacia trees and parched ground.

HOT AIR BALLOONING: “Up, up and away" as you sail silently over the reddish dune sea of the Namib, adding yet another exhilarating dimension to your visit to the desert.

HOT AIR BALLOONING: “Up, up and away" as you sail silently over the reddish dune sea of the Namib, adding yet another exhilarating dimension to your visit to the desert.

STARGAZING: A never-to-be- forgotten experience of the exceptional star-studded skies of Namibia with your guide, who introduces the main constellations around the Milky Way.

STARGAZING: A never-to-be- forgotten experience of the exceptional star-studded skies of Namibia with your guide, who introduces the main constellations around the Milky Way.

SESRIEM CANYON: Explore the canyon’s stunning rock formations which are millions of years old, and where water is found all year round.

SESRIEM CANYON: Explore the canyon’s stunning rock formations which are millions of years old, and where water is found all year round.