Welcome to the land that time forgot
Why visit Sossusvlei?
Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow 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 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.
Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive.
All of the attractions surrounding Sossusvlei are easily accessible as all but the last 5 kilometers of the 65 kilometer drive to the vlei is tarred. Shuttles provide access to the last 5 kilometers, should you not have a 4×4 vehicle.
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Camping near Sossusvlei
For the adventurous, there are many campsites close to Sossusvlei. Pitch your tent and enjoy being close to nature. Enjoy evenings under the stars and days exploring all that the region has to offer.
Whether you are a family travelling on a budget or you are looking for a flexible stopover while exploring the region, there are a number of camps & lodges accommodation options to suit your needs
For the weary traveler looking for a relaxing experience in the desert, these Mid-range Lodges are the perfect base camp to explore Sossusvlei and the nearby attractions.
Despite the harsh desert surroundings, visitors to Sossusvlei are able to experience the beautiful area whilst staying in the most luxurious accommodation. Enjoy unsurpassed luxury in the desert.