Sossusvlei, Namibia

Sossusvlei is an area within the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Its desert scenes are similar to a painting. As the fourth largest national park in the world, Namib-Naukluft National Park holds a diverse range of wildlife. With a backdrop of the dramatic Naukluft Mountains, shifting terracotta dunes and vast savannah, this 50 000 km sq national park is a visual feast. 

Despite being a desert, the area is home to a wide range of animal and plant life. Giraffe, African wild cat, aardvark, leopard, and black backed jackals are but a few of the desert-adapted species. Terracotta sand dunes are filled with tracks of desert life, scatterings of tiny insects, spiders, chameleons, geckos, and moles. A tour with a professional guide opens up a whole world of creatures missed by the untrained eye. 

The Namib desert is the oldest in the world, as well as containing the world’s highest dunes, the most famous being Big Daddy and Dune 45. At the foot of Big Daddy lies the hauntingly beautiful ‘deadvlei’ – a graveyard of tree skeletons frozen in time in cracked white clay. 

Quad bikes, hot air balloons, star gazing, desert hikes, and cave expeditions are but a few of the ways to experience the area. Sometimes referred to as the land that time forgot, its vast, unchanging rugged landscape is captivating.

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