The Sossusvlei area is fed by a river called the Tsuachab River – the dunes actually prevent the entire pathway of this river. The Tsuachab River only flows right through Sossusvlei every 5 to 10 years, making it a rare sight to see. The Sossusvlei dunes are about 6 0km from the Sesriem gate which is about an hours drive.
The best times to visit these dunes are either at sunrise or at sunset. Midday at Sossusvlei is extremely hot and with the red sand absorbing the midday heat it becomes too hot to enjoy. If you would like to climb one of these magnificent Namibian sand dunes then we recommend doing it when the weather is cooler.
The Sossusvlei Dunes are a highlight on any Namibian safari, and can measure up to a massive 300m! The older a dune in the Sossusvlei region, the brighter the red colour of the sand, ensuring that a sunrise or sunset spent in the viewing of these dunes makes for a magical memory!
On one of our Namibia safari packages that features a trip to the Sossusvlei Dunes, you’ll be provided with the opportunity to climb on these magnificent dunes – although we’d highly recommend doing so when the weather is cooler!
A popular attraction within this popular attraction is Dune 45 – the famous red sand mound that every visitor to the region chooses to climb! It is 170m high and can be climbed barefoot at the cooler times of the day.
Take a look at our list of Namibia safari packages that pass through the Sossusvlei Dunes in the Namib Desert, or read up about the other safari attractions that magnificent Namibia has to offer!