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The Sossusvlei can be referred to as the “dead-end-marsh” of Namibia with the vast dunes and the glittering red sand. The Sossusvlei region of Namibia is generally the clay pans incredibly beautiful to attract the travellers across the globe. Sossusvlei is nothing but the series of sandbank spreading to the vast ground with inexhaustible numbers. The salt pans of Sossusvlei are spreading to an area of 300 kilometres, and stretching wide to about 140 kilometres. The dunes at Sossusvlei are high reaching up to 400 meters, some of them where are coming together as a barrier, holding back the flow of Tsauchab River. Now, these dunes are believed to be around 5 million years old that have slowly modified their characteristic to suit the deserts. The pans are the Sossusvlei major tourist attractions especially when they are filled with crystal water all enclosed within the large hills of the sand. The pans in the region are generally dry due to the climatic conditions, expect for the rainy seasons. Although Sossusvlei with its best sand hills of Namibia experience the dry desert climate but still houses an abundance of flora and fauna. The bliss for photographers, Sossusvlei is an attraction that is known for the immense panoramic beauty.

Places To visit In Sossusvlei

Sesriem Canyon

With the magnificent rock formation and the naturally craved canyon makes the Sesriem a major attraction for tourist at Sossusvlei. The site lies at a distance of 4.5 km away from the gate where the canyons are formed by the Tsuachab River that is the only site to hold water throughout the year.

Dunes 45

The dunes 45 is one of the magnificent attractions to explore near the Sossusvlei where one can capture the vast sand dune rising to a height. The dune is best to capture the sunset or the sunrise from the height of around 85 meters.

Big Daddy

The tallest sand hill with a height of 325 meters, Big Daddy is the major attraction for tourist at Sossusvlei. The dune attracts the tourist for hiking up and explore the vast area from the heighten distance.


The abundance of water, the vegetation and the rusty hues of the enclosed dunes make Deadvlei one of the major tourist spots at Sossusvlei. The pan at Deadvelie is home to the camel thorn tree boasting its white floor over the dusky vegetation.

Elim dunes

The Elim Dune with its partial lush vegetation and accessible distance of 5 km makes a great attraction for tourist at Sossusvlei. The dune is ideal to capture the sunrise and to spend the leisure sunset with the mountains falling over the east.

Namib Naukluft Park

The reserved area of Namib and Naukluft Mountains, the Namib Naufluft Park can be the best place to explore Sossusvlei with its diverse ecology. Spreading to an area of 49,800 sq km, the region protects the wildlife that includes the population of snakes, insects, geckos, hyenas and jackals.

NamibRand Nature Reserve

The Namib Rand Nature reserve is not just the attraction for tourist at Sossusvlei but also one of the largest private reserves at Africa. With the bets luxury lodges and the pressed flora and fauna for tourist, the reserve boasts the incredible beauty of nature.


With the array of small cafes, shops, bakery and rest houses, the Soltaire is a stopover falling on the way to Sossusvlei. The region even owns some of the best lodges you can find in the entire Sossusvlei region.

Best Time To Visit Sossusvlei

The dunes of Sossusvlei can be best explored during the month of March and May, extending to October. The dry month during the season makes the climate ideal for the desert safari where you can enjoy the dunes under the clear sky and enjoy the cold gust of air. The temperature remains mild and pleasurable during the day time and night making your stay comfortable at Sossusvlei. The autumn from March and spring to October is definitely the going to make your vacation ideal with the best time to explore Sossusvlei and the ideal climate for photography, hiking and spotting the wildlife.

Things To Do In Sossusvlei

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Helicopter Ride

The scenic landscape and the vast desert area covered with the dunes and pans are best to explore with a helicopter tour over the Sossusvlei. Cover up the Sesriem Canyon, the Dune 45 and Elim Dune with the hidden treasures at Namibia desert.

Hiking trail

Hike along the trail of the Naukluft Mountains at the Waterkloof Trail to experience the diverse geographical features and the landscape beauty of the region. The Waterkloof Trail is one of the recommended hiking tours for adventure at Sossusvlei.

Quad Buggies Trails

The Quad Buggies Trails are best way to explore Sossusvlei with the diverse landscape and magnificent surroundings. The tour takes you to the Desert Plains, the hills to witness sunset, and to the guided tour for exploring the wildlife of the desert.

Hot air balloon rides

Fly over the red sand desert and capture the red hues of the dawn with a Hot air balloon ride over Sossusvlei. The balloon ride will let you witness the glimpse of rising sun later accompanied by the view of high-rising dunes.

Tok Tokkie Trail

The ideal hiking trail at Sossusvlei, Tok Tokkie trail is known to be the best way to explore the inhabitants and the landscape of the desert. All from the kids, to adults, group travellers and the honeymooners, the trail has the best experience to offer during the Sossusvlei tour.

Sundowner at Sossusvlei

Enjoy the drinks and the refreshment with the drowning sun and the red hues in the sky diffusing with the red sand floor. The Sundowner Tour at Sossusvlei is best to experience the leisure and sunset amidst the sand dunes.

The driving tour of Sossusvlei

Drive through the deserted land of Namibia covering up the spectacular land of Sossusvlei and passing by the Deadvlei. This is somewhere the best way to explore the entire region of the desert and the adjacent attraction falling near Sossusvlei.

Bush Dinner

A bush dinner amidst the desert enclosed with the desert plains is the best thing to do at Sossusvlei. The lodges at Sossusvlei arrange special dinners or meals like breakfast with specialized activities to turn the tour more entertaining.

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How to Reach Sossusvlei

The Sossusvlei region of Namibia is accessible from the neighbouring attraction like Sesriem Windhoek or Swakopmund. The land route and the airways are connecting Namibia and the adjacent attraction to these white salt pans.

Via air- Windhoek is the main city connecting the Sossusvlei region to the rest of the Namibia and neighbouring country. The Hosea Kutako International Airport is the main international airport at Windhoek.

Via land- The land route of Sossusvlei is linked with Windhoek and Swakopmund passing through the Sesriem. There are driving tours operated to get transferred to Sossusvlei or one can easily opt for self-drive.

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