Standing atop the large red dunes of the Sossusvlei in the Namib –Naukluft Park in Namibia, leaves one utterly bewildered by the ridiculously beautiful and jaw dropping sight that greets him.
The breath-taking views, includes the Deadvlei, a ghostly expanse of dried white clay punctuated by skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees.
Located in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction which is a perfect specimen of Namibia’s unspoilt desert beauty.
It is renowned for its grandiose, warm red, star-shaped dunes contrasting against the stark white floors of the pans.
Its large, white, salt and clay pan is great food to the hungry eyes of tourists who have an unquenchable appetite for sightseeing.
No one would have ever thought sand would look this spectacular but a visit to the dunes in this area would leave you thinking twice about its exquisiteness.
Having developed over millions of years, the result of material flowing from the Orange River into the Atlantic, carried north and returned again to land by the surf, the dunes are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters.
Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes.
Driving towards Sossusvlei, there are also amazing sights that keep one on the edge of his seat.
These include Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45 which is the most popular viewpoint for tourists in the area and its fascinating shape and accessibility makes it the most photographed dune in the world.
Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy; the tallest dune in the area and Deadvlei complete the awe-inspiring list of attractions.
Visitors can also be treated to the beauty of the petrified dunes which are ancient dunes that are approximately 1 billion years old and have solidified into rock.
The sand dunes in the Namib are dynamic and change shape with the wind, those around the Sossusvlei area are known as “star dunes” due to the wind shaping them from all directions.
There are no accommodation headaches for travellers as the surrounding area is pregnant with lodges and camps that offer a wide variety of activities for guests to enjoy during their stay.
Guests can be treated to a plethora of activities like guided walks, game drives, hot-air ballooning over the dunes and star-gazing in what has been described as one of the best places to view stars, in the world.
Accommodation providers have services that are tailor made to suit the various needs of visitors.
From discerning travellers on the lookout for a luxurious desert retreat with all the desired conveniences to a family looking for self-catering accommodation to suit its budget, or an adventurous group looking for a campsite on which to pitch a tent, there is an establishment to suit the desired needs.
Be sure to visit the place and treat yourself to the best Namibia has to offer.