Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia

Sossusvlei

In the heart of the Namib-Naukluft Park, surrounded by a sea of ever-changing dunes lies Sossusvlei – a place of awe-inspiring beauty and home to some pretty spectacular scenery.

Burnt orange dunes tower into the vast blue sky, some 300 metres above the desert floor. It’s hard not to be moved by this desolate wilderness.

Scenic air and hot air balloon flights, sunset game drives, hiking trips, horseback trails and more await; and for those with an added sense of adventure, climbing the dunes is an unforgettable experience.

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Big Sand Dune, Sossusvlei, Namibia

Big Daddy Dune

Climb giant sand dunes, including the 325-metre-high Big Daddy, leaving a trail of footprints behind.

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Sossusvlei, Namibia

Dead Vlei

Visit the iconic Dead Vlei, with its cracked white landscape and eerie dead trees, set against the red dunes and blue sky.

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Balloon at dawn, Sossusvlei, Namibia

Dawn Balloon Flight

Take to the skies at sunrise and watch as the beautiful landscape below lights up with the first rays of the day.

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Horse riding, Namibia

Horse Riding

Explore this desert landscape on horseback. Options range from a couple of hours in the saddle to a multi-day riding safari.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Desert Homestead Lodge £££££

  • Namibia
  • Wilderness

Desert Homestead Lodge lies in a wide grassy valley, sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft mountains, and with views reaching the distant dunes of the Namib Desert in the west. It offers simple but comfortable accommodation in thatched chalets. All 26 are en suite and are decorated with white walls and dark wood riempie furniture. Each cottage has its own veranda with northern views extending to the Rotterkaum Mountains. Seven of the cottages are family suites, whilst there is also the two-bedroom Reiterhaus – perfect for families with teenage children.

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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Cradled against ancient mountains Sossusvlei Desert Lodge overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops – an unspoiled wilderness of vast spaces, endless horizons and rugged mountains. The Lodge offers luxurious accommodation in 10 free-standing glass and stone villas sympathetically built to the environment and designed to capture the splendour and solitude of the desert with absolute privacy.

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Wolwedans Boulders Camp £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Boulders Camp is part of the Wolwedans Collection. Boulders Camp is situated two hours south of the other Wolwedans lodges, deep in the heart of the private NamibRand nature reserve protected by massive granite rocks. This is certain to appeal to those looking for the ultimate desert escape, very far away from tourist crowds and busy lodges. With just four spacious rooms sited around the base of a boulder-strewn mountain, Boulders is private and exclusive.

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Hoodia Desert Lodge £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Tsauchab River, Hoodia Desert Lodge is an easy distance from the entrance to Sossusvlei and is an ideal location to visit Sesriem Canyon and the Namib Naukluft Park. This warm and inviting lodge has a relaxing feel and facilities include a main lounge, restaurant serving international and traditional cuisine, a swimming pool set in a raised deck and sculpted into natural rock and an outside terrace overlooking the Tsauchab River. There are 12 tented bungalows set in front of a beautiful mountain backdrop, each with indoor and outdoor bathrooms and views of the river or plains and mountains.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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