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Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia


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.


What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Big Daddy Dune

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

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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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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

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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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

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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Illona put together a really good itinerary less than 6 weeks before departure. She was very efficient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Illona has arranged African trips for us before and she was as committed and helpful as ever.


Jackie knew about the skeleton coast trip and was able to advise us on the suitability for a 10-year-old.


Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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