Mesmerising orange dunes encircling a fossilised tree-dotted salt pan
Sossusvlei is a striking salt and clay pan found in the vast Namib Desert. The name translates to “dead-end marsh” and the area is especially famous for its immense sand dunes. Situated in a conservation area, Namib-Naukluft National Park, it is a pristine example of desert magnificence with no shortage of attractions to amaze you. Find out why this is one of the most visited places in Namibia as you surround yourself with a multitude of desert-adapted fauna and flora along with the ever-changing shapes of the mesmerising dunes.
See contrasting vibrant dunes and skeletal camelthorn trees set in white clay at Deadvlei
Explore the 325 m high Big Daddy, the tallest dune in Sossusvlei
Admire the incredible Sesriem Canyon shaped by the Tsauchab River
Enjoy a peaceful desert walk to the hidden gem aptly known as Hiddenvlei
Climb the 85 m high Dune 45 to unlock sweeping desert views worth photographing
Engage the alluring desert with quad biking, game drives, and hot-air ballooning
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Best time to go to Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei is in a hot desert with minimal rainfall, so the best time to visit is in the cooler months, between April and September. At this time, the weather is fantastic for outdoor activities such as dune climbing, safari drives, or watching the stars next to a campfire. Keep in mind that the high season is between July and November, so you can expect higher prices. Conversely, the summer season in Namibia is between November and February. This period has warm nights and extremely hot days, although the desert evenings can still be cool.
Featured Sossusvlei stays
Found on a riverbed with the Naukluft Mountains looming from the east