Sossusvlei is one of the Africa’s most popular natural attractions, with its impressive red sand dunes that surround the white salt and clay pan.

Why Visit

Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes and located in the Namib Desert, is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Sossusvlei, in short, is a large, white, salt and clay pan, known mostly for the surrounding dunes reaching up to 400m high, some of the highest in the world.

Deadvlei, or “dead marsh”, sits amongst the dunes, a forest frozen in time. Deadvlei is a clay pan known for its dark, dead camel thron trees and white pan floor. This natural attraction is located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest conservation area in Africa.

What To See

  • Hot air ballooning is a perfect way to see the sunrise over Sossusvlei and view the spectacular shadows and colour changes of 'The Dunes'
  • Deadvlei is a paradise for photographers given the contrast between black trees, white ground, red dunes and blue sky
  • Sesriem Canyon, shaped over millions of years by the Tsauchab River, is a naturally carved canyon about 1m long and 30m deep
  • Dune 45 has become the most photographed sand dune in the world due to its fascinating shape and its close proximity to the Sesriem Gate
  • Big Daddy is the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area at 325m
  • Pristine, dark and clear night skies are perfect for stargazing, some accommodations allow you to sleep under the stars


10 Day Luxury Namibia: Sand Dunes and Safari

Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Palmwag & Ongava Private Game Reserve

Photograph the red Sossusvlei dunes in the morning light and the tree skeletons standing starkly across the floor of Dead Vlei. Sleep under the starry skies of the Namib. Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast area and has plenty of activities to keep visitors happy. Go desert rhino tracking in Damaraland and enjoy game drives in Etosha National Park and in the Ongava Private Game Reserve. 

12 Day Best Of Namibia Self-Drive Tour

Windhoek, Okonjima Nature Reserve, Etosha South, Twyfelfontein, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei

An easy self-drive tour which covers the highlight attractions of Namibia - Okonjima - home to the AfriCat Foundation, the iconic Etosha National Park for excellent wildlife viewing, beautiful Damaraland, Swakopmund with its large variety of activities on offer and the towering dunes which Namibia is famous for at Sossusvlei. This is one not to be missed.

9 Day Luxury Namibia: Landscapes & Culture

Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Palmwag & Kunene

The solitude and stark beauty of the Namib Desert, a hot air balloon ride is the best way to appreciate the awe-inspiring views of the dramatic scenery below. Palmwag in Damaraland is an original, exclusive wilderness experience and offers the possibility of seeing some of the largest free-ranging population of desert-adapted elephant and black rhino in Africa. The Kunene region provides the most authentic Himba cultural experience in all of Namibia.

6 Day Namibia Sand Dunes & Wildlife Safari

Etosha National Park, Etosha South, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei

Experience the highlights of Namibia, a wildlife safari in one of Africa’s best reserves - Etosha National park, a stopover in the quaint Atlantic coast town of Swakopmund and a visit to the towering red sand dunes at Sossusvlei. Basic (clean, comfortable with en-suite bathroom) accommodation, most meals are prepared by the guide.

Departs weekly on Tuesdays, a pre-tour night in Windhoek is required on Monday night. Tour arrives back in Windhoek the following Sunday at approximately 15.30, therefore a post-tour night in Windhoek is also required unless a flight is booked after 18.00.

10 Day Namibian Explorer Camping Tour

Okonjima Nature Reserve, Etosha East, Etosha South, Palmwag, Twyfelfontein, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei

The Namibian Explorer offers all the main Namibian highlights in a two week holiday time frame. The tour starts with a visit to the Africat Foundation at Okonjima to meet and learn about Africa’s Big Cats. Then Etosha National Park for some concentrated game viewing, exiting the park we travel to Africat North and to a Himba village where you are brought into touch with some of Namibia’s ancient traditions before travelling to Twyfelfontein (UNESCO Heritage Site). Then to Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast which offers time for some adventure sport adrenaline. Our final stop is the Namib Desert where we spend two nights close to the awesome sand dunes at Sesriem and Sossusvlei, the world’s tallest dunes in the world’s oldest desert.

7 Day Southern Namibia Highlights Experience

Mariental, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz & Sossusvlei

The South is nothing short of a magical experience. Here you will experience the true heart of Namibia and see unique landscapes that will colour the rest of your life. The seven day Southern Swing has been designed to give you a short but comprehensive safari around the main highlights of Southern Namibia. First night of the tour is spent in the Kalahari area of Namibia before we continue to the mighty Fish River Canyon. Visit the small town of Aus where you will have the opportunity to visit the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop and Luderitz before ending with 2 nights in the world’s oldest desert, where you will stroll among the world’s highest sand dunes.


Namib Dune Star Camp


Namib Dune Star Camp is located 60 km north of Sesriem. Escape from the world. A transfer leads you into a vast desert wilderness to 9 wooden cabins. After checking in an optional guided hike is offered to explore the area. As soon as the dunes have transformed to gold and the distant mountains glow purple, it’s time to wheel beds onto balconies.

Sossusvlei Lodge


Luxury right at the entrance gate to Sesriem Canyon and the famous Sossusvlei. Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers its guests direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.

Little Kulala


A welcome oasis situated on the dry Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Little Kulala celebrates the splendour and solitude of the Namib Desert. Excursions to Sossusvlei, nature drives, walks and eco-sensitive quad biking, explore this fascinating landscape. A balloon safari (at extra cost) offers an awe-inspiring experience soaring silently above the desert. 

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