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“A long way to walk to see a dead tree!”
Review of Deadvlei

Deadvlei
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Deadvlei and Sossusvlei Tour by ATV
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Owner description: This is near Susselvlei in Namibia . No pictures can do this justice. It is a huge salt pan created about 900 - 1000 years ago. It takes a 30 minute trek into the desert - and on arrival, it would take about another 30 minutes to walk across it. The trees that existed in the river bed have fossilised and stand like stark skeletons dark silhouettes against the white of the salt and the red of the surrounding dunes which rise 300 metres around it. A visit to this gives one the feeling of a visit to the beginning of time.
Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is a "must see place" and hundreds of people where here when we visited early one morning. I love the desert but really failed to see why this bit was so popular .. except everyone is encouraged to go and see it.

Having said that the sand dunes are spectacular .. just not the dead trees

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

First of all, you will need your own 4x4 or pay $10 per person round trip to get out to the Deadvlei and Big Daddy Dunes. There are frequent shuttles at the end of the road. No reservations or prepayment necessary. They depart and return on an as needed basis. The same shuttle also goes to Soussuvlei. We did not arrive at sunrise but did not feel like this impacted our experience.
We spent about 1 1/2 hours there. We didn't climb all the way to Big Daddy, but got 3/4 of the way there, and ran down. Nice vistas.
We booked two days in our campsite, but after spending 1/2 a day in the area inside the national park, we felt this was enough. It was very windy and hot in October.

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Reviewed November 17, 2013

Visiting the deadvlei is an amazing experience. The trees are all over appr. 800 years old and even though they are dead, they have not disintegrated as one would think. A must see in one of the oldest deserts

Thank EdwinaRies
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

We went at mid-day because it was a long drive to get there. We were the only couple in Dead Vlei so it was really quiet and interesting. However, the heat was too much and my wife felt very ill on the 30 minute walk back to the truck. The transport in/out for the final 4Km for those without 4wheel drive was very efficient. If you go when it is cooler I guess it will be busier!

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Dead Vlei with its dead acacia trees, some of these over 500 years old, looks like from a different planet. Climb the Big Daddy dune for fantastic views of Dead Vlei from the top and then just walk straight down the dune to Dead Vlei. Your shoes will be full of sand but it was a lot of fun.

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