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“Go for Sunrise”
Review of Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei
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Owner description: This area is best known for its sand dunes, which are often considered the highest in the world.
Reviewed March 21, 2013

First, make sure you are staying inside the park gates - the outer gate doesn't open until sunrise, and by then it's too late. You can camp or stay at the Dunes Lodge. Get up early, really early, and make the 70km drive out to the dunes. The last 10km is sand - if you have a good 4X4 just keep it in low, go steady and stay in the middle of all the tracks. If you do all that you'll be rewarded with sunrise amongst the most astounding scenery you'll ever experience. The day we went we had the dunes to ourselves for an hour and a half. Most folks seem to stop at Dune 45 as it's closer ( 45km from park entrance rather than 70). It's nice, but not quite the same.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

An amazing place to visit. Part of a tour facilitated by Wild Dog Safaris in Windhoek. An amazing time spent watching the sun rise from the top of Dune 45, a lovely walk through the desert to Dead Vlei, and and view of Sossusvlei. A marvelous time spent in the camping area at Sesriem, and the most beautiful sun set seen from yet another dune, with a rain storm on the other side and the biggest rainbow ever. Beautiful.

Thank Charlotte B
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Amazing sand dunes of varying sizes. Very hot must go at sunrise. Bring hat and plenty of water. Climbed big daddy vlei. Took 75 minutes. Difficult in spots but well worth it. Great surrounding area. Slid down steep side to see dead vlei. Incredible. Went back to see big momma and dune 45. Climbed elim dunes twice. My only complaint is that I had to leave the park at 7:45 right before sunset. That's a bummer.

1  Thank Semelg
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Sossusvlei is about 66 km past the Sesriem gate. As the last 6 km is pure sand it can only be traversed with 4x4 vehicles - the place where the concrete road ends is known as "2x4 parking" all non 4x4 vehicle must stop there. There is a inexpensive shuttle for visitors to the Sossusvlei.

The Sossusvlei belongs to the southern Namib with about 32.000 km², between the rivers Koichab and Kuiseb. Sossuslvei is characterized by high sand dunes of pink-to-orange color, the result of the high percentage of iron in the sand and constantly oxidation processes. The dunes in the more red color are the oldest dunes in Sossusvlei. These dunes are supposed to be among the highest of all around the globe. The highest is "Big Daddy" with 380m.
Visitors will find a rich fauna. Reptiles, jackals, antelopes and ostriches just to name a few.

One of my favored place for photography was deadvlei. A clay pan about 2km from Sossusvlei.

We stayed over night at a very special campsite in "Little Sossusvlei Lodge" . Even though we had to drive 46 km early in the morning to enter the gate, it was absolutely worth it.
I still had the right light to capture the dunes. And what I think was very important: as we got to Sossusvlei we had been almost alone, as everybody else already left.

We are planning to drive to Sossusvlei again in August this year. For us It seems to be the best time of the year to travel through Namibia as - even the nights are chilly cold - the temperature during day time is very comfortable.

1  Thank Martina S
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Dead Vlei was spectacular! Climbing Dune 45 for sunrise was absolutely wonderful - definitely worth the early start. Best stay within the National Park entrance so you can avoid the crowds in the morning and enter as soon as the gate opens.

Thank Ajit V
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