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“Dead Vlei”
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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 August 1, 2015

What an awesome place. Get there eraly and get the colours on the dunes as you drive to the transfer area to Dead Vlei. Unless experienced in deep sand driving, do not take your own vehicle past the transfer point.

Thank Simon C
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Reviewed July 29, 2015

Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. Its name means "dead marsh" (from English dead, and Afrikaans vlei, a lake or marsh in a valley between the dunes). The pan also is referred to as "Dooie Vlei" which is the (presumably original) fully Afrikaans name. While in Deadvlei one wonders how mother nature keep this place intact, not covered by sand from the surrounding tall dunes.

Deadvlei is surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world, the highest reaching 300-400 meters (350m on average, named "Big Daddy" or "Crazy Dune"), which rest on a sandstone terrace. The clay pan was formed after rainfall, when the Tsauchab river flooded, creating temporary shallow pools where the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. When the climate changed, drought hit the area, and sand dunes encroached on the pan about 40 million years ago, which blocked the river from the area and also to reach the Atlantic Ocean.

The trees died while standing, as there was no longer enough water to survive. There are some species of plants remaining, such as salsola and clumps of !nara, adapted to surviving off the morning mist and very rare rainfall. The remaining skeletons of the trees, which are believed to have died 600-700 years ago (AD 1340- 1430), are now black because the intense sun has scorched them, though not petrified, the wood does not decompose because it is so dry. This place pose as a white amphitheater with red sand dunes and the blue sky, quite amazing.

In 2000 the psycho thriller The Cell (starring Jennifer Lopez) was partly shot in that location. The Bollywood Blockbuster film Ghajini was shot here in 2008. It is one of the wonders of the world.

Thank Nali S
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Reviewed July 28, 2015

We really like deserts and, for this reason, we have had the opportunity to visit some deserts around the world. Definitely, Sossusvlei is an astonishing and unforgettable desert. My family and I just loved the ride!

Thank MLPL6
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Reviewed July 26, 2015

Go early in the morning so the sun creates color on the dunes as well as awesome shadows. The dunes are enormous and varied in shape, but better than anything else I have seen. The trip is worth several hours and getting up real early.

Thank Leonard K
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Reviewed July 25, 2015

It really does look like the pictures--the graceful orange dunes against the cloudless blue sky--only better. Watching the light change on the dunes and seeing the scale of the sea of sand is remarkable. Yes, it's hot, and a long drive, and the only real activity is climbing a dune, but it's well worth it. Amazingly there is quite a bit of wildlife too such as springbok.

Thank John S
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