Surrounded by high vivid coloured red-to-orange sand dunes, Sossusvlei is a salt concentrated and clay concavity that is located in the southern part of the mystic Namib desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The area extends between the rivers Koichab and Kuiseb and covers about 32,000 km^2.
Sossusvlei owes this name, translating to ‘dead-end marsh’/ a dead end, to the fact that it is an endorheic drainage basin, a drainage basin without outflows, for the fleeting Tsauchab River. The name ‘Sossusvlei’ is often used in an extended meaning and refers to the other high dunes surrounding Sossusvlei such as Hiddenvlei, Sesriem Canyon, Big daddy and Deadvlei.
These aged dunes are approximately 1 billion years old and have now solidified into rock. These dunes are some of the highest sand dunes in the world, most of them being over 200 metres and the highest being 388 metres high. This is one of the major tourist attractions in Namibia and there are many activities to enjoy. Whether it is nature walks, quad-biking or a memorable hot-air balloon flight over the Namib desert, experiencing the deserts natural beauty from all angles.
Much of the Fauna of Sossusvlei is local and have adapted to the specific conditions of Namib. Due to it being rather dry, Sossusvlei consists of small animals that can survive with minimal water like jackals, rodents, small reptiles, arthropods, and the bigger animals include antelopes such as springbok and oryxes as well as ostriches. However, during flood season, a number of migrant bird species appear along the marches and rivers.
To explore one of Africa most spectacular natural wonders, guests are on foot and your journey is self-guided however it is possible to hire a private tour guide.
Don’t forget your water, it gets extremely hot in this area!