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In southern Namibia at Sesriem, the Tsauchab River has carved a wide path into the dunes towards the coast.

The river never reaches the sea as it’s blocked by mountains of sand. It spreads into pans, surrounded by curving dunes.

'Vleis' (valleys or pans) of Sossusvlei

This area is known as Sossusvlei with towering dunes that are apricot at sunrise, crimson at sunset and all colours of the spectrum between. Near Sossusvlei are other ‘vleis’ (valleys or pans) - Deadvlei with a silver floor and skeletal trees and Hidden Vlei with dusty acacias. It’s superb for photography and a place of spectacular beauty.

Wildlife

Beetle, Namib DesertMany think deserts are lifeless, but walk amongst the dunes and you will soon realise this is not so. The tracks of tok tokkie beetles criss-cross the sand, shovel-snouted lizards dart into nara bushes and you may even see a wildcat in the distance.

There are two small roads leading to Sossusvlei. The first is a public road and starts from Sesriem where there’s a small settlement and the deep Sesriem Canyon. The second is accessible only by 4WD and leads from the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Sossusvlei & Sesriem

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Sossusvlei & Sesriem, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Sossusvlei & Sesriem

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    Places near Sossusvlei & Sesriem

    Accommodation choices for Sossusvlei & Sesriem

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Sossusvlei & Sesriem. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Accommodation at Desert Quiver Camp

      Desert Quiver Camp

      Simple

      Desert Quiver offers simple but modern self-catering accommodation, situated just five kilometres from the entrance to Sossusvlei.

    • Hoodia Lodge, Sossusvlei

      Hoodia Desert Lodge

      First Class

      A warm greeting, a cool towel and a cold drink welcome guests at this lodge after a dusty day on the road. The lodge enjoys a beautiful location conveniently close to the national park entrance for Sossusvlei at Sesriem.

    • Desert Homestead, Sossusvlei

      Desert Homestead Lodge

      Medium

      Close to some of Namibia’s greatest desert scenery, Desert Homestead Lodge is a welcoming, characterful option surrounded by rugged mountains. Combining African style and Western comforts, the lodge makes an excellent base for exploring the towering dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park.

    • Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei

      Kulala Desert Lodge

      First Class

      Offering a wealth of activities that allow you to explore the vast desert landscape and its wildlife, Kulala Desert Lodge is the closest lodge to Sossusvlei, boasting its own private entrance to Namib Naukluft National Park. It provides characterful, comfortable accommodation with a traditional atmosphere.

    • Junior suite at Sossusvlei Lodge

      Sossusvlei Lodge

      First Class

      This lodge is located at the National Park entrance to Sesriem, the perfect base from which to explore the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei.

    • Little Kulala, Sossusvlei

      Little Kulala

      Opulent

      Little Kulala is very arty and stylish. The rooms have been carefully designed and have dramatic desert views. We highly recommend it as somewhere totally unique to stay in the desert.

    • Little Sossus Lodge, Sossusvlei

      Little Sossus Lodge

      Medium

      This is a fairly simple, eco-friendly lodge. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the staff are warm and friendly.

    • Desert Camp, Sesriem

      The Desert Camp

      Simple

      This affordable accommodation comprises twenty units, each with en-suite bathroom, twin beds, shaded verandah with outside cooking facilities including a small zipped away kitchenette and bbq.

    • Sossus Dune Lodge, Sossusvlei

      Sossus Dune Lodge

      Medium

      Sossus Dune Lodge is in a very convenient location to visit Sossusvlei, with the added benefit of being very close to Sesriem Canyon. It is also a great lodge from which to access the dunes at first light.

    Ideas for experiencing Sossusvlei & Sesriem

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Sossusvlei & Sesriem, and which use the best local guides.

    • Sossusvlei Dune Excursion
      Climbing the sand dunes at Sossusvlei

      Sossusvlei Dune Excursion

      Sossusvlei Dune Excursion

      Enjoy the amazing scenery of Sossusvlei, and maybe take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes.

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    • Sunset Horse Riding
      Sunset ride from Desert Homestead

      Sunset Horse Riding

      Sunset Horse Riding

      Riders wind their way across the grassy plains and through ancient water courses and eventually up a steep mountain track, where a friendly barman with a selection of cocktails awaits them.

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