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) - Dead Vlei with a silver floor and skeletal trees and Hidden Vlei with dusty acacias. It’s superb for photography and a place of spectacular beauty.
Many 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.
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
- Southern Namibia 9 miles away
- The NamibRand Nature Reserve 50 miles away
- The Naukluft Mountains 67 miles away
- Lüderitz 134 miles away
- Walvis Bay 134 miles away
- Aus 147 miles away
- Swakopmund and Pelican Point 151 miles away
- Windhoek 186 miles away
- The Central Highlands 202 miles away
- Erongo Mountains 213 miles away
- Fish River Canyon 255 miles away
Accommodation choices for Sossusvlei & Sesriem
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Ideas for experiencing Sossusvlei & Sesriem
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