Exploring the dunes is a key activity when staying in Sossusvlei – as is doing some safari drives as there is a lot of wildlife. It is a slightly odd remote location. There isn’t really a town – there are just various hotels dotted around. Expect to eat in your hotel each evening. I stayed at the lovely Little Kulala. I would highly recommend this hotel. It is in an amazing remote location and is beautifully done – very much a boutique experience.
Perhaps the highlight of the trip to Sossusvlei for me was climbing up the Big Daddy Dune. It was hard going – and I don’t recommend wearing light sneakers as mine kept filling with sand and I had to stop and empty them! However getting to the top was fantastic! And the view! wow wow wow!
The top of the dune looks over the amazing Dead Vlei. Dead Vlei is like nature’s art gallery. It is dead trees in the middle of the dunes but they are stunning. Another highlight is that you kind of sand surf down the dune to get to Dead Vlei which is enormous fun (although getting the sand out of everything took some time!).
The most famous Dune in Sossusvlei is Dune 45. It’s name comes from the fact that it is at the 45km mark on the road that connects one of the gates and Sosssusvlei. Apparently it contains 5 million year old sand blown in from the Kalahari! It is probably the most photographed of all the dunes as its star shape has one half disappearing at both sunrise and sunset.
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