Sossusvlei Namibia Photo Essay – Part One

Dune 45 Sossusvlei Namibia
The Famous Dune 45

Sossusvlei is one of the most extraordinary places I have every been. It is like being on another planet. Sand dunes for as far as the eye can see. The colours are extraordinary at any time of the day and out of control amazing at sunrise and sunset.

Sand dune sossusvlei
Sand dune Sossusvlei

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.

Little Kulala Terrace Sossusvlei
The terrace at Little Kulala

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!

Dead Vlei Sossusvlei view from Big Daddy Dune
View of Dead Vlei from the top of Big Daddy Dune

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!).

Dead Vlei Sossusvlei Namibia
The other worldy Dead Vlei
Dead Vlei view
The view of Dead Vlei from afar
Desert Plant Sossousvlei Namibia
A lone desert plant
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The dunes of Sossusvlei
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Can’t get enough of the dunes
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The parched floor of Sossusvlei
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Surreal colours in Sossusvlei
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The pastel side of Sossusvlei
Dune 45 Sossusvlei Namibia
The Famous Dune 45

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.

Dune 45 Sossusvlei Namibia
Up close on Dune 45
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Tiny Springbok against the dunes
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Pastel sand dunes
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The big sky of Namibia
Dead Vlei Sossusvlei
Dead Vlei Sossusvlei

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