Sossusvlei Namibia is one of the most extraordinary places I have ever 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. It is a slightly odd and remote location. There isn’t really a town – there are just various hotels dotted around. Expect to eat in your hotel each evening as it is the easiest option and the roads are best avoided at night. Here’s my Namibia Travel Guide to Sossusvlei:
Namibia Travel Guide Sossusvlei – Accommodation
I stayed at two different accommodations when I was in Sossusvlei. Both were absolutely lovely in different ways and I would highly recommend them.
Firstly, I stayed at the lovely Little Kulala. It is in an amazing remote location and is beautifully done – very much a boutique experience. The food at Little Kulala is fantastic. It does feature the opportunity to try many of the animals you will have seen whilst driving around – which isn’t to everyone’s taste. It was to mine and I really enjoyed having such a unique eating experience. Also you really don’t want to have to drive around these areas at night due to the quality of the roads and the high chance of literally running into game so it is best to eat where you sleep!
My second Namibia Travel Guide Sossusvlei accommodation was Le Mirage. In my photo gallery you will see a building that looks like a fort or a tourist attraction. However, it is not – this is Le Mirage – a wonderfully decadent boutique hotel with good proximity to Sossusvlei. Definitely one to check out. It has a spa and the rooms are huge and the thread count on the sheets is suitably high! It is also worth staying for dinner – well otherwise you would have to drive somewhere and then no wine so of course you want to stay! There is often music or different types of entertainment.
Namibia Travel Guide – Sossusvlei – Best activities and attractions
Exploring the dunes is my number one Namibia Travel Guide key activity when staying in Sossusvlei – as is doing some safari drives as there is a lot of wildlife. Most people do these activities through their hotels. The hotels offer everything from dune buggies to sunrise and sunset game drives. The sunset game drives of course include a wonderful sun downer drink – always a highlight! And they don’t involve getting up early!
I did get up early one morning in order to go 4 wheel driving across the dunes. I would highly recommend some sand based adventure activities. The sunrise start time meant cooler weather and great light for photos. It was actually worth getting up that early!
There are some quite unique animals in Namibia like the Oryx and they are very photogenic so it is well worth while going on at least one game drive. Personally, I go on as many game drives as possible as every drive is different but it depends what you like.
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 best part is getting down! After the difficult rise to the top you literally slide down the dune to Dead Vlei. It is so much fun. Well I did end up with sand in interesting places for several days but it was still loads of fun!
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. It is quite a large area to wander around but there is so much to see. Each tree feels like a unique piece of art and the colours of course change depending on the direction you are facing. This is photography heaven! And so instagrammable!
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 sun. This is also the most popular Dune to climb. Try to get there early in the morning to take it on and avoid the crowds.
The landscapes are quite other-wordly. The grass often looks like carpet. Even the roads and the fences are photogenic! The colours are stunning and change throughout the day. As always sunrise and sunset are the best times for the best shots. I highly recommend combining the sunset photography with some sundowner drinks!
And finally my Namibia Travel Guide something extra special get up early and take a hot air balloon over the dunes. I didn’t do this and so wish I had of done so! The photography would be stunning and I think this would be a fantastic way to get a sense of the scale of Sossusvlei.
I can’t say enough good things about this area and the dunes. I have travelled alot and I have never been anywhere like Namibia and Sossusvlei. It is literally like being on another planet and such a unique experience. It is also so fabulous for photographers – and perfect for instagram!
Namibia Travel Guide – Sossusvlei Useful Links
Looking for other accommodation options around Sossusvlei? Click here for some suggestions
Looking for flights to Windhoek? Click here for some great deals
Check here for flights with my favourite Middle Eastern Airlines – especially for Business Class:
Looking for tours around Sossusvlei? Click here for some great ideas
Need Travel Insurance? Click here
If you’re travelling solo check out these group tours as an option:
This blog post contains affiliate links
Also published on Medium.