Sossusvlei Namibia: Don’t Miss Namibia’s most amazing thing to see!


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. If you’re planning to tour Namibia don’t miss Sossusvlei:

Sossusvlei Namibia – 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.

Another fantastic place to go in Namibia is the Skeleton Coast. Check out everything you need to know in this great post on Skeleton Coast National Park.

Tour Namibia Travel Guide – Sossusvlei – Best activities and attractions

Exploring the dunes is my number one Tour Namibia Travel Guide 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 sundowner 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 worthwhile 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 on 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. Its name comes from the fact that it is at the 45km mark on the road that connects one of the gates and Sossusvlei. 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-worldly. 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 a lot 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!

Tour Namibia Travel Guide – Sossusvlei Useful Links

Other posts you might be interested in reading:

Click here to see my post on the Kalahari and Fish River Canyon

Click here to see my Namibia Itinerary


For another fantastic and instagrammable destination check out my post on Sidi Bou Said Tunisia

Check out the stunning Salt Lakes of Tunisia and a Road Trip Guide here

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South Africa has some amazing wine country – find out about how to get around the most lovely in my Wine Tours Stellenbosch post.

For a unique wildlife experience check out my post on Whale Watching Hermanus.

A growing industry in Africa is spa – check out my post on the best South African Spa options.

A great time to visit Africa is when you are about to start a new life – check out my post on a Safari Honeymoon to find out how.

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