Sossusvlei is one of the most remarkable sights in the Namib-Naukluft Park and the Namib Desert. Huge towering dunes, said to be the highest in the world, rise dramatically over 1000 feet above the surrounding plains at Sossusvlei, a huge pan set amid red sand dunes. The spectacle of changing colors and the lonely oryx silhouetted against the red dunes is one which visitors and photographers from around the world come to savor and capture on film. At any time of the year you may observe gemsbok and ostrich wandering over the sand. This vast expanse of dunes stretches from the Khoichab River in the south to the Kuiseb River in the north. It’s likely that this sand originated in the Kalahari between three and five million years ago. Although it’s certainly a workout, the best way to get a feeling for this sea of sand is to climb one of the dunes and have a look around.
By Road: The road to Sossusvlei is bumpy no matter which way you choose to take. If you’re coming from Swakopmund take the C14 all the way to the C19. It’s usually quite rough and full of washboard as there’s lots of traffic on this road. It’s also really dusty! If you’re coming from Windhoek, the fastest option is to go down the highway to Rehoboth then take the C24 to the C14 to the C19. This road is so-so as well, but gets less traffic so the washboard is slightly better. The sand-dunes at Sossusvlei are some 60km from the Sesriem gate (the entrance to the park) and the drive takes about an hour. The gate into Sesriem only opens at sunrise, so those staying outside of the park (which includes all the lodges in the area with the exception of Sossus Dune Lodge) will have to wait until sunrise to begin their journey to the dunes.
Ballooning over Sossusvlei, Scenic Flights