Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei

“Exploring the area is done on foot and is self-guided, unless you have hired our tour guide. Always remember to take enough drinking water with you, as it gets very hot in the area.”

The Dune 45 is covered an area of 15km along the paved road and it a general parking area for those wanting to visit Hiddenvlei, Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.  Visitors must travel a further 5km along a sandy 4×4 track in order to reach Sossusvlei.  Should you not have a 4×4, or should you not feel comfortable navigating through the soft sand, there are shuttles that run from the car park to Sossusvlei.

Little Forest Garden Retreat Activities

This magnificent dune is situated between Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and at 325 meters it dwarfs the other dunes. which has been measured at 388m.  Dune 7 earned its name by being the 7th dune along the Tsauchab River. Should you want the ultimate bragging rights, take a lot of water and trek to the top of Big Daddy where you can look down onto Deadvlei.

Close to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei is a clay pan characterized by dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. The pan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow.

Dune 45 is named for its proximity to Sesrium Gate. It is situated 45km from the gate, along a paved road and is easily reached using a 2×4 vehicle. The sand here is 5 million years old and is red in color due to its iron oxide content.  As the lighting changes with the time of day, so does the appearance of the dunes’ characteristic color, allowing for interesting photographs at any time

15km along the paved road from Dune 45 there is a general parking area for those wanting to visit Hiddenvlei, Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Exploring the area is done on foot and is self-guided, unless you have hired a private tour guide. Always remember to take enough drinking water with you, as it gets very hot in the area.