Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean. However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years. During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes. When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year.
Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive.
Our Favourite Photographic Destinations at Sossusvlei
Kulala Desert Lodge
Situated at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes, a private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest location to Sossusvlei, while magnificent views of its famous red dunes, mountainous scenery and vast open plains make it the most spectacular.
Kulala Desert Lodge is the closest camp and has private gate access to the national park and Sossusvlei dunes and is ideally suited to self-drives and families. Photographically Kulala Desert Lodge provides incredible opportunities for landscapes, astro-photography and aerial photography when combined with a hot air balloon safari. Read More…
Little Kulala Lodge
Little Kulala is a luxurious desert retreat situated in the private 27 000-hectare (67 000-acre) Kulala Wilderness Reserve – the gateway to Namibia’s Sand Sea with its towering dunes and clear starry skies. Desert-adapted wildlife in the area is fascinating and is another dimension of this truly spectacular place.
From a photographic perspective, Little Kulala provides easy access to Sossusvlei and the famous dead Vlei as well as access to a raised hide situated in the Aob River bed. The hide is approximately 1.2 m off the ground; 6 m long and 3 m wide and overlooks a water hole which is about 30 m away. It is also the best place on the reserve to observe vultures and Gemsbok who visit daily to drink in the region. For the more adventurous, an early morning hot air balloon safari will provide incredible aerial photographic opportunities. Read More…
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