A salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes and a photographer's dream come true. Sossusvlei, is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia. The area is characterized by high sand dunes of vivid pink-to-orange color indicating the high iron content and consequent oxidation processes.
Big Daddy Dune - The adventure of climbing the tall dunes and then the pleasure of sliding down its side is an absolutely thrilling experience.
Deadvlei - A white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park, is claimed to be surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world. The skeletons of the trees found here are believed to have died 600–700 years ago, and make a truly captivating sight. It is also well known for its dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor.
Dune 45 - A star attraction in the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Desert, Dune 45 is the largest dune in the area. It is composed of 5-million-year-old sand blown in from Kalahari Desert. It attributes its name to the fact that it is at the 45th kilometer of the road that connects the Sesriem gate and Sossusvlei.
Sesriem Canyon - A steep climb, a deep canyon and a cool walk through the mid day heat. The Canyon is made up of stunning rock formations that have been shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of years. It is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round.
Namib Sky Balloon Safari - As the sun rises take-in the breath taking views of the colourful dunes and the salt pans, the arid beauty of this safari will leave you mesmerized for a long time.
Hiddenvlei - least visited of all the vleis and an excellent pace to examine the various tracks of the animals that occupy the area.
The best time to visit Sossusvlei is autumn from March until May or spring from August to October. Winter in the Namib from May to August brings cool to cold nights with temperatures reaching 0°C (32°F). Days are warm, dry and clear.The beginning of summer, from October to November can get uncomfortably hot with temperatures reaching the high 30s (upwards of 95°F) often and occasionally pushing 40°C (104°F plus). The extreme heat often leads to strong gusty winds but the evenings are generally warm and still.Late summer rain in the interior of Namibia cools the desert down a bit from December to February
Among the large mammals to see around Sossusvlei are the ostrich, springbok and gemsbok, each well adapted to live in their dry surroundings. Larger predators include spotted hyena and the brown hyena. As the days cool down, you will be able to spot some of the smaller mammals in the cool night air, such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf.
Directions from Maltahohe to Sesriem Sossusvlei- Drive the C19 over the Zaris mountains and Zaris Pass for about 150 kms and arrive at junction with the D826 with signs for Sesriem. Drive 11 km to arrive at Sesriem gate. Sossusvlei lies within the Namib Naukluft Desert Park about 65 kms west of the Sesriem Camp