Written on: September 09, 2013
I visited in January 2013
Once inside there is nothing. From every angle the desert is the same, indiscriminate piles of sand connected by sweeping curves and steep unclimbable walls. With each step nothing is achieved. The foot sinks in, the leg pulls it out, and the body moves onward to another indistinguishable angle. A drifting eagle contemplates its chances, concisely breaking the homogeny, but leaving me alone, again. Lizards occasionally scurry around but in this harsh environment there is little living.
Sossusvlei is the park's main visitor attraction, where dunes rise more than 300 metres off the floor and stand over dried out lake beds. Dead acacia trees rise from the ground and occasionally gemsbok prints mark the sand. Once at Sossusvlei the desert extends as far as the eye can see, in every direction. It's breathtakingly simple, and astonishingly beautiful.
You can feel the primitive majesty, surrounded by a 360 degree landscape untouched by human hand for millions of years. The desert paradox induces a transfixion. From every angle it is the same, but no view can ever be the same. Each peak, ridge, curve, and canyon, has its distinctive size and matchless shape. Subtly moving the dunes from yellow to red to black as the sun and moon play their daily part. And tomorrow the dunes will be completely different, perpetual wind making infinitesimal changes every minute. On the one hand there is nothing. On the other hand nothing is the same, and nothing in the world can compare to this landscape.
Written on: Apr 28, 2015
| Visited: Apr 2015.
Anybody in love with desert landscapes should visit the park, best hours, of course, early morning and at dawn. Sandy stretch arriving to Sossusvlei can be tricky, be careful with your driving!
Written on: Jul 15, 2014
| Visited: Jul 2014.
The Namib Desert with its massive dune fields was recently inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage site as the 'Sea of Sand'. Stunning beauty of this desert region of Namibia is overwhelming! At Sossusvlei: huge sandy dunes stand tall over clay floor of Dead Vlei and hidden valleys. Blue, white and orange colors blend creating tri-color desert scenery unequal to any...
Written on: Mar 18, 2014
| Visited: Dec 2009.
"The Earth is not ours, it is a treasure we hold in trust for future generations". This was one of the first pieces of wisdom given to me by my Ju'Hoansi guide during my visit to Namib-Naukluft National Park. And as we both stood there, I looked peered around at the towering dunes, I knew exactly what he meant.
Namibia is a country of extremes, and nowhere is it...
Written on: Jan 23, 2014
| Visited: Dec 2011.
I'd always wanted to see Sossusvlei, ever since I'd seen some of the lunar-like photos my friend took on her trip a few years ago. I finally got my chance two Christmases ago. I went with a few photographer friends. We hired a car in Cape Town and drove up in the scorching heat. In retrospect, December may not be the most ideal time to visit Namib-Naukluft. It was ...
I am an independent traveller with a passion for getting off the beaten track and away from mass tourism. I have been spoilt with all the safaris that I have had the opportunity to go on and have had some extraordinary wildlife sightings. I can often be found sittin...
Written on: Nov 25, 2013
| Visited: Jan 2009.
Sossusvlei is a sea of dunes, there is no other more descriptive word for the area. The first time I visited Sossusvlei I was on a self drive by myself and I had to keep stopping so that my brain could assimilate what I was seeing. The red red dunes of Sossusvlei seemed to stretch for eternity.
The best time to see the dunes is in the very early morning as the s...
Written on: Sep 24, 2013
| Visited: Jul 2012.
A great photographic safari destination is Sossusvlei with its amazing sand dunes in the Namib Desert in Namibia. It offers:
Mind blowing landscapes,
Great aerial photography with hot air ballooning
Not so much wildlife, yet great opportunities to photograph desert adapted animals
Great opportunities for team building activities
Written on: Sep 14, 2013
| Visited: Sep 2010.
Most of the tourist brochures for Namibia feature the dunes at Sossusvlei and the nearby site of Dead Vlei. The barren landscapes have a haunting view beloved by amateur and professional photographers alike: see http://www.flickr.com/photos/22918294@N04/sets/72157625374479829/. It might be thought that the popularity of these attractions would diminish their appeal...
Written on: May 24, 2013
| Visited: Apr 2013.
Driving through the Namib-Nakfult National Park is simply awesome. The enormous and eerily enticing large sand dunes are spectacular. Parts of the park resemble a lunar landscape while other places rise with massive purple-hued rocky mountains of the Naukluft Mountain. Just as tall and certainly as impressive are the stunning orange sand dunes of Sossusvlei, blown ...