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Quite a hike but totally worth it the views over deadvlei are breathtaking great for photographers... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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A must to climb Big Daddy and then run down the dune

Climbing the Big Daddy is achievable for most visitors who are reasonably fit. The ascent is mostly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Quite a hike but totally worth it the views over deadvlei are breathtaking great for photographers highly recommend

Thank Ana_Bejan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Climbing the Big Daddy is achievable for most visitors who are reasonably fit. The ascent is mostly gentle. The best fund is run down the steep sand down from the top, barefoot as the sand stops you from falling down.

1  Thank kuede
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I read a lot of reviews where people said it was tough, and didn’t quite believe them. It is tough! It is a long hike in sand! But when you get to the top, oh it is so worth it! And remember du run down!

1  Thank KiaMarieHejlskov
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great early ascent. 50 mins in early morning fog, which cleared by 11 am. Deadvlei on top made an excellent day. Great fun.

1  Thank James T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started early and entered the park when the gates opened. If you don’t have a proper 4x4 car, take the shuttle bus from the car park instead, because the last km of road are really sandy and in a bad condition. It costs 170...More

1  Thank IPett
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hardwork to climb up big daddy dune but it is the most wonderful feeling when you stand on top and look down. It is more special when you slide down :)

Thank Phuong H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We climbed Big Daddy with one other member of our tour group. We are in our 60's and while the going was hard in the soft sand, we started early in the morning and avoided the heat and the crowds that started to climb when...More

2  Thank jimmG7463QM
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Big Daddy is no easy dune to climb but the views and run down are completely worth it! Be sure to wear tekkies (and gaiters if you have) as well as take along water and a backpack. One of a kind experience!

Thank WhitneyG180
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Big Daddy is huge but you can tackle a section of it even if you're not superfit. you can walk a relative flat track into a hidden salt pan. This walk has wonderful scenery and you get to experience walking in the red dunes without...More

Thank juzcruzin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We entered the park at 7:30 and drove the 45 miles to the dune. Easy ample parking then we climbed the dune finding the smooth side was easier to walk on. Early morning contrasts were good. One highlight of the trip so far

1  Thank CecilGgibley
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Response from Froggy2Denmark | Reviewed this property |
Sandboarding is now permitted in Sossusvlei. But you can do sandboarding in Swakopmund. We did this and it was great fun. Regarding shoes or no shoes: I will say walk up with your shoes on and take them off on the way down... More