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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
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All reviews big daddy hard work great fun start early lots of water driving skills easier route unique experience early in the morning soft sand hard climb worth every step spectacular views well worth the effort strenuous hike slide down decent shape
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm a slow hiker and it took me about 1.5 hours to get to the top. We entered the park as soon as the gates opened, 1 hour before sunrise. However, to get in an hour before sunrise you must spend the night at Sesriem...More

Thank Kelly R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Climbing this was on the bucket list - and it was duly completed in a little over an hour, staring at 7am. Its pretty straightforward, but strenuous at the beginning. it eases off near the top. 5 minutes down - running down the front is...More

Thank golfgoddess123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Plenty of energy is needed to tackel this climg. we found Dune 45 high enough, but enjoyed the view of Big Daddy. It gets VERY hot here in the middle of the day; 45 degrees when we were there in September!

Thank KernowEngland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A popular attraction for the more adventurous. It goes without saying that you need to arrive early to tackle Big Daddy. Once the heat builds, the trek becomes a lot harder. But the slog through the sand is worth the effort, even though the ridge...More

Thank Glyn F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don't forget to get into the park as early as you can. It can take a longer than expected to get up the sand dune, so avoiding as much of the heat as you can is a good idea

Thank Tom--Raw2
Reviewed 11 October 2018

I hike mountains all the time, but hiking a dune is TOUGH work! I was still recovering from an illness, so I couldn't quite make it to the top, but even halfway up, the views are incredible.

Thank Jennifer A
Reviewed 8 October 2018

I would recommend a visit to the dunes. They are incredible and worth the long drive on interesting roads. I would go in the cooler months for I would imagine that it would get hot there. A great trip.

Thank rel2017a
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Amazing sand dunes in the Namibian Desert. Quite a bit to see and do, even if you don't tackle a very big dune, they come in all sizes! There is also a dry lake bed below 'Big Daddy' which is interesting. Great place for keen...More

Thank iamlulu
Reviewed 1 October 2018

This is one awesome dune to climb and once on top, reap the reward in the form of panoramic views of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Get there early to beat the hordes of people getting there, and also to beat the heat. Take lots of water...More

Thank devout_hindu
Reviewed 1 October 2018

As a more mature but pretty fit couple we took on the climb challenge amongst many much younger than us. The ascent was hot and slow but everyone urged each other on. Great feeling to reach the summit in good time, take in the views...More

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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