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Big Daddy Dune

Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
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Stunning

This is the biggest dune in the area and apparently varies in height from 320m to 380m depending on... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mark F
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
Challenge your physical stamina

Some of the immense dunes are open for visitors to climb, Challenging to walk up steep, sandy... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Philly2VT
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Shelburne, Vermont
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  • Excellent85%
  • Very good13%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hard work” (13 reviews)
“big daddy” (43 reviews)
“start early” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
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"lots of water"
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"easier route"
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"unique experience"
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"early in the morning"
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"well worth the effort"
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"wheel drive"
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"hard climb"
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"worth every step"
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"spectacular views"
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"soft sand"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the biggest dune in the area and apparently varies in height from 320m to 380m depending on how much wind there has been. You can climb the dune, we didn't due to lack of time as we had climber Dune 45 earlier. A...More

Thank Mark F
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Some of the immense dunes are open for visitors to climb, Challenging to walk up steep, sandy paths especially in the heat. Take a small backpack and water. There is no shade!

Thank Philly2VT
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Get out early, or late afternoon to view the changing colors on the Dunes. Midday becomes unbearably hot, so ensure you have plenty of water and sunblock

Thank Graham T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the Namibian highlights. Climbing it is a thrill. Amazing views of the surrounding area. Go early in the morning (before noon), or evening to avoid the mid day heat.

Thank John K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best time is early morning only for photo shot and climb, not to hard it is easy to walk not like the dessert in another country.

Thank Den P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Leave as soon as possible to not suffer from the heat by climbing the dune. You have to go up the ridge, climbing up the slope is impossible. Walking on the sand is difficult. Remember to take some water, cover your head and don't forget...More

Thank Hortense C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friends went to the top of Big Dady dune...it takes almost 2 hours to climb it to there. i did something like half the way and then went down into the valey. It is great to climb dunes. The scenery is beautiful, with so...More

Thank VesnaAnastasia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Too popular for its own good. Every day the buses arrive early in the morning and hundreds of people trudge up there, huffing & puffing - in the process destroying the very thing they came to admire.

Thank Dirk W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though Dune 45 is the most famous, the Big Daddy Dune is a must to do in the park to complete your adventure. From it, you can level up your adventure by running your descent to the Deavlei. It is challenging but very doable but...More

Thank Dring D
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Okay. I am 67 years old female. The day before I climbed Big Daddy, I scrambled straight up Dune 7 under the hot midday sun on all fours in socks in 20 minutues. I was told by my guide that Dune 7 was only 120...More

Thank Virginia W
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JakeGuay
16 January 2018|
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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
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