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near Sousselvlei, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
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This is near Susselvlei in Namibia . No pictures can do this justice. It is a huge salt pan created about 900 - 1000 years ago. It takes a 30 minute trek into the desert - and on arrival, it would take about another 30 minutes to walk across it. The trees that existed in the river bed have fossilised and stand like stark skeletons dark silhouettes against the white of the salt and the red of the surrounding dunes which rise 300 metres around it. A visit to this gives one the feeling of a visit to the beginning of time.
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near Sousselvlei, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must visit after a trip up the Big Daddy Dune. Beautiful photography spot, those with wide angle lenses (not us) will benefit.

Thank Craig B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The 60 odd km of tarred road to the shuttle is an easy and interesting drive, with an everchanging and dramatic landscape to enjoy. A very efficient shuttle service carried us to the beginning of the walk. Unless you have a 4wd and know what...More

Thank Frances S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning landscape worth the trek through the sand to get there. Make sure you know how to use your 4wd if you're renting... Stick it in 4L, drop the tyres to 1.5kpa and keep your revs up!

Thank Richard_Outhwaite
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sossusvlai is an amazing area of large, star-shaped red dunes. The Deadvlei, is an area that once held the river but it has long gone. Now all you see are skeletons of acacia trees, black, on the white clay surface, and with the red dunes...More

Thank Jacqui L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place. After a 30 minute walk over the dunes you reach the vlei. The scenery is amazing and I would recommend climbing one of the dunes to get a view over the Sossusvlei. Head out there early in the morning. The park opens at...More

Thank MisterBram
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a short hike after some small dunes we came upon Deadvlei. Walking around these ancient trees was unreal. It's also a photographer's dream. Try to get here as early as you can as the heat reflects up off the dry white earth.

Thank jonesem92
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were part of a 10 Day Group Tour with Ultimate Safaris and spent 2 nights in Sossusvlei. Because we stayed at the Sossus Dune Lodge, we were able to get to Big Daddy and Deadvlei right at sunrise and an hour before everyone else....More

Thank PandaHouston
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Deadvlei is definitely a highlight of Sossusvlei. The contrasting colours are spectacular. To reach Deadvlei one needs a 4x4 vehicle to drive the last 5km's to the Deadvlei parking area. If you don't have a 4x4, NWR offers a 4x4 return taxi service to the...More

Thank 111Bev
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

However you get there, it's a great visit. The drive in, seeing some wildlife and the fascinating dune scenery, culminates in wonderful settings of pans and massive sand dunes to walk amongst and on!

Thank Toff_Hill
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dead Valley was one of the highlights of this park. Best views are obviously obtain from the top but be sure to take the easy route as climbing straight up the dune at 16:00 left us with burning feet!

Thank TravelReviewer1983
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Anita B
Anyone have suggestion how to get from Windhoek to Deadvlei, any shuttle, bus, tour, private taxi driver??? Anything would be helpful, I have 40h in Windhoek and really want to visit Deadvlei!?
21 January 2017|
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Response from sarahtheblue | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other posters - hire a car or join tour group. I dont suggest the former if you are not used to driving those roads. If you get stuck or get a puncture, you can be stranded for hours without any help. I... More
How did you arrange the guide??
2 August 2015|
Response from AdrianH_9 | Reviewed this property |
There isn't a guide as such. You arrive at the first car park and take a Jeep with a driver the 10 mins through sand to the car park closer to Deadvlei - then you are left on your own !