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Deadvlei

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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“dead trees” (56 reviews)
“red dunes” (27 reviews)
“big daddy” (45 reviews)
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near Sousselvlei, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
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"dead trees"
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"red dunes"
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"big daddy"
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"parking lot"
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"blue sky"
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"minute walk"
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"white clay"
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"unique place"
in 7 reviews
"car park"
in 22 reviews
"salt pan"
in 10 reviews
"bucket list"
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"photographers paradise"
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"parking area"
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"old trees"
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"amazing landscape"
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"photo opportunities"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

How can I describe Deadvlei? I have visited so many incredible sights in my 3 week Trip to Namibia and this has got to be the one stands out the most. Hiking up the dune was an incredible experience I will never forget. Looking down...More

Thank aejook
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is what you expect to see in Namibia huge dunes, camel thorn trees salt pans. The colors in the morning light are magnificent each photo taken is a postcard.This area became very busy at about 11am and the dunes were covered in tourists.

Thank S C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The pure and changing colours at sunrise are amazing! The stark ancient Camel Thorn tree skeletons, pale salt pan floor, dawn sky and vivid red dunes create a symphony of colour and form that keen photographers will find utterly thrilling. One of Nature's wonders. The...More

Thank Michael A
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic place - great photo opportunities and lots of interesting wildlife! Easy to get to, about 1.5km walk!

Thank tomocb40
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are planning to climb Big Daddy Dune and see the Deadvlei, I'd recommend first climbing the dune via the winding dunes on the left as you approach, and then after descending the steep slope on Big Daddy, you will be able to walk...More

Thank SPvdMerwe
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the most interesting spots I've seen before in my life and I've seen a few interesting things before. Fortunately I got to see it in a much different light as it was foggy when I was there. I got to see...More

Thank Thomas H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely *the* must-see site when visiting Namibia as no visit to Namibia is possible without stopping by Deadvlei. While it is of course possible to visit it on your own, I came in with a highly knowledgeable local guide who knew all the go-to spots...More

Thank Zachary_KMH
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth the little walk. I'd suggest walking up the huge dune too, the view is awesome, and the slide/run down is great fun.

Thank Jonesthesteam123
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So to begin, you can’t enter the park before sunrise. If you want to get those amazing sunrise pictures then I think you should sleep inside the park. Once you get to the end of the paved road and park you pay 170 pp to...More

Thank K-Chewy
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made a trip here on a mid-afternoon in June. NWR staffs provides a short 4WD to the deadvlei parking lot at less than 200rand/pp. It was a short ride, and the breeze on the ride was a great relief from the mid-afternoon heat. As...More

Thank NatalieLeeYL
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Cherrytree
9 January 2018|
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Response from 60stevea | Reviewed this property |
You can drive a regular car/sedan all the way to where the pavement ends, at which point you will have to park at the parking area there and take one of the free 4x4 shuttles the rest of the way to the Deadvlei parking area.
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Anita B
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
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bobdec7
2 August 2015|
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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 !
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