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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” (54 reviews)
“red dunes” (26 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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"white clay"
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"blue sky"
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"minute walk"
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"camel thorn"
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"salt pan"
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"car park"
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"old trees"
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"unique place"
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"acacia trees"
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"parking area"
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"out of this world"
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"early in the morning"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We climbed up the Big Daddy Dune and run our way down to the Deadvlei which is a really amazing wonder of nature where we walked ina dried lake in the middle of the desert with dead trees which you would wonder how many hundred...More

Thank Dring D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We experienced deadvlei as one of the most special places on earth. We travelled in april and it wasn’t crowded.

Thank Brianmarcel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a hot walk if you get here after 10am, as we did, but worth it. Get the shuttle from the Sossusvlei car park for 170N$ pp & after that it's 1.2km on foot through baking sun over sand. Possible to drive in a 4x4...More

Thank Alice W
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

The silence, beauty and eerieness of this place will stay with me forever. A photographers heaven! Climb Big Daddy Dune first before descending steeply into the actual valley floor. Take water and don't go barefoot ... the sand there and back can become quite hot!

Thank Leon D
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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

If you are traveling to Namibia and head down to Sossusvlei area you have to visit Deadvlei. It is unlike anything you will ever see and pictures cannot fully describe the actual experience. It is like being in another world. There are also dunes -...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

If you go to Namibia you have to visit Deadvlei. A true Namibian icon - the dark shadows, dead wood, stark white clay and amber sands produce fantastic sights from every angle. I loved the tranquility and the way the shadows and colours changed as...More

Thank R1chardN
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

It is beautiful to see, anytime of the day, very hot - mid day. It is an hour drive once you entered the park. There is no other facilities but you can bring your own picnic basket.

Thank ellie856
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Absolute must-visit. It looks as stunning as the online pictures and the sheer scale of the entire area is very awe-inspiring. Would recommend going in the morning before the heat gets too much - the trail there from the parking site (we did it via...More

Thank Mirror_London
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

When we visited last over 20 years ago it was a very easy walk to the vlei. This time one has to slog over small dunes and thick sand before finally reaching the pan. What is very curious is that Deadvlei still looks so very...More

Thank JJBuirski
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

One of the highligths of Namibia so many people go here. We were here end of may, so not very crowded yet. (In fact, we had the place for our own for at least an hour). It is an amazing, unearthy place where you cannot...More

Thank Matroxnl
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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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