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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 6 days ago

The white clay surface of the Deadvlei is so hot that it may melt the glue of the soles of your (cheap) shoes. The place is very photo genetic.

Thank huys25
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Situated by the menacingly high Big Daddy with its 300 meters this is awalk of about 1 km from the parking that is easy to be done . The shapes of these dead trees on the dune background make for excellent photo opportunities. A truly...More

Thank Andrei F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing landscape. TOILETS ARE DISGUSTING AND ACTUALLY NOT TO BE USED. This is hidden because of the nature of the surroundings.

Thank Ilanza K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove all the way to the nearest parking, which was wise. If possible, make sure to drive as close as you can. The 10-15 minutes walk through find sand is quite exhausting. But to finally make it to the Deadvlei was worth the labour....More

Thank Thomas W
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Walk through the scorching dunes to arrive at a mystical white salt pan littered with the stumps of dead trees. A surreal experience and well worth the exhausting walk to reach the valley.

Thank Alan J
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Of course the sossusvlei is a must see when visiting (west)Namibia. The organisation however, ran by NWR could be a lot better. If you go early to the deadvlei, you probably have a jeep waiting for you at the parking, where the shiny asphalt road...More

Thank bjdendekker
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

If you want to feel like a stranger on this planet, being constantly hit by a tough sun in an extremely quiet environment, this is the place for o be .... Incredible experience ....

Thank David_F1206
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Easy walk about 35 minutes return In hot hot sun about 38 degrees Take water and hat If you take your own car 4 wheel drive a must Deep sand in spots Well worth it

Thank Flipper331
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Last thing first: presumably you have seen thousands of pics and yes it is worth watching it, it is really amazing! There are only decisions to make. First, are you a dessert warrior or not. If yes, go and make yourself familiar driving a 4by4...More

Thank Mathias M
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

After viewing the dunes of Namibia, this is worth the extra drive. If you are a confident 4x4 driver you can drive the last 5 km yourself, otherwise get the frequent shuttle bus. The clay pan & dead trees are about a 20 min walk...More

Thank BELMONTIpswich
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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
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 !