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Address: near Sousselvlei, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

This is near Susselvlei in Namibia . No pictures can do this justice. It is...

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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Makes you feel like a professional photographer

This is why I came to Namibia. It's stark and beautiful and you will get exactly the Instagram picture you've always dreamed of.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is why I came to Namibia. It's stark and beautiful and you will get exactly the Instagram picture you've always dreamed of.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most beautifull places I've ever seen. Acces by 4x4 cars and short walk. Good to spend the whole day walking around (wig climbing Big Daddy, huge dune overlooking Deadvlei. A lot of old, dry trees. Very special place for making photos. The best time for making photos is in the late afternoon, when the light is "warm"... More 

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Soest, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Deadvlei is a must visit. When driving with your own care, you do good to deflate your tires. We were the first driving into the deadvlei part and almost got stuck While deflating the tires of our 4x4, an other couple got stuck. It's easy to do with a 4x4, but our advise is deflate them a bit and full... More 

Thank mahlegrand
Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once part of the river blocked off by a sand dune barrier blown in by the furious wind some 600 years ago forcing a change of river course. Then drought dried the river. The dead tree trunks that stand are of trees 400 years old when the river changed course. The walk there and back can either be at a... More 

Thank Chrisbeeoxford
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Like much of Namibia, the Deadvlei feels otherworldly. An absolute must for the bucket list ... book a lodge that is not too far away as you need to arrive early to avoid heat (summer) as well as enjoying the morning hues - it's about 63km from the gate to the vlei so ideally you don't want to be very... More 

Thank TheSafariGuy1976
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

The vastness of this area needs to be seen to be appreciated. Seeing it now and imagining how it once would have been is quite awesome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Finally, I got to witness Deadvlei with my own eyes. The drive towards Sossusvlei was already mesmerising. But Deadvlei itself... wow! Got tears in my eyes from the experience. Am looking forward to coming back!

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Suzhou, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

The contrast of baked hard white rock and dead trees compared to the golden yellow dune sands and bright blue sky is pretty cool. Its kinda cool to try imagine how this area would have looked with water and living trees as its so hot, dry and dusty. Its very easy to walk over the deadvlei as its flat. Its... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

This place is in top ten "must visit" around the world. Desert with orange color and old trees must see in Namibia. Transport from parking point is 150 Namibian dollars for only 1 km.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Pictures don't do it justice. After climbing Big Daddy you get down and you're in Dead Vlei. Just like the dunes, you feel like you're on another planet. Do NOT climb on the trees. That is a no no.

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