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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 4 days ago via mobile

What a desolate beautiful unique and mysterious spot. Whether your an amateur or professional photographer, the dessert palate of colours has countless settings for those magazine perfect photos! The trees has stagnated and been dead for hundreds of years. The constant winds and moving dunes...More

Thank George D
Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll find yourself with many other visitors at this spot, but the walk to Deadvlei is definitely worth the walk. The scenery is outstanding and the area extremely photogenic.

Thank Willem H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Before heading into Deadvlei, definitely get your act together and hike up the ridgeline all the way to the top of Big Mama dune, the view is stunning! It takes its time but is well worth it.

Thank prime01234
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our group did a 4-5km walk from the two wheel drive car park rather than take the shuttle. Even though it was very windy, it was an interesting and enjoyable approach to Deadvlei and we avoided the crowds for a while. We climbed up one...More

Thank NettyA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is better to go there in the morning so you can really feel the essence of this place before more tourists get there. Also if you want to go up to the dunes surrounding it since it will take you some time. Take water...More

Thank Jon A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is without doubt the most surrealistic spot I've ever visited. The landscapes with the orange and brown colored dunes, the shiny white floor of the pan, the clear blue sky and the blackened trees are so overwhelming. Words can't describe the beauty of...More

Thank karinevdheuvel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dead Vlei is one of those places that is really worth traveling to in person rather than only seeing in photographs. A convergence of natural factors gives rise to a pretty unique place in the desert... enormous sand dunes enclose the area with desiccated trees....More

Thank SunriseOtter
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Deadvlei is an amazing hike to do into the dunes by Big Daddy Dune. It's about a 20-30 minute hike into the middle of the dune where you'll find the deadvlei or dead pan. Well worth the hike - but take lots of water...More

Thank opalkramer
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Definitely otherworldly beauty, just 25 minute walk across the sand from the furthest car park, up and over a slight rise. It's surrounded by dunes, with the occasional tiny human speck atop some of them, and stretches a good kilometre across between some of the...More

Thank amdgriggs
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Amazing place with magic colors and boom of emotions. A bit crowded but we enjoyed the visit like we were alone

Thank fparoundtheworld
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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 !