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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 yesterday via mobile

Surely one of top place to see in namib. We stayed at desert camp, that is very close to gates, and arrived at gate 1h before the opening. I suggest to come early in the morning, go directly to 2WD park area and use the...More

Thank aetzi82
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was one of the most breathtaking landscapes I have seen. Looked I was taken into some other planet or a science fiction movie scenery. Our planet earth is really amazing and always surprising us. The high red dunes contrast with the white floor of...More

Thank Maria M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wow this place is unique. I love it. Good to go in the morning or late afternoon. Take good shoes and a bottle of water with you. You can take the shuttle there.

Thank Ladina87
Reviewed 3 days ago

Deadvlei is just impressive. We walked on Big Daddy dune (next to Deadvlei) and enjoyed a spectacular view. It took us about 1 hr to climb the dune but it was absolutly worth it. Make sure you go in the morning when it's not that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing, the dead trees on the clay pan are special. Go early as the crowds build after 8am. Also get a different perspective and climb the dune next to the Deadvlei and look down on it. If you aren't confident driving on...More

Thank leisurelymonkey
Reviewed 1 week ago

Deadvlei is the site of a clay pan known for its camel thorn trees that died over 700 years ago. The trees did not decompose because of the dry climate, but they did burn black due to the sun. The pan is surrounded by beautiful...More

Thank DBM1961
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is amazing and a place you need to see it is hard going on your feet and legs but the view from the top of the dunes is breath taking. Take plenty of water with you as there are not cafe's or restaurant...More

Thank Alison M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the area seems to be known generically as Sossulvlei, it's this small area with dead fossilized trees set inside the dunes that is actually Deadvlei that's the main attraction here. It's unlike anything else you've ever seen, and well worth the outing.

Thank MamaAyinde
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My main reason for visiting Namibia was to photograph Deadvlei, and it did not disappoint! It was indeed the highlight of my two week long visit to Namibia. Although this magnificent salt pan is located adjacent to Big Daddy Dune, one does not need to...More

Thank VirginiaTraveler805
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very special place in Namibia and the world! You can drive yourself when you have a 4WD. Or you can take a shuttle for the last kilometers. Be there in the morning for the perfect light to take some breathtaking pictures! The...More

Thank NoeB1
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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 !