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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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Surreal Dali-esque place

The entire place is like a Painting!! Each of the 800 year old dead Acacia trees in Deadvlei ,adjacent to the Big Daddy sand dune , begs to be photographed! Get to it early when... read more

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The entire place is like a Painting!! Each of the 800 year old dead Acacia trees in Deadvlei ,adjacent to the Big Daddy sand dune , begs to be photographed! Get to it early when others are climbing Dune 45 so that u can get the most amazing surreal desert pics .

1 Thank GAGAN S
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the privilege of visiting both after a dune climb and first thing in the morning. The different lighting offered different picture opportunities. There is no words to describe the beauty and isolation of deadvlei, where dead trees have been preserved by dry air and near fossilised by the wind and desert for over 800 years. ( even the... More 

Thank Suren P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome trip out to Dead Vlei. While we had our own car we opted for the bus into the area where you walk in to the Dead Vlei. The drive through the sand it not easy - we got in about 50 metres and went back to the parking area as we were not that confident we would make it... More 

Thank Meg123456
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the Deadvlei (or at least tried to) with my dad. We left our vehicle at the end of the tarred road and then took the NWR bus the extra few kilometres to what we thought was the site of the Deadvlei but it isn't ... you then have to walk 1.1ks through the dunes to get there. Now,... More 

Thank Fi M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 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.

Thank Sarah G
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

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 

Thank Skydance777
Soest, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 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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Reviewed 25 February 2017

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 

1 Thank Chrisbeeoxford
Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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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.

Thank OnnieMelbourne

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