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Sossusvlei is a desert attraction situated within the Namib-Naukluft National Park in southwestern Namibia. It ranks as the country’s best-known destination for its spectacular panoramas and stark landscapes.
The word ‘Sossusvlei’ means dead-end marsh, the area being a dried-out salt and clay pan caused by dunes diverting the flow of the Tsauchab River. Only in years of exceptional rainfall does the pan fill with water, otherwise remaining dry and punctuated with the skeletal remains of acacia trees. The area is also notable for the dunes, said to be the highest in the world. It is accessible year-round, with shuttles available for those with a 4×4 vehicle. The area is popular with photographers.

Plan Your Trip

Visitors arriving in Namibia via Hosea Kutako International Airport near Windhoek can either rent a vehicle and drive the 360km (223mi) or join an organised tour, accessing the Namib-Naukluft National Park within which Sossusvlei is located, via the gate at Sesriem. The drive should take about five hours. For self-drive visitors, a 2WD vehicle is sufficient on the main routes. For minor roads, a permit and a 4×4 vehicle are required. For those wishing to fly into the area, Africa’s Eden travel members can plan your trip, including all your travel and accommodation arrangements.