Nothing prepares you for the view from the top of one of Sossusvlei’s surrounding dunes: miles and miles of dunes stretching endlessly away, changing from apricot to brick-red as the sun rises.

Sossusvlei is the most photographed place in southern Africa and it’s not hard to see why. The sweeping red dunes crisp against the blue sky. The salt and clay pans, as white as marble, like dance floors enclosed by walls of sand. The black limbs of long-dead acacias, relics from a time when an ancient river flowed here, then lost its way among the dunes, reach up like strange sculptures to the sky, unable to decompose in this dry place.

Writer Julienne du Toit describes Sossusvlei, located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, as “the world’s largest sand-pit for adults”. Whether you walk sedately back down the spine of a dune or run whooping like a child down the steepest slope, you can’t help but be captivated by the magic of Sossusvlei.

Highlights In Sossusvlei

  • Explore the desert secrets of Sossusvlei (including both big and small wildlife) on a guided walk
  • Get a bird’s eye view of the world’s largest dunes from a scenic charter flight or incredible hot air balloon safari
  • Enjoy a quad bike adventure through the dunes, trails and rugged escarpment of the Namib-Naukluft National Park
  • Climb the impressive dunes – including Big Daddy at 325 metres – and soak in the wonder of Sossusvlei