You may of seen pictures of Deadvlei and Sossusvlei as this really is the most photogenic place in Namibia and it is a huge tourist attraction. But nothing is better than witnessing this phenomenal location than in the flesh.
The area is made up three main attractions which can be visited in a few hours from the early hours of the day before the roasting sun of the Namib desert begins to beat down.
Dune 45 is the first stop off during the morning in Sossusvlei, you need to get there early to beat the crowds who are clambering to the top for the sunrise but as everyone is there for the same reason it’s pretty tough. The gates open at 4.30am and it’s a scramble to the top but my goodness that view is so worth it.
Sossusvlei is in the largest conservation area in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This place is a filled with endless sand dunes that go for miles and in every direction. The sun shone brightly on the golden sand dunes and they rolled and looped through the desert. The contrast between the dunes and the sky made this location beautiful and seriously photogenic.
Deadvlei is a hugely photogenic area because of its salt pan in the middle, the dark dead trees and the blue sky are all so contrasting it makes for excellent photos and a really unique attraction in the middle of the desert in Namibia.
The salt pan was formed when a river flooded and the water allowed these trees to grow and thrive. The climate changed and 900 years later these trees are still standing. It was so interesting strolling around this area and trying to work out how the heck this place ended up looking like this in the middle of a desert.
The walk from the entrance is around 1km and as it is the last stop of the day the sun is well and truly up so be sure to take water with you as it is baking hot! I spent around 45 minutes in the salt pan before heading back to the transport.
If you are in Namibia, no trip would be complete without going to Dune 45, Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. It was such an enjoyable morning spent marvelling at some of Mother Nature’s beauty.
Have you been to Deadvlei?