You take a lot of photos in the middle of a bright cloudless day and they look great. In fact, some of the best pictures you have ever taken. You see the display on your camera and think Wow! Then that night or the next day you look again. They look slightly odd. Then you get home and throw them on your computer and they seem fuzzy. Lots of your fabulous photos are in the limbo area between screensaver quality and delete. Why? Blowing sand! Sometimes you don’t even notice it. You digital camera with electronic focus, however, does.
Take a big digital storage card (or several) and take hundreds of photos. Not dozens – hundreds. Many photos won’t come out perfectly. Just keep shooting.
Film? No way.
Since Namibia isnt (yet) so much into tourism, it's not easy to find a real tourist trap, and Soussouvlei is a really nice place to go, BUT:
be warned. The road that goes in (and out, since it is only one) is 67 km long, the last 5 km are only permitted if you have a 4WD (and believe it, you will need it, since it is only sand there).
The road was tarred 1 year ago, but you wouldn?t believe it. It has so many big potholes, that a normal gravel-road like elsewhere in namibia would be better. The only thing what it improves is, that there isn?t that much dust from the cars anymore. And there are more cars on this street than i have seen the whole week before (and after).
Update August 06: the road seems to have been tarred new, so no more problems like this. Let's see how long it lasts!
Unique Suggestions: If you go into this dead-end street and you are 2 cars: leave one outside, you must come back the same road anyway...
The big dunes begin after about 30 km.
Dune number 45, which is famous because its closest to the street can be climbed: just try it!
If you have a 4WD do the last 5 km, it is also quite fun driving.
In the dead vlei (at the end) you should at least go and walk a little (1km to, 1km back). For this you have come here, right?
Fun Alternatives: You want to see some big dunes? Go and take the Hot-Air-Balloon drive from camp Mwisho and make the evening drive by car there, too.
Or if you can afford it, you can see them from above by plane, starting from Swakopmund.