Desert and dunes, Namibia
The Namib and the Sossusvlei:
The Sossusvlei is the end of a river that is never leaving the Namib again. It's a plane area surrounded by the highest dunes of the world. 'Big Papa' is more than 300 m high!
Do not try to climb up if you are not in the best shape! It's much harder than you would believe.
If you stay in the Sossusvlei Karos Lodge you have to drive some 30 min til you reach the 2x4 parking. Don't go further unless you have a 4x4 car.
But doesn't matter the way to the Sossusvlei is worth to walk.
You will see the dunes grow bigger and bigger and finally reach the Sossusvlei which normally is absolutely dry.
When I was there in February 1997 I had the great advantage to see a lake in the Sossusvlei. It was the first time after 25 years!
It had rained a lot the months and weeks before. The water flew down the Sesriem Canyon (pics see travelogue) and found the end of it's way in the middle of the dunes.
Into the desert you come across this most fantastic landscape called the moon landscape. Very self explanatory I think.
Stretching 1,200 miles in length,
but averaging a width of only 70 miles,
the Namib Desert is home to the highest sand dunes in the world.
Orange sand as long as I could see with a plant or small tree here and there and dunes. Not very much really but so beautiful and peaceful.
Said to be the oldest and driest desert in the world, with Namib-Naukluft Park being one of the world's largest national parks. With dunes as high as 300m it is also the highest.
Well worth the climb over the dunes to see the 3000-year old dead trees on the flat, dried white pan. Great photo opportunities. Just follow the markers.
Sossusvlei. Desert sand dunes, some of the highest in the world. Best dunescape photography early morning or late afternoon.
The pan sometimes gets filled in winter and then it's even possible to swim in. Last time it apparently was 4m deep.
Sesriem canyon is a wonderfull landscape to walk through, You can enter the canyon from the top and walk all to way to the start of the canyon.
After spending the morning sandboarding, we decided to pick up the pace and test our luck on the quadbikes. Riding up the dunes in the desert was a blast!
Sandboarding in the sand dunes of Namib desert.
During sunrise and sunset the dunes change to amazing colours.
Take a walk through the dunes to Sossusvlei to appreciate what Moses went through for 40 days... ;-)
Visiting Sossusvlei, deep in the Namib desert
The landscapes are amazing. The colours, especially at sunrise are beautiful. Deadvlei is also amazing and very different.
See the Huge Sand Dunes of the Namib desert. for more pics and sand , see my travelogue - chapter Sossusvlei.