Sossusvlei Dunes



Standing on top of a red dune 325 metres above the valley floor, you can’t help but wonder how any life can flourish here. Yet it does.

Sossusvlei Dunes are the oldest and, in our opinion, most spectacular in the world. The best way to get a sense of their magnitude and otherworldliness is to get up in the air. We can’t recommend a hot air balloon ride at sunrise enough: it’s when the sunlight and shadows show the dunes at their most spectacular.

You’ve no doubt seen it in countless photographs, but experiencing the Dead Vlei in the flesh is an absolute must. With its scorched, pale, sandy floor and dried-up trees in such stark contrast to the red dunes and bright blue sky, it’s an iconic scene you’ll never, ever forget. 

Places to stay

  • andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

    Sossusvlei Dunes

    This is a stunning retreat. You really do feel as though you’re in your own private wilderness when you stay...

  • Little Kulala

    Sossusvlei Dunes

    Little Kulala is the gateway to the Sossusvlei Dunes. In fact, there’s a private gate that leads straight from the...

  • The Nest @ Sossus

    Namib Desert - Namib Tsaris Conservancy

    The Nest @ Sossus is one of the coolest places to stay in Namibia. It’s a striking villa, very designer-led...


You can drive down to Sossusvlei from Windhoek, but a scenic flight is recommended.


Sossusvlei can be visited and enjoyed year round, there is little rain in the desert. However keen photographers may prefer to visit  from March to May or August to October when the days are a little cooler, the skies are clearer and there is less heat haze.


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