The dunes reach up to 400m in the Sossusvlei


Sossusvlei lies approximately 65km to the west of Sesriem in a spectacular dune landscape. The last 5km are only accessible by 4x4 vehicle or on foot. It is the outflow of the Tsauchab River into a basin, resulting in a pan that provides much needed water to gemsbok, ostrich and other game that frequent this desert.

The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world, with an up to 300m hight. Various arguments are laid out to support this claim, but all miss the point, which is that Sossusvlei is surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia. Those dunes surround the vlei with some green vegetation within the pan. Often the water seeps away into the ground, leaving a white clay surface.

Sossusvlei is a part of the Namib Naukluft Mountains|Naukluft Park and entry to the vlei must be arranged with the gate office.