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It doesn't get much more dramatic than the gigantic dunes of Sossusvlei, in the heart of the Namib Desert, and one of the most iconic sights in Africa.
Why we think you’ll love it
- You just can't fail to be impressed by climbing these huge iconic sand dunes as the sun rises - the sight is a photographer's dream
- The Namib is a vast coastal desert that just has to be seen from the sky, as well as by climbing up the huge 300-metre high iconic dunes of Sossusvlei, which is believed to be the oldest desert in the world
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Namib Desert Safaris: The Detail
Sossusvlei is a clay pan, or dry lake, enclosed by giant sand dunes - thought to be the tallest in the world. Very occasionally, when there has been sufficient rainfall to cause the Tsauchab River to flow, the pan fills with water and becomes a turquoise lake that lasts just a few weeks and makes the scenery even more surreal. The dunes have been sculpted by the wind over millions of years, and some of them have become petrified over time.
The nearby NamibRand Nature Reserve lies on the eastern edge of the Namib Desert and contains a desert tapestry of colours and shapes that make it a visual utopia for those in search of natural beauty on a safari holiday. Game species found in the reserve include oryx, zebra, ostrich, giraffe, several species of antelope, and a wide variety of smaller desert creatures. Over a hundred species of birds have also been recorded.
Conservation is key in the NamibRand, so the number of guests to this wilderness paradise is strictly limited, and we know all the finest places to stay and can arrange activities from guided game drives or walks led by knowledgeable guides to picnics in the reserve.