The name ‘Sossusvlei’ is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area. The Deadvlei forms part of Sossusvlei and is a top-rated attraction. The Deadvlei used to be an oasis before the Tsauchab River changed its course many years ago.
The remains of blackened skeletal Acacia Trees are all that remain from the oasis and are estimated to be about 900 years old. This scene is one of the most photographed landscapes on the African continent. The surrounding dunes are in a constant state of motion as the fierce desert winds continually alter the texture and shape of these dunes.
During sunrise and sunset, the colours of the sand dunes are constantly changing and provide an opportunity for photographers. Big Daddy Dune is the highest dune in Sossusvlei, with a height of about 325 meters. Directly opposite Big Daddy is another very high dune called Big Mama. Finally, dune 45 is very popular for climbing and is only about 80 meters high.
Sossusvlei 3 day ... the travel lay-out
Day 1. We Departure for Namib Naukluft Park, the home of Sossusvlei. The drive is about 350 km long and will take around 5 hours to compleet.Accommodation will be either at a Lodge or a Guestfarm.
Day 2 We depart well before sunrise to Sossusvlei. Before sunrise we stop to experience the wonderfull colours arriving with dawn. Today we visit Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon.
Day 3 Today will be relaxing with a nice braekfast and after this we head back to Windhoek.The drive will be again about 5 hours.
You can also combine this Sossusvlei lodging trip with a stay at the Appaloosa Ranch. Feel free to assk about the options and avialability regarding this option.
All departures and arrivals are from the ranch and back. A transit to Windhoek is also a option.