The towering orange sand dunes of Sossusvlei are one of the iconic images that we instantly associate with Namibia. Best avoided midday due to the heat, the dunes are at their peak for photography either early morning or late afternoon. There are other interesting places to visit in this vast national park. Nearby, Sesriem Canyon at 3km long makes for an interesting hike, and the stark beauty of Dead Vlei, where dark skeletons of old trees are scattered, provides yet more great photography.
Reasons to visit Sossuvlei & Namib-Naukluft NP include:
Like much of Namibia, Sossusvlei can be visited all year round, but bear in mind that temperatures soar in the summer months and the dunes are best avoided in the midday heat.
These rust red dunes are part of many Namibia itineraries. It's possible to fly-in or drive, be it self-drive or part of a guided tour. A trip here combines very well with a stay in Swakopmund allowing you to explore the coast too.
You can choose one of the up market lodges in this area for a more luxurious stay, or opt for a self catering option such as the relatively new Desert Quiver Camp. Either way you will be well positioned to explore the entire area.
Perfect for the independent traveller, comfortable, affordable self-catering accommodation close to Sesriem and Sossusvlei.
A relaxed and unpretentious option for those wishing to explore Sossusvlei and the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
A self-catering lodge in a desert setting from where you can visit the sand dunes, canyons and wildlife of Sossusvlei.
Surrounded by red dunes, desolate mountains and gravel plains, Kulala Desert Lodge is set in the heart of the beautiful and desolate Namib Desert.
Time: GMT +2 hours
Flights from UK to Windhoek are usually via Johannesburg or Frankfurt and take about 12.5 hours. Windhoek International Airport is 60km from the city centre.
Language: Namibiaâ€™s official language is English. Afrikaans, Dama/Nama, German, Herero, Oshiwambo, Sukwangali, Setswana and Silozi are also recognised.
Visas are not required British citizens for stays of up to 90 days.
Malaria is present in Namibia. Certain areas are more high risk. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country; make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you.