With holidays to Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert discover some of Namibia's most famous scenery. Part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, a sea of endless sand dunes greets you at Sossusvlei: the most visually stunning part of the ancient Namib Desert. Famous for its towering red dunes, the highest of which is estimated to reach almost 325m, walk along their winding crests and reach the top for rewarding views. The most beautiful vistas are found early in the morning and late in the afternoon when light and shadow add a more three-dimensional appearance to the landscape. Visit the curious Deadvlei, once an oasis, now a barren clay pan scattered with dead, blackened acacia trees. Even in this most inhospitable environment you will see some wildlife in the area, with ostrich and oryx appearing during the day while the elusive aardvark will occasionally be seen at night.
Nearby Sossusvlei is Sesriem, a small settlement ideal for topping up with supplies and known for the Sesriem gate, which acts as the main entrance to the National Park and Sossusvlei. The Sesriem Canyon is its most famous attraction; a natural gorge about a kilometre long and up to 30 metres deep. The area is a photographer's dream and can be explored from the air with hot air balloon rides and while on the ground experience the landscape via quad bikes and game drives.
Bordering the Namib-Naukluft National Park and Sossusvlei's famous dunes, the NamibRand Nature Reserve is waiting to be explored. Aiming to conserve the wildlife of the south-west Namib Desert, the area is rife with unique biodiversity. Practicing low impact ecotourism, if you stay in any of the tourism concessions at NamibRand then the proceeds go straight back into conserving the area. At a sprawling 202,200 hectares, scenery inside the reserve encompasses practically every nuance the Namib Desert has to offer: ranging from rising mountain ranges to vast sand plains and patches of savannah. Enjoy guided drives into the soaring peaks of the Nubib Mountains, thrilling hot air balloon rides and incredible stargazing.
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