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 red dunes, the highest of which reaches almost 325m, walk along their winding crests and visit the curious Deadvlei. Even in this most inhospitable environment, you will see some elusive wildlife in the area.
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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