Probably one of Namibia's most-photographed natural attractions, the burnt-red towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei are ancient. The panoramic views of the Namib Desert from the top of one of Sossusvlei's most visited dunes, Dune 45, are spectacular and well worth the 85-metre climb.

The Namib Desert is said to be the world's most ancient desert. The Naukluft National Park encompasses an area of almost 50,000 km² (nearly 20,000 miles²) and is the largest game reserve in Africa. Besides the iconic Sossusvlei star dunes which are the tallest in the world, the area is also known for the Sesriem Canyon, Deadvlei and herds of stately gemsbok (oryx).

Most tours to Sossusvlei leave early in the morning as the dunes are best seen in the soft morning light when shadows are long and defined. By midday, the harsh desert sun flattens the landscape into a blur of ochres, browns and fawns and the desert heat makes climbing the dunes difficult.

These are not the only Sossusvlei safari itineraries we offer. Let us know your budget, travel dates and interests and we'd be more than happy to customise a Sosussvlei safari to your exact requirements.

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Fly-in Namibian safari
7 Day Namibia Fly-in Safari
7 days
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This seven-day luxury fly-in safari covers most of Namibia's best and most iconic safari destinations – the distinctive ochre dunes of Sossusvlei, the twisted, desolate landscape of Damaraland and the Kaokoveld where you're likely to spot the legendary desert-adapted elephant and Etosha, Namibia's ancient national park. Flying over this vast country, you'll also get an insight into its fascinating detail and incredible landscapes.

Feature 10 Day Best of Namibia Safari Wild Wings Safaris Eric Ward
10 Day Best of Namibia Safari
10 days
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Take in many of the Top Namibian Attractions in this vast and fascinating country – the burnt-red dunes of Sossusvlei, the desolate Skeleton Coast, the quaint quasi-Bavarian seaside town of Swakopmund and the startling geographical features of Damaraland. Search for the desert-adapted elephants and lions and explore Etosha National Park with its ancient salt pan – all in the company of your own highly experienced personal guide.