We are on our way to Sossusvlei.
Alexandra is waiting with Tara in front of the gate because the dog is not allowed inside.
So I have to go alone, but do not stay long because it’s all become very touristy.
20 years ago there was not even a national park and you could move freely. That for natural beauty must be paid, should be reconsidered.
The dunes are up to 225 meters high and are among the highest sand dunes in the world. The highest in China are up to 500 meters. Despite dissatisfaction with the fees I’m fascinated by the scenic beauty of the desert.
Sossusvlei is a famous and iconic destination located within the Namib-Naukluft National Park in Namibia. It is a clay pan surrounded by towering sand dunes and is known for its stunning and surreal natural beauty.
Sossusvlei is situated in the Namib Desert. It is approximately 380 kilometers (236 miles) southwest of Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.
The main attraction of Sossusvlei is its massive sand dunes, which are among the highest in the world. These dunes, often referred to as star dunes, reach heights of up to 300 meters (984 feet). The sand dunes are known for their vibrant colors, ranging from deep reds to golden hues, particularly during sunrise and sunset.
In addition to the towering dunes, Sossusvlei is famous for its dead camelthorn trees that stand in stark contrast to the surrounding landscape. These trees have been preserved due to the extremely dry conditions of the area and provide a dramatic and haunting backdrop for photography.
Sossusvlei itself is a clay pan that fills with water during rare and heavy rainfall events, although it is typically dry for the majority of the year. Nearby is Deadvlei, another clay pan famous for its white pan floor and the surreal sight of dead camelthorn trees set against the red dunes. The contrasting colors and textures make for a striking visual experience.
Climbing the dunes is a popular option, allowing you to witness breathtaking views from the top. Dune 45, named after its location 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the Sesriem Gate, is a popular dune to climb. Additionally, guided walks and nature drives are available, providing opportunities to learn about the desert’s ecology, flora, and fauna.