Located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia, Sossusvlei is one of the country’s most spectacular landmarks characterised by its white salt pan and Deadvlei surrounded by high red dunes.
The contrasting landscape of the Sossusvlei appears almost otherworldly and its unique geology and inhabitants make it a superb destination for photographers and nature-enthusiasts.
Sossusvlei is almost always dry, but on the odd occasion that the seasonal rains are heavy, it transforms into a spectacular desert oasis. Yet, even at the driest of times though, the pan supports a variety of intriguing fauna and flora, all of which have developed unique adaptations to survive the harsh climate, like the toktokkie beetle, the shovel-snouted lizard, and Grant’s golden mole.
And then of course, there are the striking dunes – shifting mountains whose sands swirl and are shaped daily. With some reaching almost 400m, the dunes have been formed by grains of sand that are millions of years old.
Towering red dunes
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