is home to the huge red sand-dunes for which Namibia is so renowned.
The name actually refers to the river which once cut right through the massive dunefield to reach the ocean, but which for the last 50km has, over millennia, become blocked by the shifting sands.
A visit typically entails a pre-dawn drive into the valley, flanked by enormous truncated dunes, followed by a walk around Sossusvlei
itself and over into the mysterious Dead Vlei
and climb up one of the largest dunes. Isolated desert experience it is not, but still mighty impressive.
For flying safaris we tend to use top-end private concession lodges such as Little Kulala Lodge
For self-drivers we tend to recommend Kulala Wilderness Camp
, Kulala Desert Lodge
and Sossusvlei Dune Lodge
, Mountain Homestead
or the lower cost Desert Homestead
Take a look at the guidebook
below for more detailed information, or use the lodges
link for an overview of all the accommodation in the area.