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Sossusvlei: A Photographer’s Paradise

Situated in the southern Namib Desert and part of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei means something like ‘dead end marsh’. But don’t let that put you off. The surrealistic landscape here is one of the most photographed places in Africa, and for good reason. Geographically it is a clap pan surrounded by massive red sand dunes. Iron present in the sand is responsible for some remarkable colour variations in the surrounding desert, with every shade of orange, yellow, red and pink imaginable, often sharply offset with deep shadow to make for incredibly vivid photographs. If it’s beauty and colour you are looking for, Sossusvlei has it in buckets.

The largest dune here is aptly called Big Daddy, at about 325m high (355yds). Appropriately enough, there is a nearby dune called Big Mama, and also some petrified dunes, formed billions of years ago.

The dunes are not devoid of life – quite the opposite in fact. Many small mammals and reptiles live here, as well as jackals and ostriches. The Namib Desert fog beetle also lives here and is able to survive by collecting water from morning mists on its back.

Tourists are well catered for in Sossusvlei and there are some excellent hotels, with paved roads to get you between them. One of the more dramatic ways to experience the dunes is to fly over them in a small plane or even hot air balloon – an experience you are not likely to forget.


Our Managers

Ben Hurst
Ben Hurst General Manager
Manages all Africa offices from the Denmark head office. Known for great travel packages like Mandela Africa Tours.
Annelise Bothma
Annelise Bothma General Manager
Manages the Southern Africa office including Namibia and Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps.
Julian Camm
Julian Camm Sales Manager
Julian manages all sales for Africa and the building of new relations with key tour operators internationally.
Jennie Camm
Jennie Camm General Manager
Manages the East Africa offices in Kenya and Tanzania. Safari holidays is their specialty!

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