Sossusvlei – Land of the Sand Mountains
Few places on Earth, let alone Africa, can compare to Namibia’s unparalleled beauty and adventure. Here, in this small, wondrous country, countless experiences await – from the towering, majestic sand dunes, to the rush of wild rivers, to awe-inspiring canyons, and even the occasional oasis. So, whatever you seek – whether a thrilling adventure or a quiet getaway – countless Namibia guided tours are perfect for you!
One of Namibia’s most magnificent offerings is Sossusvlei. The colossal dunes of Sossusvlei are not only well-known throughout Namibia but have become renowned worldwide. From space, these majestic megalithic mountains can be seen stretching far and wide, constantly shifting, creating a new tapestry of the desert landscape with each passing day. Although climbing up these sandy giants is hard, you’ll be rewarded with a spellbinding view of the Namib Desert.
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Namibia’s Sossusvlei, situated within the breath-taking Namib-Naukluft Park, is a paradise for photographers and painters alike due to its mind-boggling sand dunes standing as tall as 1000ft. Hues of red and orange, created over eons, fill the dunes with character and charm. The breath-taking contrast between these warm-toned mounds and the glistening white clay pans which lie at their feet is most spectacular when viewed at sunrise and sunset.
Sossusvlei is a picture-perfect sight. The name translates to ‘dead-end-marsh,’ aptly describing its nature as a drainage basin for the Tsauchab river. A unique salt-rich crust has formed over time by the river’s infrequent overflow. A luxury Namibia safari, tailor-made for you, will ensure you see the best this dessert amphitheater offers. And without the crowds and tight, prescriptive schedule.
Reasons to visit Sossusvlei on Your Namibia Private Tour
Gaze at the scenery so incredible it must be seen to be believed
The vast desert scape – Mother Nature’s masterpiece – stretches out before you in all its overwhelming glory. Rocky and desolate, the land is framed by rugged mountains, scattered with curious rock formations, and finally meeting the soaring terracotta dunes. Remote and lunar-like, this stark landscape blends together in perfect harmony, like an uninterrupted impressionist painting.
Scale the Towering Peaks of The World’s Highest Dunes
The Namib Desert is home to some of the Earth’s most extraordinary sand dunes. Whether you’re a daring explorer, a curious adventurer, or just looking for some childhood nostalgia, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Big Daddy and Dune 45 are some of the most popular spots, but with so many majestic peaks of varying heights, you’re sure to find a dune to your liking. Climb the highest peak, hike partway and slide down, or wander around the vlei and admire the incredible views of cascading dunes.
Stare at the Infinite Stars that Dot the Night Sky
In 2013, NamibRand Nature Reserve made history as Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. It achieved a remarkable Gold Tier status – an accolade bestowed upon environments that boast an exceptionally low impact from artificial light. Located 90 miles from the nearest town, this impressive reserve boasts some of the darkest skies ever measured, free from the light pollution that plagues many other areas.
Situated just outside Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, is a top-of-the-range observatory equipped with the mighty Meade LX200R 12-inch telescope – one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. With the guidance of an experienced resident astronomer, guests can get a close-up glimpse of the heavenly constellations and planets shimmering in the enchanting Namibian night sky.
Sail the Sky and Marvel at the Majestic Beauty of The Dunes as The Sun Rises
Do you ever feel like you need a reminder of how small and insignificant you are in this world? To have that humbling experience, jump in a hot air balloon and take in the beauty of the Namib Desert in an unforgettable 360° panorama. Wake up before dawn and take the trip to the launch site and as the sun rises, rise up with it and look at the jagged mountains protruding from the ever-changing dunes. Fly above a landscape untouched by time for millions of years and be left in awe. This is a popular option for lovebirds enjoying a Namibia honeymoon package.
Explore the Desert and Find an Abundance of Life
The Namib Desert, the oldest desert on Earth, would be expected to be barren and lifeless; however, it is alive with a multitude of life. The winds are to thank, as the easterly wind brings dust and debris that nourish the bugs and reptiles while the westerly wind brings much-needed moisture. Everywhere you look, the desert is busy with life, teeming with inquisitive critters and desert-dwelling plants. The dazzling display of desert flora (and fauna) is a testament to their incredible adaptability and resilience. From photogenic quiver trees blossoming in brilliant yellows to the mystifying Welwitschia plant living up to 1,500 years to the highly toxic false ink cap mushrooms, the desert is a miraculous place.
Contemplate the Unsolved Puzzle of the Fairy Circles
Mysterious and captivating fairy circles can be found scattered across the stark Namib Desert, defying explanation. Astonishingly, these grass-ringed patches always appear to be evenly spaced and never overlap, lending an enchanting air to the desolate landscape.
Countless theories exist – from dragons breathing fire below the surface of the Earth to ostriches taking dust baths and underground plants competing for water. But whatever you believe, you a guaranteed to be enchanted.
This is just a sample of what a luxury Namibia tour can offer you when you visit Soussusvlei. If you are looking for a similar experience and want to absorb the sights and sounds of the Namib in a way that cannot be matched, a luxury Namibia safari is a perfect choice. Stop imagining it. See it for yourself. Choose a specialized tour operator with excellent reviews to plan your luxury safari. This guarantees an authentic and immersive encounter. If you’re ready for a custom-made, luxury experience, contact Jewel of Africa Safaris to start designing your dream adventure today.