Towering dunes, shimmering pans and an endless sea of sand, this is Sossusvlei. In the Nama language, Sossusvlei means ‘the gathering place of water’, but it is defined more by its lack of water. Located at the end point of the ephemeral Tsauchab River, Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan, enclosed by gigantic mountains of sand, including one of the highest dunes in the world, rising 325 metres above sea level. Climb to the top of the dunes and slide down them just for fun. Take in the endless vistas of the Namib sand sea, and challenge the inner artist or photographer in you to capture this spectacular landscape. Discover Hidden vlei and Naravlei, and the highly photogenic Dead Pan, a large ghostly expanse of dried white clay, punctuated by skeletons of ancient camel-thorn trees; these are sunken treasures that shimmer in the dunes around Sossusvlei. Watch the sunrise over one of the oldest ,driest places on earth. Be bewitched by the Southern Cross, a part of an astonishing depth of constellations, planets and stars that bring magic to desert nights. Explore nearby Sesriem Canyon, where thousands of years of erosion expose layer upon layer of rock and time in a narrow gorge that plunges down 30–40 metres. Learn more of the plant and animal life that has adapted to survive in extraordinary ways in one of the most captivating deserts on earth.
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