Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei, photo by Calips
Sossusvlei (photo by Calips)
 

Sossusvlei, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, is the most popular travel destination in Namibia.

Sossusvlei’s dunes are among the highest in the world, with many over 650 feet (200 m). The highest, nicknamed Big Daddy, is around 1,250 feet (380 m) high.

There is good travel infrastructure.  A concrete road has been built in the early 2000s to connect Sesriem and Sossusvlei’s one of the few non-urban concrete roads in Namibia. Several accommodation structures are found along the border of the National Park, between Sesriem and the nearest settlement, Solitaire. Recently, structures have been built inside the park as well.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   Lonely Planet
   Rough Guide
   1000 Places to See Before You Die

 

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Sossusvlei Lodge

Towering over the red sand dunes of the Namib Desert, this 4-star lodge offers an outdoor pool and a dining terrace overlooking a floodlit waterhole. Its bar serves cocktails and South Africa’s finest wine. Free WiFi access is available at reception. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$250

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Desert Camp

Located in Sesriem, in Namib Desert, Desert Camp offers luxurious self-catering units, with private bathrooms. Only 5 km away from Sossusvlei Lodge, it features an outdoor pool with fountain. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

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Desert Quiver Camp

Surrounded by granite outcrops and with stunning views and roaming wildlife, Desert Quiver Camp offers modern self-catering accommodation, located just 5 km away from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

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Le Mirage Resort & Spa

Le Mirage Resort & Spa is a unique desert oasis in Solitaire, Namibia. It offers luxury accommodation and gourmet dining. The lodge has a swimming pool and includes free WiFi throughout. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$169

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Moon Mountain Lodge

Featuring a year round outdoor pool, this eco-friendly lodge offers tents located in the Naukluft Mountains. Free Wi-Fi is offered. A restaurant and a bar are available on site. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$124

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Desert Camp

Desert Camp

Located in Sesriem, in Namib Desert, Desert Camp offers luxurious self-catering units, with private bathrooms. Only 5 km away from Sossusvlei Lodge, it features an outdoor pool with fountain. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Desert Quiver Camp

Desert Quiver Camp

Surrounded by granite outcrops and with stunning views and roaming wildlife, Desert Quiver Camp offers modern self-catering accommodation, located just 5 km away from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Moon Mountain Lodge

Moon Mountain Lodge

Featuring a year round outdoor pool, this eco-friendly lodge offers tents located in the Naukluft Mountains. Free Wi-Fi is offered. A restaurant and a bar are available on site. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$124

$124-
Le Mirage Resort & Spa

Le Mirage Resort & Spa

Le Mirage Resort & Spa is a unique desert oasis in Solitaire, Namibia. It offers luxury accommodation and gourmet dining. The lodge has a swimming pool and includes free WiFi throughout. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$169

$169-
Sossusvlei Lodge

Sossusvlei Lodge

Towering over the red sand dunes of the Namib Desert, this 4-star lodge offers an outdoor pool and a dining terrace overlooking a floodlit waterhole. Its bar serves cocktails and South Africa’s finest wine. Free WiFi access is available at reception. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$250

$250-

Highlights:

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Natural
Deserts
The desert in Sossusvlei has dried mud flats, dunes, and the odd animal. It is a good place to watch the sunrise. One climbs a dune 45 in the dark and then watches the sunrise in the world's oldest desert. There are a number of hiking trails, but marking is poor and it easy to get lost.
Geologic Formations
Sossusvlei is known for its immense and colorful sand dunes, in a range of colors -- from yellow to orange to vivid red. This is a consequence of a high percentage of iron in the sand and consequent oxidation processes, with the oldest dunes having a more intense reddish color.
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