Wilderness Namibia Kulala Landscape

Namibia

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei, in the Namib – one of the world’s oldest deserts – is a photographer's dream. Sun-drenched dunes, in a sea of ochre-red sand.


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Experience the serenity of Sossusvlei

Explore horizon-wide vistas on your Sossusvlei adventure. Spend evenings dining under the stars. Venture on foot or e-fatbike over a landscape that’s remained unchanged for millions of years. Spot desert-adapted wildlife such as ostriches, oryx, bat-eared foxes, or even the endemic dune lark. At dusk hear the call of barking geckos, as you fall asleep under a star-filled Namibian sky. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Sossusvlei at a glance

Have you heard of Dune 45 and Big Daddy? Marvel at these world-famous Sossusvlei dunes, which are yours to explore from our luxury camps. These dunes in the Namib-Naukluft Park are part of the Namib Sand Sea – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The world’s only coastal desert with widespread dune fields where fog is the main source of water.

Key Facts

Sossusvlei key facts

Improbably beautiful. There’s much to discover at Sossusvlei. From the tallest sand dunes in the world to a fascinating 1.8 km-deep canyon, intriguing desert-adapted wildlife and 900-year old fossilised camelthorn trees at Dead Vlei, the area is best explored from our two captivating desert retreats – Little Kulala and Kulala Desert Lodge.

GEOGRAPHIC SIZE

32,000km²

BIRD SPECIES

+/- 370

MAMMAL SPECIES

+/- 23

BEST TIME TO VISIT

All year round

WILDERNESS CAMPS

2

Habitats

Wildlife

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THINGS TO DO

Sossusvlei experiences

The Sossusvlei dunefield sets the stage for some thrilling adventures. Conquer the 300-metre orange dunes at Sossusvlei itself, and take in the view across a sea of sand. On the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, cycle past a herd of oryx, maybe an ostrich or two, or up the speed on a quad bike sunset ride. Savour a glass of bubbly over breakfast after a hot-air balloon ride.

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Explore camps in Sossusvlei

No visit to Namibia is complete without a visit to the dunes and escarpment of the oldest desert in the world – the Namib. Best explored from our two elegant desert sanctuaries, Kulala Desert Lodge and Little Kulala. Located in the 27,000 ha Kulala Wilderness Reserve, our camps feature a private gate to Sossusvlei, for the closest, exclusive access to one of the most famous landmarks in Namibia.

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Sossusvlei featured stories

Wander across ancient sand dunes with us. Scroll through our award-winning wildlife images, travel tales in Sossusvlei, Namibia and updates from the desert. Coffee hot? Comfortable? Enjoy.
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When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.