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Sossusvlei means 'the gathering place of water' and in good years seasonal rains succeed in reaching the vleis. Sossusvlei has the highest sand dunes in the world, perhaps Namibia's most outstanding feature, approximately 1000 feet in height; a 300km by 150km dune expanse stretching from the Khoichab River in the south to the Kuiseb River in the north. Perfectly shaped, blown into razor sharp ridges and peaks by the wind.
"Big Daddy", one of the world's tallest dunes, can be climbed for incredible views of Dead Vlei below and the entire area for miles. Aside from the spectacular scenery and geological fascinations at Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, the area is ideal for observing some of the dune life for which the Namib is so well known. Geologists believe that this magnificent desert, that covers most of the Namib Naukluft National Park, is the oldest desert in the world. The older the dune the brighter the colour from slow iron oxidisation and a zillion tiny fragments of garnets. These dunes refract spectacular colours with the changing light and turn from burnt orange through reds to deepest mauve.
Sossusvlei and the Namib Naukluft Park is very popular with photographers. The colours, shapes and contrast of the dunes against the clear blue sky are constantly changing from sunrise to sunset. The desert also makes an interesting contrast to a safari and is often combined with Etosha Pan for a safari.
Kulala Wilderness Camp offers a private location in the exclusive Kulala Wilderness Reserve on the edge of the Namib Naukluft Park. The lodge is small and offers only 10 units with en-suite facilities and sleep-outs under the stars in the middle of the desert.
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is secluded and romantic and offers a dramatic location close to the highest sand dunes in the world. The area promises breathtaking views and magnificent Namibian night skies.
Little Kulala offers a luxurious and unique desert experience; the ideal hide-away for honeymooners or guests looking a private and exclusive safari experience wanting to explore Namibia’s remarkable Sossusvlei sand dunes.
Wildlife found in the reserve includes gemsbok, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, red hartebeest, bat-eared fox and spotted hyena. The more rocky areas are inhabited by kudu, klipspringer, baboon and leopard, while the dunes harbour a rich and diverse micro- fauna. Over a hundred species of birds have been recorded. Animals, insects and plants have adapted to live in this harsh and arid region and get most of their water from sea mist that rolls up to 62miles (100km) inland. All creatures make use of this life-giving moisture. Snakes are common in the Namib, but few of the 20 species are ever seen.
The impressive black and taupe, spiralled-horned oryx can be found. The Oryx and Springbok are able to survive for long periods without water. Spotted hyenas inhabit the Namib Naukluft Park but are rarely seen, while black-backed jackals are more visible. Jackals eat almost anything including rats and mice, birds, insects, reptiles, fruits and berries and therefore survive well in almost any terrain. The Sandwich Lagoon is an important wetland of remarkable beauty, which attracts in the region of 200,000 birds to the lagoon and mudflats. Flamingos constitute the largest percentage of water birds here and breed during the rainy season. The lagoon also supports several endangered Red Data species such as Chestnut-banded plover, white pelican and black-necked grebe.
All the Wilderness Safaris Lodges have the distinct advantage of having their own private gate into the Park. This allows guests staying at these lodges to access the sights quickly. Kulala Desert Lodge is very well located.
A very luxurious option that gets great reviews is Wolvedans Dunes Lodge. The tented lodge offers a peaceful experience in a stunning desert landscape.
You can self drive to Sossusvlei from Windhoek, the drive is about 6 hours. The other option is to make use of the scheduled light air charters.
A small lodge with 16 comfortable guest rooms. This is affordable accomodation from which to experience the Grianite Mountain and desert views of the Sossusvlei. Balloon safaris and senic flights are available from this location.
The lodge offers comfortable accommodation, spectacular scenery and a variety of exciting desert activities, including dune drives. It is the ideal location for guests wanting to explore Sossusvlei, Sesriem and the surrounding areas.
Situated 30km south of Solitaire and 50km north of Sesriem, approximately 45 minutes from the main gate way to Sossusvlei.Most visitors utilise our facilities as an overnight access point to Sossusvlei and the Namib Naukluft hiking trails.
This camps is located in a site adjacent to the legendary and magnificent Sossusvlei Dunes. The camp offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Naukluft Mountains and organises exhilarating desert activities.
This camp offers privacy and intimacy. The emphasis at Wolwedans Dune Camp is offering guests a personal and traditional desert experience form the bygone era. Its tents offer indoor and outdoor sleeping.
Kulala Desert Lodge offers breathtaking views of the famous red sand dune of Sossusvlei, spectacular mountain scenery and vast open plains. Guests can explore the exclusive Kulala Wilderness Reserve and enjoy a fascinating hot air balloon safari.
This lodge allows guests to enjoy the peace and tranquility of this spectacular location whilst being accommodated in spacious and luxurious rooms. The lodge also offers all the services of a top quality spa and a variety of game viewing activities.
This is a remote and exclusive camp located approximately 45km south of Wolwedans. It is surrounded by enormous and spectacular granite rocks. It provides a private and personal safari experience. Activities explore the deep south of NamibRand Nature Reserve.
This Lodge, in the Namib Naukluft National Park, offers luxurious and stylish accommodation from which to experience the remote beauty of the desert landscape. Each thatched 'kulala' has a rooftop sky-bed for romantic stargazing and both indoor and outdoor showers.
This is an ideal setting for honeymooners or guests looking for a private and secluded hide-away. The open plan design of this camp offers sweeping views of the surrounding area. The area offers magnificent star-gazing and beautiful sunsets.
This lodge captures the beauty of this extraordinary desert and offers peace and tranquility combined with exciting desert activities. Accommodation is stylish and complimentary to its landscape. Game drive activities available.
Accommodated in luxurious and spacious stone and glass desert villas, guests can enjoy all aspects of the desert landscape; from the star-viewing windows abouve the beds, indoor and outdoor showers and daily walking tours and game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles.