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Sossusvlei and around

March 26, 2014  —  Namibia
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia

Sossusvlei is a salt pan ('vlei' in Afrikaans) located in the Namib Desert. It is a small salt lake dry most of the year. It is surrounded by dunes reaching up to 375 metres. A fascinating aspect of Sossusvlei is the fact that the dunes are moving because of the very strong winds frequently sweeping the region.

This zone is the most visited site in Namibia. It is quite understandable since the scenery is spectacular.

Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
On the ridge, Gitane is going down... On the right, the small dry lake is in fact Sossusvlei.

Around Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia

From the park entrance gate to Sossusvlei, more than 60 km away, there are several dunes such as Dead Vlei, Hidden Vlei and Dune 45. When the sun is low in the sky, the red colour of the sand and the shadows on the dunes offer a fantastic show.

In certain places, during the rare rains, small temporary lakes are created. Then the water dries out resulting in a lovely natural sculpture.

Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Limit between the hard ground and the beginning of tiny dunes.
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Hidden Vlei at the top-right.
Sossusvlei - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Namibia
Hidden Vlei.