Sossusvlei, Namibia 2005

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    • Spice colours of the desert
    • Sossusvlei Lodge
    • The ochre sand of the Kalahari
    • Desert nomads
    • Sossusvlei dune and dead acacia
  • Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes in the southern part of the Namib desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. It is a drainage basin, without outflows, for the ephemeral Tsauchab River.

    The Sossusvlei area belongs to a wider region of southern Namib with homogeneous features (about 32 000 km²) between the Kuiseb and Koichab rivers. The high sand dunes vary in colour from vivid pink to orange, as a result of the high percentage of iron in the sand with the concomitant oxidation processes. The older the dunes, the more intensely red their colour. These dunes are among the highest in the world; many of them are above 200 metres.

    Camping is available at Sesriem, but after roughing it we decided it’s time to splurge on a well-deserved stay at the luxurious Sossusvlei Lodge.