Sossusvlei is undoubtedly Namibia's most iconic landscape, located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world and stretches over 1500km, with dunes reaching heights of 300m. Deadvlei, a white clay pan with dead camel thorn trees, and the dunes surrounding it is the pride of the Namib Desert
Black-backed jackal, springbok, oryx and ostrich are found in the dunes frequently.
Deadvlei is a clay pan characterized by dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. The pan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. However, the climate changed and the sand dunes encroached on the pan, blocking the river from reaching the area. The trees did not decompose due to the extremely dry climate and estimated to be approximately 900 years old. The pitch-black trees and bleached white pans paired with rusty-red dunes and blue skies makes this a paradise for photographers.
Sesriem Canyon is located approximately 4.5km from the entrance gate of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The Tsauchab River has shaped the Canyon over millions of years and it is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round.
The early Afrikaans explorers in the region named the Canyon after the fact that they had to use six (“ses”) leather straps (“riem”) tied together to create a rope long enough to lower buckets into the Canyon below, in order to fetch water.