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Top Choice Pan in Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei, a large ephemeral pan, is set amid red sand dunes that tower up to 325m above the valley floor. It rarely contains any water, but when the Tsauchab River has gathered enough volume and momentum to push b…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Deadvlei

Although it's much less famous than its neighbour Sossusvlei, Deadvlei is actually the most alluring pan in the Namib-Naukluft National Park – it's arguably one of Southern Africa's greatest sights. Sprouting from t…
Top Choice Canyon in Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Sesriem Canyon

The 3km-long, 30m-deep Sesriem Canyon, 4km south of the Sesriem headquarters, was carved by the Tsauchab River through the 15-million-year-old deposits of sand and gravel conglomerate. There are two pleasant walks: …
Top Choice Natural Feature in Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Hidden Vlei

This unearthly dry vlei (low, open landscape) amid lonely dunes makes a rewarding excursion. It's a 4km return hike from the 2WD car park. The route is marked by white-painted posts. It’s most intriguing in the afte…
Canyon in Namib Section

Kuiseb Canyon

On the Gamsberg Pass route west of the Khomas Hochland, Kuiseb Canyon contains the ephemeral Kuiseb River, which is no more than a broad sandy riverbed for most of the year. Although it may flow for two or three wee…
Viewpoint in Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Elim Dune

This often visited red dune, 5km north from the Sesriem Camp Site, can be reached with 2WD vehicles, but also makes a pleasant morning or afternoon walk. The park authorities suggest that this is the best place to w…
Viewpoint in Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Dune 45

The most accessible of the large red dunes along the Sossusvlei road is Dune 45, so-called because it’s 45km from Sesriem. It rises over 150m above the surrounding plains, and is flanked by several scraggly and ofte…
Hills in Namib Section

Hamilton Hills

The range of limestone hills known as the Hamilton Hills, south of Vogelfederberg campsite, rises 600m above the surrounding desert plains. It provides lovely desert hikes, and the fog-borne moisture supports an ama…