Sossusvlei is situated in the southern part of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei (or Sossus Vlei) is the best know tourist attraction site in Namibia. The area is characterised by the salt and clay pan which is surrounded by high red dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The coming together of the dunes in the area prevents Tsauchab River from flowing any further which informs the name Sossusvlei translated to mean ‘dead-end marsh’. The Sossusvlei area sometimes experiences snow. Some animals and plants survive here, despite the harsh climatic condition of the desert. Tourists on photography expedition will love Sossusvlei for the varying color of sand dunes.
The road from Sesriem to Sossusvlei is about 65km which is tarred but for the last 5 km of soft sand. Tourists will need a four wheel drive vehicle to drive through the soft sand end of the road or drop their vehicle and walk the soft sand part. There are shuttles at the end of tarred road too.
There are a number of landmarks to see in Sossusvlei area. Starting from the Sesriem gate which leads into Sossusvlei. The Sesriem Canyon named so because the early Afrikaans explorers had to use six leather traps to create rope to fetch water in the canyon down below. Other places to see are the Dune 45, Deadvlei, HiddenVlei and Big Daddy. All these landmarks have their own peculiarities and should be seen. Some tour operators in the area organise flights to have an aerial view of the dunes in small planes or hot air balloons. The huge red dunes will provide photo enthusiasts with amzing spots to take breathtaking photos of the sunset and sunrise. Sossusvlei landscape is noted as one of the most photographed in Sub-Saharan Africa.