Sossusvlei – just an hour’s flight south-west of Windhoek, or a five hour drive, will take you to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The park is situated within the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on Earth, and includes the huge dune belt of Sossusvlei. The name “Sossusvlei” is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia, but a ‘vlei’ is actually a shallow lake.
The must do things in this region include a balloon flight followed by a ‘champagne’ breakfast, climbing of Big Daddy (a 1,000 foot tall sand-dune) and hiking into Deadvlei, a dried out salt lake with petrified trees. The contrast of the white the pan, the deep yellow of the sand and the deep blue sky, is truly incredible. Take a tripod for the best possible clarity of picture.