Sossusvlei, Namibia
Old Dead Tree in Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei (sometimes written Sossus Vlei) is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.

Planning your visit to the Namib Desert around new moon, will make for excellent stargazing!

The name “Sossusvlei” is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area (including other neighbouring vleis such as Deadvlei and other high dunes), which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.
The name “Sossusvlei” is of mixed origin and roughly means “dead-end marsh”. Vlei is the Afrikaans word for “marsh”, while “sossus” is Nama for “no return” or “dead end”. Sossusvlei owes this name to the fact that it is an endorheic drainage basin (i.e., a drainage basin without outflows) for the ephemeral Tsauchab River.

If you’re on a road trip to the Sossuslvei dunes further north, the reserve offers the best chance to see desert wildlife.

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Tours that offer Wildlife viewing in Sossusvlei

Male Lion Etosha National Park
Mid Range

17 Day Namibia Wildlife Only Self-Drive Package

Greater Windhoek - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein - Palmwag - Etosha South - Onguma Game Reserve - Okonjima Nature