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“dead trees”(60 reviews)
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“big daddy”(53 reviews)
This is near Susselvlei in Namibia . No pictures can do this justice. It is a huge salt pan created about 900 - 1000 years ago. It takes a 30 minute trek into the desert - and on arrival, it would take about another 30 minutes to walk across it. The...more
near Sousselvlei, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a scheduled stop on our Jenman Tour and it did have the WOW factor. The extent and colours of the dunes were amazing. Great photo opportunities. We walked part way up "Big Daddy" then came down the side of the dune into Deadvlei....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sueellen2
Reviewed 31 January 2019 via mobile

Desevlei is a geological marvel like none other. It has ancient petrified trees that have stood here for hundreds of years. The etchings of the streams long gone are still marked in the dry lake basin. With its unique formations, Deadvlei is extremely popular for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank StoryAtEveryCorner
Reviewed 13 January 2019

No filters needed - this place really looks like all the pics you see online. Incredible dead black trees, on near perfect white cracked earth, with burning red dunes, and perfect blue sky - remarkable. Hike up Big daddy, but start as early as possible...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ilovecorndogs
Reviewed 2 January 2019

Traveling with my husband a two friends, this gem is not easy to find if traveling without a guide! Look out for foot paths as there aren't signs to direct the way. Climb towards the biggest dune you can see (this is called big daddy)...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AndreaC3686
Reviewed 1 January 2019 via mobile

In order to get there you’ve to pay at the entrance of the park. You have to pay at the entrance of the park and then you take a comfortable paved road to the first parking. Here you can book transport to get to the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ghentfreak
Reviewed 10 December 2018

Just returned from 6 weeks in Namibia. We have travelled for 4 decades, never gone back to a place twice, but for the first time in my life can honestly say I would go back to Namibia in a heartbeat. There is so much more...More

Date of experience: November 2018
5  Thank 58JDN
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

I climbed Big Daddy dune first before stepping downwards to dead Vlei. View for picture perfect shot is awesome. The backdrop of a bluest sky against the orange coloured dunes makes any angle you are taking a perfect shot just cos its so pretty. Definitely...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Patricia G
Reviewed 31 October 2018

Beautiful area and a must see. It is not a long walk but due to the heat (even in the morning) this walk is not a easy one.. Take plenty of water with you when you start the journey. But it's worth it.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Diana-worldtraveler
Reviewed 23 October 2018

Deadvlei is one of the highlights of Namibia for many and therefore can be overcrowded. We stayed in the camping inside the park, which gave us the advantage to start earlier than visitors outside the park. We started at 5h30 when the gate opened and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank AFreviews
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

If you can visit early, the area is quieter. Whilst most visitors head up Big Daddy Dune, the dry basin is largely deserted. Enjoy the absolute silence in this desolate but fascinating environment. It is an easy, largely flat walk to get there and the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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8 February 2019|
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Response from Travelexperience12 | Reviewed this property |
This probably is not much help, but we were taken by private transport and arrived at around 0800. The transfers were in operation by this time.
9 January 2018|
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Response from 60stevea | Reviewed this property |
You can drive a regular car/sedan all the way to where the pavement ends, at which point you will have to park at the parking area there and take one of the free 4x4 shuttles the rest of the way to the Deadvlei parking area.
Anita B
21 January 2017|
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Response from sarahtheblue | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other posters - hire a car or join tour group. I dont suggest the former if you are not used to driving those roads. If you get stuck or get a puncture, you can be stranded for hours without any help. I... More