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“Awesome and stark beauty!”
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Deadvlei
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Deadvlei and Sossusvlei Tour by ATV
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Owner description: 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 trees that existed in the river bed have fossilised and stand like stark skeletons dark silhouettes against the white of the salt and the red of the surrounding dunes which rise 300 metres around it. A visit to this gives one the feeling of a visit to the beginning of time.
Irvine, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Awesome and stark beauty!”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

The contrast of the parched white lake bed, the stark desiccated trees and the red sand dunes make for an otherworldly beauty that is a wonder to behold.

Visited October 2013
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

If you visit the Sossusvlei red dunes then you will most likely take a look at the approx 900 year old dead tries in this dried up river. It's an amazing contrast to the red dunes and worth a look while you are there. If you go on one of the guided trips to the dunes then it's usually included.

Visited June 2014
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Winsford, United Kingdom
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“Focal point of Sossusvlei park - great photo opportunity if you get there early”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

You need to get to Dead Vlei early if you want to avoid having dozens of similarly minded tourists taking the picture of Dead Vlei in a deserted state. Please read my review of 'Sossusvlei' for some suggestion.

Visited July 2014
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“Surreal!”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

White baked salt pan surrounded by orange sand dunes under a cloudless blue sky. Ancient trees, dead but still standing. Great photo opp.

Visited June 2014
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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“Barren and Beautiful”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Sossusvlei is just a must-absolutely-visit-place. The gates to the Dunes open at a pre-designated time in the early morning before dawn. One has to travel 60km through the beautiful orange dunes that are Sossusvlei. The last 5 km can only be done with a serious 4x4...the sand is thick and treacherous. Deadvlei is quite a walk away from the parking area, especially loaded down with camera gear. It is stark in it's nothingness, the Vlei long since dried up and everything died. Only skeletons of trees and the multi-hued dunes with its sensual lines and valleys and dips that create different shadows throughout the day. Just simply gorgeous. Take enough to eat and plenty of water as there is nothing to purchase. You will most certainly spend the whole day there and driving back through the park towards the gate allows one to stop and stare and scan-something that is not possible during the dark morning rush to get to the Dunes before Sunrise....that is the object of all the rush in the dark....to see the sunrise over the smooth Dunes of the most quiet place in the world. Sossusvlei.

Visited June 2014
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