Sossusvlei is located in Namibia, in the middle of the world’s oldest desert in a town called Sesriem.
How to get to Sossusvlei
You can drive there by car or join a group tour, which you can organize from one of the big cities in Namibia. From the parking place at Sossusvlei it is a 1.1 km hike through the sand to the valley, it is recommended to take enough water and a hat because the sun is very strong.
Where to stay in Sossusvlei
It is best to stay just out of the national park Sesriem because this is way cheaper than in the park. You can choose from a campsite or a lodge, the lodge is quite pricy while the campsite is very cheap.
There is a fee of about 6$ per person and then you can go to every place in that national park. Currency: In Namibia they have Namibian dollar, you can get cash at almost all the camping’s and lodges in Namibia.
How much time do you need in Sossusvlei
About 1 – 2 days, there is a very nice canyon to view in the same national park and a sand dune called “dune 45” which you can walk on and look out over the amazing landscape.
When is the best time to go
The best time is from June to September. During this period it is winter in Namibia but the winter temperatures here can still reach up to 30 degrees.
What to do in Sossusvlei
The best timing to see the valley is at sunrise, and then you can see the colors come to life! It is also very nice to hike up on dune 45 because from there you can see the whole surrounding landscape. The canyon is also worth to walk through if there is some time left.
What not to do
The last 5 kilometres to the Sossusvlei is a sandy road and you should only drive down that road yourself if you have a four-wheel drive, if not you must use the shuttle service provided there.