Namib Desert, Namibia. Sossusvlei and Deadvlei are clay and salt pans in the desert, that are the main attraction in the southwestern African country, part of Namib-Naukluft National Park. The distinctive feature of this location is the red dunes, that add up drama to the overall landscape.
The valleys are the result of Tsauchab river, which floats every 5-10 years, but does not reach the Atlantic ocean and dries instead. The mud that is left finally solidifies, making a picturesque cracked ground.
It is really nice to watch the sunrise in the desert. Do not wander too far from the roads, though, because it will lead you nowhere: the desert stretches for 2000 km along the Atlantic coast, where it is submerged by the cold waters.
All of the travel agencies in Namibia will provide you with tours and guides to this place. Good roads and accommodation are built for tourists. The scenery also could be seen from the above: from a small airplane or hot air balloon.
Lead photo by Rocco Mega
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