Big Daddy Sand Dune
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Conquer the towering sands of ‘Big Daddy’

Sossusvlei excursion

The essence of the Sossusvlei excursion

The Namib Desert is a world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic desert scrapes, and jagged mountain heights. One of the oldest, driest and most pristine areas on earth, the Namib Desert plays host to the largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa, the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The reserve spans 180 000 hectares of unspoiled desert wilderness that stands proudly in sharp contrast to the bright, blue sky. The spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei, are illustrated by magnificent hues of orange and gold, towering over a vast, dry pan. Over 230 meters high and constantly reshaped by the wind, these breathtaking dunes are among the highest in the world.

This incredible half-day adventure takes you across the awe-inspiring sand dunes of Sossusvlei, known as one of the Namib Desert’s most scenic and spine-tingling attractions. The dunes form part of the Namib Sand Sea, an endlessly undulating mass of gold and amber that makes up the biggest dune field south of the Sahara. The tour includes a stop at Sesriem to watch the morning sunrise dance across the sand fields, illuminating the landscape with a blanket of shimmering gold. Journey through an imposing funnel-shaped gap created as a result of the flooding of the Tsauchab River.

The experience culminates at Sossusvlei, ending in the midst of an untouched desert playground, where you can lose yourself amongst waves and waves of silky smooth sand. A breathless climb to the top of the massive ‘Big Daddy,’ the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area, at 325 meters, rewards adventurers with a spectacular view over the peaks and troughs of the sand sea, down to Deadvlei. You can also choose to walk to Deadvlei, where the bleached and twisted branches of dead trees reach up from the desert sands, or visit the Sesriem Canyon. This adventure is a must for nature and photographic enthusiasts. End the spectacular day with a daring run down the vertical slopes and steep sand dunes, with the wind tussling your hair and caressing your smiling face.

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