LUXURY ACCOMMODATION AROUND SOSSUSVLEI
The Namib Desert in Namibia is one of the oldest deserts on earth. The desert scenery around the area of Sossusvlei is dramatic and inspiring - deep red sand dunes curve gracefully, stretching from horizon to horizon, and plunging dramatically into the dried white saltpans of the Tsauchab River below.
Sossusvlei itself is a small oasis of water located toward the end of the floodplains of the Tsauchab River. The road toward Sossusvlei follows a floodplain that is arid, dry, rough, inspiring and intimidating all at the same time. Another highlight very nearby is Deadvlei, a stark white saltpan surrounded by notable red dunes - this is also well worth a visit.
The Sesriem Canyon is a narrow river canyon carved deeply into the ground - 30m deep in places - by the Tsauchab River. On the floor of the canyon rest pools of cool water that can provide a wonderful afternoons respite from the desert heat above, framed by the steep rocky walls of the canyon itself.
Being in the desert is a highly unique experience that has no possible substitute. It's the feeling of true wilderness, of the vastness of the empty surroundings and the African skies, and of the reduction of life to its simplest and purist forms. Hiking in the sand dunes can put distance and time into a new perspective, while viewing these dunes at the break of dawn from a hot air balloon drifting peacefully across the desert will be an experience that you will cherish forever.
If you are visiting this area, don't miss out on a stay at Wolwedans. It offers a classy, simple, and all-too-relaxing desert oasis experience.