Photographer's Note

The most photgraphed place in Africa after the pyramids of Egypt is probably this place. Sossusvlei is the main clay pan among the dunes, but Deadvlei nearby is more photogenic. Unfortunately it is difficult to get a good light there, as the gates to the national park open at sunrise and it is quite a distance by road from the gates, plus a shuttle bus from the 2wd parking area, plus 20 min walk to Deadvlei, by which time the sun is too high to get the best photos. The potholes on that "road" are just as memorable and spectacular as the dunes. Some more info:

Sossusvlei is a vegetated clay pan set among towering 'apricot' coloured sand dunes in the southern Namib Desert. The Pan is at the end of the Tsauchab River catchment area, where the Great Sand Sea begins and stretches for 75km to the coast. The flooding of Sossusvlei is a rare and exciting event which occurs only after heavy rains in the nearby Naukluft Mountains cause the usually dry Tsauchab River to flow. The immense sand dunes in the Sossusvlei area, some around 300m in height, are a highlight of many Namibian Safaris and the focal point of many photographs. The light playing on the dunes at various times of the day change their colour from apricot to orange to red, a strong contrast to the white clay pans and blue sky. The neighbouring pan of Deadvlei is also visually stunning. The large camel thorn trees that stand in Deadvlei have long since perished when the encroaching dunes blocked the flooding river, but they still stand as monuments to a less arid past.

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Additional Photos by Tan Yilmaz (capthaddock) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3689 W: 138 N: 6179] (28790)
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