Dune 45 Sossusvlei, Sossusvlei

#3 of 36 in Nature in Namibia
One of the most photographed sand formations on the planet, Dune 45 Sossusvlei casts a dramatic silhouette across the Namib Desert. The easiest of the Sossusvlei dunes to reach, the sand mound is 85 m (278.9 ft) tall and possibly up to 5 million years old. The panoramic views that greet you at the top of are well worth the effort of climbing. Discover how to plan a Namib-Naukluft Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • This is a must do when in Namibia. This is easier to climb compared to the one in Gobi Desert in Mongolia as the slope is not as steep. The views from up there is spectacular.  more »
  • The only dune you can climb in the Park. It's not terribly steep. We took off our shoes after just a couple metres. You need to take a LOT of water for the climb - which we did early morning.....  more »
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  • One of the highlights of Namibia. Absolutely beautiful walk on the dunes. One of the most amazing parts about it is that it's different every day. Because strong winds blow the sand around every day you'll never see the same layout twice. Add to that the wind changing direction at different seasons and the dunes slope in a different direction (leaning left or right) as well. I recommend doing the walk barefoot. You'll avoid tons of sand in your shoes and connect with mother nature. 😁 At some points by the ledge it can get a little tough to walk because the path is narrow and people may be walking down while you walk up. At the top everyone will want their own photo to look like they're the only people there. Be sensitive that lots of people are waiting for you to take your photo and move along so you don't create a bottleneck. Sunglasses and sunscreen are a must.

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