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Namib-Naukluft National Park
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3-Day Sossusvlei Express from Swakopmund
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Sesriem
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 4 April 2018

We drove from Windhoek, which took us about 6 hours with a very long stop in Solitaire. We did both a sunset and sunrise hike, which were definitely the highlights. In order to do that, you have to stay inside the park, which I definitely recommend.

We went on a holiday (Easter) weekend. The park was definitely busy, but it did not feel like there were massive amounts of tourists around. Several times during our day, we did not see other people, and were able to have places to ourselves.

We hiked Entim for sunset, which was beautiful. It's an easier hike so it's nice because you don't have to rush down to make it back out of the gate on time.
We then did Dune 45 for sunrise, which is a harder climb, but definitely worth it.
I recommend climbing Big Daddy as the view is amazing. Then you can run down the dune to Deadvlei from there.
The Canyon was ok. It's nice to do during the hot part of the day as you get some shade and it's an easy walk.
You can eat and drink anywhere you want inside the park. We set up our table at the bottom of Dune 45 after sunrise, and made breakfast. We also took happy hour drinks with us at sunset.

Thank tsibanas
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The scenery in this area is absolutely stunning. It is best viewed early in the morning both because of the light on the dunes but also it is much cooler to walk. If you can take a 4WD it is much better but there are shuttle vehicles to drive the last part if you don't think your car will make it. Definitely worth a look if you are in Namibia.

Thank 1990Jane
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

This is a large national park which has among other areas the renowned Sossusvlei. There is a lot more to see if you drive slowly in the non-dune areas of the park. Plenty of wildlife like Gemsbok, Ostriches etc. The landscapes are impressive even in the areas outside the famous dunes. Sossusvlei is where a lot of tourists go and it is an impressive dune area especially under the right light. However, it is important to keep in mind that you can only walk on selected dunes and unfortunately there is too much of a rush to go to the end of the road ignoring all the beautiful areas between the entrance to the dunes and the end of the paved road into the dune area. The dunes near the entrance are lovely and you are allowed to walk there. They have more vegetation than those further on and there are many interesting insects and even.

You have to be out of the park by 7:30 pm unless you camp inside the park then you can start your drive hour earlier than the 6:45 opening gate time and stay an our later after the 7:30 gate closing time.

I did not hike the big dunes since I opted for exploring less crowded parts of the park. I should mention that like most other "world attractions" this place is way too crowded and there are many tours bringing in more and more people. Unfortunately this detracts from the beauty of this place. While I agree that under the right lights the dunes and landscapes in Sossusvlei are impressive, I can say that there are many other dry areas inside Namibia-Naukluft National Park that are impressive as well and far less visited than Sossusvlei. The hike to the big dunes are not trivial and my impression is that many people start and not all are able to finish this hike.
Because of the touristy and crowded atmosphere I am not sure that I would visit the dunes at Sossusvlei a second time.

Thank Sarracenia
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

You can't take a bad picture in the park. Make sure you are in line to enter the park as soon as it opens at sunrise. The park service is incredibly efficient as they take payment when you exit. The park fees are really inexpensive considering that you are seeing a UNESCO World Heritage site. I would suggest going with a small tour (such as those organized by Sossusvlei Adventure Center) but you can go on your own (and then take a park shuttle for the last sandy stretch or take your own 4WD vehicle). We went immediately to Dead Vlei and hiked up one of the dunes and slid down into the pan. Dead Vlei was my favorite area of the park as the dead trees against the white of the pan, the orange of the sand, and the blue of the sky is just unbelievable - in real life and in photographs. Even though there are lots of people around, you can still get some great shots. Our tour included a great breakfast which we had at a little picnic table in the shade in a spot that felt very private. We visited Sossusvlei, itself, which I didn't find as impressive and also visited Dune 45 which is very photogenic. We were traveling with a five year old and so didn't climb Big Daddy. I'm sure it is a thrill. But with the desert sun beating down on you and the extreme, dry heat, you may need to visit a few times to see everything. We visited Sesriem Canyon on our own. it is just inside the park boundaries and is an easy hike. We walked for a kilometer or so before turning around. The park really is a wonder of a place and won't disappoint. It's worth the drive and the cost of staying in the area. For our five year old, it was like the world's largest sandbox. In other words, he loved it!

Thank Fantajan
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Amazing national park. From Sossusvlei you can get into the park and visit some of the most amazing desert landscape as well as climb a number of dunes!

Thank MassiG
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