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Sesriem/Soussusvlei

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You should book well in advance, but try your luck and just turn up. Magical Soussusvlei is really something and well worth the drive. The dunes are about a 5km walk from the car park AND YOU HAVE TO TAKE WATER or you will die in that sun. Get naked. Take lotza photos. Feel like the first person to ever walk on earth. And run/jump/roll down a dune 'cos it's real fun.

The camp site at Sesriem receives its name from the nearby canyon of the same name. Early pioneers, wanting get water from the canyon had had to tie six leather thongs to the handle of their buckets, to draw water from pools that were inaccessible to their livestock.

This is the gateway to the sand dune desert and on to one of Namibia's most popular and famous tourist attractions, the dunes at Sossusvlei which is many backpackers' main reason for camping at Sesriem. 

Sossusvlei means 'the gathering place of water' in the local Nama language. The high, red sand dunes which surround Sossusvlei form part of the sand sea, which stretches from just north of Luderitz to the Kuiseb River. Some of these dunes reach as high as 220m.

Part of the Namib/Naukluft Park, it is one of the least populated areas in the country where the visitor can experience an intense feeling of vastness and isolation. Here the magical and awe-inspiring beauty of the night skies can be enjoyed like few places on earth.