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Sossusvlei, Namibia

Namibia | 23 June

I have driven over 1500kms during the past few days through the desert regions of Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Windhoek and Gobabis. After spending an afternoon fishing just outside Swakopmund, I headed south across the Tropic of Capricorn, to hike the famous Dune 45 in Sossusvlei.

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Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert. Dune 45 staggers 170m high over Sossusvlei and is said to be composed of 500 million year old sand. It is an incredible hike to the top of the dune, but certainly not for the faint-hearted!

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A 2km drive from Sossusvlei is Deadvlei, another clay pan, punctuated by blackened, dead acacia trees, in vivid contrast to the shiny white of the salty floor.

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This surrealistic landscape has been used as a setting for many films and videos and is a dream location for the avid photographer looking to capture the raw beauty of Africa.

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