Sossusvlei is a popular tourist destination in Namibia. Famous for its sand dunes, Sossusvlei is located in a small valley which sometimes even see the snow. The word "Sossus" means "the place of no return".
This place is created by a river that flows through the desert every 5 or 10 years. This river never reaches Atlantic Ocean as it always drains out while passing through Sossusvlei. The best route to reach Sossusvlei is from Mariental. All-wheel-drive or local vehicles are the best way to reach your destination. Many nearby spots could attract you as a visitors - Sesriem Canyon, The Namib Desert, and Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei.
Sesriem is a small canyon that is situated to the south of the gas station. This place is the excellent viewpoint to gaze at the setting sun. It's easy to climb the canyon and walk along the dry riverbed. Sesriem means "six (leather) thongs" - that is a place where those should be connected to reach the water at the end of the well.
The Namib Desert surronds Sossuvlei. There are many dunes in the desert including few petrified dunes. Namib is one of the oldest deserts and its length is about 1500km that expands from the Orange River in the south to the Angola in the north.
Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei are two valleys that are situated side-by-side in the Namib Desert. Sossusvlei has few living trees and even occasionally gets rain or snow. Dead Vlei consists of only dead stumps as it is completely cut off from the water source.