Enjoy your morning and afternoon desert activities. This area boasts some of the world’s largest free-standing dunes, which you can explore both on foot and from a vehicle. You can also spend half a day exploring the Namib Naukluft National Park, home to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.
Sossusvlei and Deadvlei are clay pans set amid monstrous piles of sand known as star dunes that reach the height of a 70 story skyscraper and rank among the tallest dunes on earth. A deathly white against red sands, the pan is the endpoint of a usually dry river, Tsauchab, in the interior of the Great Sand Sea. The river course rises south of the Naukluft Mountains in the Great escarpment. It penetrates the sand sea for some 55km before it finally peters out about the same distance from the Atlantic. Until dunes stopped it in its tracks 60,000 years ago, the Tsauchab reached the sea, as ephemeral rivers still do in the northern half of the Namib. Sand-locked pans to the west were endpoints before Sossusvlei. The dunes in the vicinity of Sossusvlei get to be as high as 220m.
At the entry to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down 30-40 m, are pools that become replenished after good rains. Sesriem derives its name from the time when early pioneers tied six lengths of rawhide thongs together to draw water from the pools.
Enjoy your afternoon at leisure, or partake in any of the activities offered at the lodge.
Kwessi Dunes Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner