Namibia Springbok Passing In Front Of A Red Dune In Sossusvlei Logo Namibia
Back to Listing

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei; an unforgettable and otherworldly landscape, alive with such vivid colours, a raw and simple beauty… The landscape will be forever embedded in your mind’s eye. Imagine majestic burnt orange sand dunes, the tallest in the world, rising in smooth undulating waves around you. Behind the dunes is the sky, always cloudless and the deepest shades of blue. Dotted around, are the skeletons of scorched trees for contrast, and the ground under your feet kicks up a chalky dust. If you’re lucky, an oryx with its distinctive horns will wander into view. This is Namibia's iconic Sossuslvei and it is simply mind-blowing.

It is best to climb the dunes before dawn, when the sandy structures around you are silent and grey, with just the whisper of grains of sand shifting in the soft breeze, slowly erasing any sign of footprints. Then as the sun makes a slow appearance, blotting out the stars, watch the dunes run a gradient of colour from grey to yellow before bursting into a blaze of red – it’s practically impossible to take a bad photograph! Absorb this mesmerising sight for as long as possible, then get your adrenaline kick by sliding down the dune! There are a number of dunes that can be climbed, but Big Daddy is the largest. It is especially challenging and unpredictably high, but once at the top you are treated to gorgeous vistas below.

After sliding down, one can explore Deadvlei, a nearby white clay pan. At ground level, you can learn about the small reptiles that call this inhospitable habitat their home, including the Namibia Sand Gecko who can run on scorching sand by spreading his webbed feet. Another fabulous way to view Sossusvlei is by air. Either by light aircraft on a scenic flight from the coast, taking in views as you head over the white younger dunes, before reaching further inland where the older dunes’ iron contents have been oxidised by the sun, creating the beautiful burnt red colour. Or enjoy silently floating over the dunes by hot air balloon whilst watching the sun slowly rising over this awe-inspiring landscape. Star gazing is excellent in this region with many of the luxury lodges offering a ‘star bed’ experience where luxuriously comfortable beds are made up on top of your room to sleep out under the stars.

Namibia Springbok Passing In Front Of A Red Dune In Sossusvlei Namibia Springbok Passing In Front Of A Red Dune In Sossusvlei
Namibia Sossusvlei Dunes Oryx Namibia Sossusvlei Dunes Oryx
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 45 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 45
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 9 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 9
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 50 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 50
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 1 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 1
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 7 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 7
Namibia Namib Sky Balloon And Shadow In Dunes Namibia Namib Sky Balloon And Shadow In Dunes
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 3 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 3
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 1 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 1
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 38 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 38
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 37 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 37
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 29 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 29
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 27 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 27
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 23 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 23
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 21 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 21
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 18 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 18
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 12 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 12
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 14 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 14
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 13 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 13
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 8 Wolwedans Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 8
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 4 Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 4
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 3 Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 3
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 49 Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 49
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 43 Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 43
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 40 Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 40
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 29 Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 29
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 26 Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 26
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 23 Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 23
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 21 Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia 21
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 11 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 11
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 10 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 10
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 8 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 8
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 5 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 5
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 6 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 6
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 2 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 2
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 53 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 53
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 52 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 52
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 51 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 51
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 49 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 49
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 46 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 46
Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 37 Little Kulala Sossusvlei Namibia 37
Namibia Namib Sky Breakfast 2 Namibia Namib Sky Breakfast 2
Namibia Namib Sky Balloon In Dunes 3 Namibia Namib Sky Balloon In Dunes 3
Namibia Namib Sky Balloon From Above Namibia Namib Sky Balloon From Above

Key

-24.718151,15.342863,5
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
St. Augustine

I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India

From our Instagram

#Milaidhoo is magic at all hours - be it in broad daylight, at sunset or under a starry sky - as our General Manager @emilyjanegillman witnessed last week!🏝
.
The ultimate beach destination, the #Maldives can easily top or tail a tailor-made Ampersand tour & makes for a perfect honeymoon 🇲🇻
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Monks in #Myanmar (#Burma) 🇲🇲
.
Buddhism runs strong through the country’s veins - not only are 90% of the Burmese Buddhist, but many children are monks in training and call ancient monasteries home 🧘🏽‍♂️
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Happy #Holi to all of you! 🇮🇳✨
.
‘Traditionally to welcome the coming of spring, this joyful festival is filled with colour, music, dancing and great energy’ @the_ampersander
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Cascading rice terraces greet you in #Ubud 🍃🍃🍃
.
Balinese women make daily offerings of vibrant flowers and fruit to the gods 🍊🍐🍌🍎🌺💐
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
‘Led by Buddhist monks, a butter lamp ceremony offers a guiding light to finding peace and harmony’ @sixsensesbhutan 🕯🕯🕯
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
From mid May to mid October, The Ultimate Travelling Camp’s wonderful #ChambaCamp in #Thiksey (#Ladakh) will be open! 🏞
.
Our specialists stayed at this one-of-a-kind luxury tented camp last year and adored it - we guarantee that you will too 🏕
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Don’t miss out on #Teardrop’s new boutique hotels while touring #SriLanka 🇱🇰
.
Each sleek property brings a fresh twist to the traditional hill country - from #NineSkies in #Ella to #CamelliaHills in #Dickoya, plus #Goatfell in #NuwaraEliya 🍃
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
We’re dreaming of #Bali’s reflective sunsets today 🌅
.
Enjoy particularly striking views from @thelegianbali in #Seminyak
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
The mysterious allure of #Namibia never fails to draw us in 🇳🇦
.
Misty layers, endless plains and silhouetted trees stretch as far as the eye can see
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience

Let us keep you up to date

Sign up to our newsletter and never miss out on unmissable exclusive luxury experiences