Sossusvlei region in Namibia
The Sossusvlei Region is situated in south-western Namibia and is characterised mainly by the Namib Naukluft Park and its highlight Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. The Region is very diverse with the breath-taking Namib Desert – the oldest desert in the world – to the west and the Great escarpment forming a natural barrier between the Namib Desert and the central highlands to the far east.
Climate of the Sossusvlei Region
The Namib Desert is a real desert, that means it receives less than 50 mm of rain annually. The east of the Sossusvlei Region can receive up to 150 mm precipitation per year. The climate is typical for deserts with very hot days during summer (more than 36°C average during the hottest months) and cool nights during winter with occasional frost.
Flora and Fauna of the Sossusvlei Region
Many endemic animal and plant species call the Namib their home. They have adapted perfectly to the heat. Many desert inhabitants make use of the fog which every now and then emerges from the Atlantic Ocean. This is often the only source to humidity and vital for the survival of many.
The oryx antelope which often can be found deep in the desert has developed a unique system to cool down its blood. Thanks to a fine network of blood vessels the brain is cooled and thus the animals can handle a body temperature of more than 40°C for longer periods.
Highlights in the Sossusvlei region
Here we provide an overview of activities, highlights and sights of the Sossusvlei region, one of the trade marks in Namibia. The large Namib Naukluft Park offers exciting destinations, for example the Sossusvlei with the world's highest sand dunes or the dead vlei, a clay pan with hundreds camelthorn tree skelettons. Several unique guided Hiking Trails can be done in the Sossusvlei region. Furthermore the Sesriem Canyon and the Duwisib Castle are worth a visit.
Accommodation in the Sossusvlei region