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July 11th 2008
Published: July 11th 2008
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Sossusvei DunesSossusvei DunesSossusvei Dunes

Dunes on the way to the vlei
During April 2002 a group of us travelled by motorbike, car and with 2 Gyros from South Africa via Windhoek and Swakopmund to Sossusvlei Namibia. See also my posts on "Desert Run"
I had the opportunity to fly with Eugene in his Gyro from Sesriem over Sossusvlei.
"Vlei" is an Afrikaans word that means Marsh, but Sossusvlei is not a marsh, but rather a series of dead-end lakes for the infrequent floods of the Tsauchab River. The water dries up quickly under the Namib sun leaving the parched clay bed. As the dunes shift, they may cut off some of the old lakes such as Dooie Vlei (Dead Vlei) where the remains of ancient trees can still be seen.
There are a number of accommodation options in the area with Sesriem Camp operated by Namibia Wildlife Resorts the closest but most costly. For the budget conscious traveler there are other lodges and if you enjoy camping like me I recommend the Agama River Camp. See also my post on "Namibia 2008"

Additional photos below
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Early Morning DunesEarly Morning Dunes
Early Morning Dunes

Early mornings the shadows look almost black
Ancient Vlei'sAncient Vlei's
Ancient Vlei's

These vlei floors are now located on the side of dunes. How old are they?
Aerial view of Sesriem CampAerial view of Sesriem Camp
Aerial view of Sesriem Camp

The camp as Sesriem where we stayed over.
Birds' Eye viewBirds' Eye view
Birds' Eye view

Sesriem Camp in the distance
Ancient Vlei FloorsAncient Vlei Floors
Ancient Vlei Floors

Eroding Vlei Floors
Water in the DesertWater in the Desert
Water in the Desert

It is a rare sight to find water in the vlei

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