Located in the southern corner of Africa, Namibia is known for its National parks and sand dunes covering vast land masses. The living conditions in Namibia are highly unfavourable making it one the most sparsely populated countries in Africa. Most of the area in Namibia is covered with deserts and sand. It is only fitting that the world’s most beautiful site consisting of dead plants should be located in this unconventionally beautiful country.
What is the Deadvlei
Situated in the Namib desert, in an area known as Sossusvlei, the Deadvlei is the deadliest scenery you can witness, literally. Near the dunes of the desert, you can spot trees that are quite frankly dead. The temperatures in the desert reach such high levels that it became way too dry for the trees to even decompose. Now, the Deadvlei, literally meaning the dead marsh, has 1000-year-old dried up trees that have turned completely black. These trees form a barren forest that is truly stunning to witness. Thousands of tourists visit the Deadvlei, to visit the sun setting over the red sands of the marsh.
When to visit the Deadvlei
The best time to visit Sossusvlei is ironically during the fall. The desert gets way too hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winters making autumn the only reasonable option. Moreover, the autumn skies are clearer, leading to ideal photography conditions. Make sure you visit Deadvlei towards the end of the day in order to catch a glimpse of the bewitching sunset over the massive sand dunes. This time is also perfect to feel the cool breeze travelling through the desert.
While the Deadvlei may not seem like the ideal destination to many, the stunning imagery and the astounding skeletons of the dead trees are bound to change your mind. Just an hour ride from the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the dead marsh is truly a must visit. Make sure to carry all essentials and to leave on time to make the most out of this unique experience. Get your cameras and sit in your car while watching the red sun set behind this masterpiece.