Other activities: Hot air ballooning and stargazing
Another popular activity in Sossusvlei is ballooning, an extra available from pretty much every camp in the area. An early start gets you to the take-off spot in time to be in the air for sunrise, when you sail over the edge of the red dunes. The views are exceptional, and you get a full hour in the air followed by a champagne breakfast.
Finally, a real highlight for me was stargazing! Africa is known for having some of the best night skies, but nothing compares to what I saw in Namibia. Also, many of the guides are trained in astrology and they can show you the various stars, planets, and constellations. I really did learn a lot, and a 10 minute lesson quickly turned into an hour of learning the night sky with the aid of my guide and her laser pointer.
It really was a full-on three days in such a stunning area, and I could have quite easily spent another day relaxing in one of the camps appreciating the views. Sossusvlei is a destination for everyone, whether you want to take it slow and admire the scenery or try out a few of the activities mentioned above. It’s a unique destination in Africa, offering something very different from big game viewing – a must to any trip to Namibia!
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