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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