The access road from Sessriem to the Sossusvlei (Sossus means "blind river" in the Nama language, Vlei in Africaans stands for sink) is paved, but it ends about 5 km before the actual destination in a large parking lot . If you are not only traveling with an off-road vehicle, but can also drive in the sand with it, you can do the remaining kilometers by motor. For everyone else there is a shuttle service as an alternative, which should also be used if you are not sure about your driving skills in the sand.
There are more animals in the large areas of the Namib than one would expect from the wide sandy desert. Swakopmund therefore also offers tours to the "Little Five", which include the Palmato Gecko, a spider "the white lady", a chameleon, the Sidewind Snake and a lizard species, which we have also observed on the dune 45 .
The dune 45 is something special because it belongs e.g. to the few dunes in the Namib that can be climbed. There is a good reason why the ascents are regulated, because footprints on the magnificent dune ridges take a long time to be leveled by wind and weather. A terrible thought, imagine the attached photos littered with traces ...
The Namib Desert shows many superlatives. It is e.g. the oldest desert in the world. Depending on the point of view, the hour of its birth can be located 120 million years ago, with the formation of today's huge dunes dating back 2 million years ago.
The desert covers a huge area on the west coast of Africa of around 2,000 km in length and around 160 km in width, which extends from the famous Skeleton Coast in the north to the Walvis Bay in the middle and finally to the diamond mining area in the south of Namibia.