I am spending one incredible year working with students in Africa, where I’ve had the opportunity to take some time off and explore its beautiful regions. Recently my friends and I decided to visit Namibia on holiday – It’s the least densely populated country in all of Africa and contains hundreds of miles of spectacular, untouched scenery. After we flew into the small capital city of Windhoek, we decided to check out the Sossusvlei Desert, which is home to some of the tallest sand dunes in the world. It was a long hike beginning down a gravel road that led into the desert, but the photos we captured are breathtaking and the experience was one of my favorites so far on this diverse continent. Check out the surprising photos below to learn why Namibia’s Sossusvlei Desert is surreal.
The desolate road to the desert goes on for miles and miles. After a long day of driving we decided to set up camp for the night at the campgrounds of Betesda Lodge, which is less than an hour’s drive from the desert.
After an amazing day of hiking on the dunes, we retired to our campsite for the evening. We returned to Dead Vlei early the next morning to catch the most spectacular scene of our journey. Seen above, the sun is rising to greet the east facing dunes while the trees remain in the shadow of the dunes facing west.
This year in Africa has been more beautiful than I ever imagined. If you ever have the opportunity to do some exploring, I would definitely recommend a trip to the Sossusvlei Desert in Namibia. It is a long journey into the dessert, but the views you will encounter will be well worth the wait.