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Eerie Skeletons and Towering Red Dunes of Deadvlei in Sossusvlei, Namibia

Deadvlei (Dead Marsh) is a white clay pan in the Sossusvlei area of the Namib desert, Namibia. Surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world, Deadvlei was formed when the river Tsauchab flooded it’s banks and formed shallow pools. Camel thorn trees once grew in abundance here, but decades of drought and the advancement of the nearby dunes ultimately blocked the water source, and the trees in the vlei were unable to survive. The trees are believed to be up to 900 years old and have been dead since the 14th century. Scorched black by the intense sun and able to stave off decomposition due to the arid climate and lack of insects, these bizarre skeletons along with the white clay pan and surrounding red dunes together make for one of the most unique and beautiful landscapes on earth. Click on any image to view Hi-Res version.

Epic view from the top of Big Daddy dune of the Deadvlei pan and surrounding landscape.

Entering the Deadvlei pan


Skeletal remains of long since dead camel thorn trees



Skeletal remains of long dead dead camel thorn trees


Some life stubbornly persists in the pan


Scorched black by the intense sun



Too dry to decompose


Barren forest amongst towering red dunes.

8 responses

  1. Beautiful images.

    November 26, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    • Thank you so much! Epic scenery

      November 26, 2017 at 2:31 pm

  2. Spectacular, thanks

    November 26, 2017 at 3:55 pm

  3. Must have passed you by as I was there last week, though I went to Hidden Vlei myself. Nice photos.

    November 26, 2017 at 5:04 pm

  4. Mark Klisch

    Greg – fantastic photos and narrative! Thank you!!


    November 26, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    • Thanks Mark, glad you enjoyed them.

      November 29, 2017 at 8:26 am

  5. Amazing landscape!

    December 18, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    • It really is..bucket list it!

      January 9, 2018 at 9:48 pm

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