Photoblog: Watching Sunrise Atop Sand Dunes in Sossusvlei, Namibia

Posted on December 13, 2011 by

I’ve seen sunrise in many parts of the world, but catching sunrise from the top of sand dunes is quite something.

Shades of orange and red danced across the vast desert as the wind blew the sand around us into a whirlpool. We watched a dramatic display of lights and colors as the orange yolk rose quickly above the sand dunes. Within seconds, the sun had poked above the mounds of sand and risen above our heads. The desert was now blanketed in a smoldering shade of gold and darkness had been completely replaced by bright sunlight.

We were catching sunrise atop Dune 45, Namib Desert’s most famous sand dune. Here in the Sossusvlei National Park, flaming red sand dunes abound, with hundreds of them scattered throughout the oldest desert in the world. Beneath the surface lies rich minerals, specifically iron oxide, which give the dunes their unique color. Here’s a quick look at the photos of the sunrise, stay tuned for the full story!








Disclaimer: This experience was made possible by G Adventures (as part of the Dune, Deltas and Falls tour), but all opinions expressed above are my own. Read more about my Southern Africa adventures here or follow my updates on twitter and facebook.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

10 Responses to “Photoblog: Watching Sunrise Atop Sand Dunes in Sossusvlei, Namibia”

  1. Erin December 14, 2011 11:13 pm #

    What an amazing place.

  2. Nancy & Shawn Power December 15, 2011 1:46 am #

    Incredible. Looking forward to your story!

  3. Jeremy Branham December 21, 2011 3:11 pm #

    I never thought a sunset in the desert could be so beautiful!

  4. Nomadic Samuel December 27, 2011 2:58 pm #

    This looks like a phenomenal place to visit.

  5. techincal writer August 6, 2012 4:24 pm #

    Can you imagine i have always been afraid of the desert. didnt know there are even cool views like those. I didnt actually know that there a tourist attractions in there. but now , i think it wouldn't seem so wired when some one paid i a visit


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