The Pride of Africa
By Sukie Chapman
10 February 2015
All great rail holidays must feature elements of luxury, refinement and tradition. The Pride of Africa has all of this and more.Read more
Located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, the Sossusvlei is arguably the most famous landmark in Namibia. The name means "the gathering place of water", and this is because it is actually a clay pan that holds rainwater to form a lake. Being in the desert, this is a rare sight. Officially, the name only refers to the clay pan, but it is generally taken to include the mighty sand dunes that enclose it. Some of these spectacular hills of sand reach heights of 984 feet (300 metres), making them the tallest sand dunes in the world.
The dunes vary in colour - ranging from light red to orange to almost pink in colour. Their colours appear to alter throughout the day due to the changing position of the sun. Despite being in the desert, there are actually some rich sections of vegetation amongst the dunes. The greenery adds another colour to the scene, which affords excellent photo opportunities.
Discover the highlights of Namibia and South Africa on this fantastic holiday by rail. Explore Cape Town and Table Mountain, see the Big Five in Etosha National Park, experience the mighty Sossusvlei and enjoy six indulgent nights on the incredible Pride of Africa - the world's most lavish and luxurious hotel train.… see more
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