DeadVlei or Dead Vlei (dead marsh) is an otherworldly landscape which is a sun-blackened dead forest in a dried oasis surrounded by rust-orange giant sand dunes.
The claypan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. However, the climate changed and the sand dunes encroached on the pan, blocking the river from reaching the area. The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old, however they have not decomposed due to the dry climate.
It is a very surreal place which is why it was used as a psychic dream location in the J Lo film The Cell.
Deadvlei is a heaven for photographers as the contrast between colors of the nature and the sky make incredible images. Deadvlei is far from the parking lot, so be sure to stay hydrated.
Submitted by Mike. Thank you.
Coordinates:24° 45′ 35″ S, 15° 17′ 31″ E
Images by Michael Baynes, Maria Velonà, Perry McKenna, roba66, Kris, Fabio Bianchi, Conor MacNeill, Klaus Brandstaetter, sfrancis23, Darren, Klaus Brandstaetter, Monique van der Hoeven, Panorama Paul, Hannes Steyn.