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Hiking to the top of the Sossusvlei Dunes in the Namib-Naukluft Desert as the morning sun begins to illuminate the horizon is spectacular. The dunes span for as far as the eye can see, their red sands fading into the horizon in every direction. They are also some of the tallest sand dunes in the world. We measured (with our GPS) a height of 782 feet from the summit of Sossusvlei to the Dead Vlei saltpan below.