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Sesriem was an important source of water for the local population and travellers. There is water in the upper reaches of the canyon even in dry times. Early colonial travellers used to lower a bucket down to collect the water. To lower a bucket to the water, the person had to tie six lengths of thong together. The old Dutch name means the place where six thongs are required to get water, “ses” meaning six, and “riem” meaning thong. The earlier place name of the indigenous people is unrecorded.

Sesriem is an important launching place for visits into the Namib-Naukluft desert park such as Sossusvlei.


The geological formations of the canyon. A natural sphinx-like geological formation is notable at the northern end.


  • Nature Walks. Two nature walks traverse the canyon. Hike upstream along the stream to the northern end of the canyon or 2.5km to the downstream end.


Sesriem camp site and bar.


Sesriem camp site and bar.


Sossusvlei Lodge. Sesriem camp site and bar.