Khomas name refers to the Khomas Highland, a high plateau landscape that dominates the region. The area is characterized by its hilly countryside and many valleys.
It is located in the central highlands of the country and is bordered by the Erongo region to the west and the northwest and by the Otjozondjupa region to the north. To the east is the Omaheke region, while in the south is the Hardap region.
Windhoek is Namibia’s tourism capital. It rests on a gravely inland plateau with dotted areas of acacia and scrub grass surrounded by two desserts, the Namib Desert to the west and the Kalahari to the east. Just outside of the city are many wildlife reserves, perfect for relaxing and viewing game.
The Khomas Hochland represents the highest point of the plateau, its peaks no more spectacular than Namibia’s fourth highest mountain, the Gamsberg, a table-topped mountain rising some 500 meters above the surrounding landscape.
For a change of pace, the Cross Barmen Hot Springs highlight the areas many wellness opportunities, where one can relax in baths of steaming spring water.
Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
While the pan has been shaped over time by the Tsauchab river, the actual flooding of the pan is a relatively rare event, and sometimes several years pass between one flood and the next one. The river is dry most of the year, and even when it is not, it carries relatively little water to the vlei. The vlei is surrounded by high orange-reddish dunes, partially covered by a vegetation comprising grass, bushes, and some trees.
Fauna in the Sossusvlei area is relatively rich. During the flood season, several migrant bird species appear along the marshes and rivers. Much of the Sossusvlei and Namib fauna is endemic and highly adapted to the specific features of the Namib.
Since Sossusvlei is possibly the foremost attraction of Namibia, much has been done by the Namibian authorities to support and facilitate tourism in the area. The concrete road has been built in early 2000s to connect Sesriem and Sossusvlei’s 2×4 parking is one of the very few non-urban concrete roads in Namibia.
Several accommodation options are found along the border of the National Park, between Sesriem and the nearest settlement, Solitaire.
All tour operators and travel agencies in Namibia, including those of Windhoek, offer trips to Sossusvlei.
Some also organize scenic flights over the dunes, either with small planes (mainly from Swakopmund and Walvis Bay) or in hot air balloons (departing from Sesriem in the morning).