Deadvlei is a photographers' paradise as the contrast between the pitch-black trees, the bleached white pans, the rust-red dunes, and deep blue sky creates incredible images.
Near Sossusvlei is the Deadvlei, a clay pan characterized by dark, dead camelthorn trees that stand out from the white pan floor. The pan was formed when the river Tsauchab was flooded and the abundance of water allowed camelthorn trees to grow. The climate changed, however, and the sand dunes invaded the pan, preventing the river from reaching the area. The trees are estimated to be 900 years old but have not decomposed due to the dry climate.