When visiting the Sossusvlei area, a combined visit of the Namib dunes and the close-by Sesriem Canyon is recommended. Sesriem is the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft-Park. The canyon itself is situated around 4 km south of the entrance gate.
The Sesriem Canyon was and is still shaped by the Tsauchab River, which - after good rains (+- every ten years) - flows from the inland thorgh the canyon into Sossusvlei. With the park entrance permit visitors can park on top of the canyon and and take a walk through the canyon.