In the vicinity of the park entrance to Sossusvlei the Tsauchab River has dug a cleft – about two kilometres long and up to 30 metres deep – into the deposits of sand and pebbles which are roughly 15 million years old. The name ‘ses rieme’ means that in earlier years ‘six thongs’ from an ox-wagon team had to be knotted together to lower a pail into the water of the gorge.
There is water only after sufficient rains in the Tsauchab’s catchment area. Then, however, you can even take a bath in the muddy pools. One of the best views of the Canyon is from above in a hot air balloon.