Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 L lens. Dead Vlei, Namibia, Africa. CLICK ON PIC TO VIEW LARGE. Dead Vlei means dead marsh or lake. It is the name of an awe-inspiring white clay pan situated in the salt pan of Sossusvlei, in Namibia. It is estimated the dead trees (skeletons) are around 900 years old.