Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 35-70mm L lens. Dead Vlei, Namibia, Africa in the heart of the Namib Desert, surrounded by giant sand dunes. 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) that are still there are around 900 years old.