3 day Sossusvlei Experience

Namibia

Visit the world's highest sand dunes in the world's oldest desert. This tour gives you an introduction to one of Namibia’s most iconic landscapes, the red dunes of Sossusvlei.

This 3 day camping safari is a wonderful way to see one of Namibia's most spectacular sights; the towering sand dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, reputed to be some of the tallest in the world. The Namib-Naukluft park is the largest conservation area in Africa and in addition to the large red dunes, the area is also home to the Sesriem Canyon.

To extend this safari and see more of Namibia, combine it with the 3 day Etosha Safari, or the longer 7 day Northern Namibia Adventure

Quick Facts

Who can join: Anyone aged 18 years and over
Duration: 3 days (2 nights)
Accommodation: Camping or Accommodated (mid-range lodges - supplement)
Pick up from: Tours depart from Windhoek
Meals: 3 meals a day included unless otherwise stated
Group size: No minimum group size, up to 14 people
Start dates: weekly Tuesday departures
How much: Prices start from US $550 per person sharing

Itinerary

Day 1

Windhoek – Sesriem area (350 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected at your Windhoek accommodation between 08:00 and 08:30.

Travel out over the Eros Mountains and along scenic roads on your way south-west to the desert.  You will also pass over part of the Naukluft Mountains, which are of particular interest for the ancient geological history of this part of the country. Heading down from Namibia’s central plateau by way of the beautiful Remhoogte Pass, you reach open plains and the tiny settlement of Solitaire.

Cross open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain gives way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.  You will arrive at camp during late afternoon, in time to watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.

Day 2

Sesriem area– Sossusvlei – Sesriem area (camping) (BLD)

A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as you want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, head into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei on foot - trekking the last 5 km through the dunes.  Landscape photo opportunities abound in the cool of the morning, with dawn’s soft light first illuminating the dunes from crest down the back slope, then blazing orange everywhere, creating a powerful contrasting vista across the whole desert.  

Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or ostrich makes it essential to remember your camera!

Spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting the immense Dune 45. As the day wears on you will return to Sesriem for lunch, escaping the heat of the afternoon.  As the day cools off in the late afternoon, take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

Day 3

Sesriem area – Windhoek (450 km) (BL)

After breakfast you will begin your journey back to Windhoek following a different route, ascending the massive Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range on your way back to civilization.

You are due back into Windhoek late afternoon / early evening, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Safari Tour Overview – Camping

1     Windhoek to Sesriem Sesriem Campsite L, D
2     Sesriem area Sesriem Campsite B, L, D
3     Sesriem  to Windhoek  B, L

Safari Tour Overview – Accommodated

1     Windhoek to Sesriem area Sossus Dune Lodge L, D
2     Sesriem area Sossus Dune Lodge B, L, D
3     Sesriem area to Windhoek  B, L

B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

On the accommodated option lunches are taken with the group whilst dinner is at the lodge

Pricing and Dates

Departure Dates 2018:

Depart from Windhoek every Tuesday morning throughout the year (except over Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

2018 Pricing:

3 days camping (no single supplement available):

  • Up to 31st March 2018: N$6,500 (approximately US$550)
  • 1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019: N$7,150 (approximately US$600

This tour is "Limited Participation Camping" where you may only be required to assist with putting up your tent. You will not be expected to help with cooking or other camp duties. Once the tent is up, sit back and relax!

3 days accommodated:

  • Up to 30th June 2018: N$14,125 (approximately US$1,200)
  • 1st July 2018 - 31st October 2018: N$15,500 (approximately US$1300)

‚ÄčSingle supplement: $225

Prices include:

  • Meals as indicated plus tea and coffee in camp
  • Accommodation (either camping or accommodated) including all camping equipment
  • All transfers and fuel
  • Professional guide and camp assistant
  • All transport
  • Park entrance fees and camping /
  • Pick up and drop off from accommodation in Windhoek

What's excluded:

  • Transfers or flights to Windhoek
  • Visa fees
  • Personal medical and travel insurance, which must cover the entire duration of your tour and should include cover for repatriation, air evacuation and any activities you may undertake or plan to undertake
  • Any pre or post tour accommodation in Windhoek
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired if required) and pillow
  • Souvenirs, snacks and fizzy / alcoholic drinks (bottled mineral water is not provided, but safe, clean drinking water is included)
  • Optional excursions, meals or activities
  • Telephone calls and wifi

Destination

Namibia is one of the most visually diverse countries in Africa; from never-ending red sand dunes to deep mysterious canyons, spectacular sunsets and dry desert landscapes, the country has something to intrigue and excite every visitor. View immense herds of elephant and buffalo in Etosha National Park, sand-board down the dunes in Swakopmund or visit ancient rock paintings - there’s plenty to entertain you!

For more information about Namibia (history, currency etc), please click here.

Sossusvlei Dunes are home to the highest sand dunes in the world and Namibia’s most outstanding scenic attraction. Part of the Namib Desert, these dunes have developed over millions of years, the wind continuously shifting the sand further and further inland, reshaping patterns in distinctive warm tints. Climbing to the top of one of these dunes provides breathtaking views of the whole area, including Deadvlei, a large ghostly expanse of dried white clay punctuated by skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees, carbon dated between 500-600 years old.

Etosha National Park is Namibia’s first conservation area, designated in 1907. Undoubtedly one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth and one of Africa’s best game reserves, Etosha is home to huge herds of elephant, black-maned lions, cheetah and the world’s largest population of the rare black rhino.  Etosha owes its unique landscape to the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression of approximately 1,930 square miles which forms the heart of the park. This white, chalky expanse colours the park, and with the waterholes, creates the characteristic atmosphere of the Etosha of today.

For the greater part of the year (the dry season) Etosha’s animals and birds are dependent on about 30 springs and waterholes. These provide incredible game viewing and photographic opportunities. For tours including Etosha, please click here.

To the west of Khorixas in North-West Namibia is Twyfelfontein, a massive open-air art gallery with paintings carved into red rock by ancient Bushmen overlooking an expansive valley below. The engravings, some estimated to be 6,000 years old, record the wildlife seen in area - giraffe, rhino, elephants, ostrich and even a lion. The area has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008.

The Fish River Canyon is Africa’s deepest gorge and second largest in the world - with a 500m vertical drop. The canyon is a spectacular natural phenomenon; a harsh dusty plain dotted with distinctive Quiver trees. For tours including Fish River Canyon, please click here.

Swakopmund is Namibia’s playground - a holiday haven away from the dusty heat of the interior. While there is plenty to do within the city, the real action takes place in the desert surrounding the town. Quad-biking, sand-boarding, sand-skiing, parasailing and other adrenaline actives are available from any of the adventure operators in the area. Visit Walvis Bay and join a dolphin cruise or explore the lagoon on a kayak. For tours including Swakopmund please click here.

What will the weather be like?

During the Namibian summer (November - January) temperatures average 30°c and often go to over 40°c. You should bring light cotton clothing, a wide-brimmed hat or cap, polarised sunglasses, a 2 litre water bottle, plenty of high factor sunscreen (and after-sun!), strong mosquito spray and closed shoes. A light waterproof jacket is also essential for sudden downpours! Average lows are around 17-20°c. Summer is an amazing time of year where you can watch thunderstorms approach from miles away and witness incredible electric storms and light shows!

During winter (April - August) daytime temperatures average 25-27°c with no rainfall at all. Temperatures during the night and in the mornings and evenings regularly go below 0°c and we advise you to bring lots of layers including fleeces and a warm hat for nighttime camping, with a wide-brimmed hat or cap and loose light clothing for daytime.

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