Sossusvlei Explorer

NAMIBIA

Windhoek

3 Days

Tuesdays

Up to 12 people

Age 18+

From $480

Windhoek

3 Days

Tuesday

Tuesday

Up to 12 people

Max 12

Age 18+

From $480

Tour summary

Visit the world’s highest sand dunes, in the world’s oldest desert. This tour introduces you to one of Namibia’s most iconic landmarks – the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei. The dunes are reported to be some of the tallest in the world, and the Namib-Naukluft National Park is also home to the Sesriem Canyon.

The 3 day Sossusvlei Explorer is run as a camping tour, but for a supplement an upgrade can be made to turn this tour into an accommodated option. 

What you’ll encounter

Departing from Windhoek you will travel over the magnificent Eros Mountains and along scenic roads, on your way south-west to the desert. You will also pass over the Naukluft Mountains, also of immense geological interest. At Solitaire, the landscape changes, to open plains, grassy savannah and farmlands. As you approach the Namib desert, the scenery gives way to immense red sand dunes – particularly magnificent in the late afternoon.

Itinerary

Windhoek – Sesriem (350 km)

You will be collected between 08:30 and 09:00 from your accommodation in Windhoek.

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.

Sesriem – Sossusvlei

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.

Sesriem – Windhoek (450 km)

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.

After lunch you will transfer back to Windhoek, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation in the late afternoon / early evening.

Rates, Dates and Tour Information​

B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

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

B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

1   Windhoek – Sesriem, Namib Desert Lodge L, D
2   Sesriem area, Namib Desert Lodge B*, D
3   Sesriem – Windhoek  B, L

B* – you will depart early in the morning on Day 2, to ensure you experience the dunes before the day heats up. You will take a brunch on this day. Dinner will be taken at the lodge when staying at Namib Desert Lodge. 

Camping tours depart every Tuesday through the year. There are daily departures from Windoek for accommodated tours.

Both tours can be easily combined with the 3 Day Etosha Adventure Tour, giving you a great overview of the best Namibia has to offer!

Camping

1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021: $499

No single supplements available.

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!

Accommodated

1st November 2019 – 30th June 2020: $725
Single supplement – $55

1st July – 31st October 2020: $750
Single supplement – $60

Inclusions

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

Exclusions

  • 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;
  • (Camping only) 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, extra meals or activities

Tour Gallery

FAQ

What electrical adaptors do I need for Namibia?

Electrical plugs are 220 V and are 3 pin (round-pin as opposed to square pin, the same as in South Africa).  Adaptors can be purchased in Windhoek and your tour operator also sells these at their offices.  It is possible to re-charge batteries at most campsites.

What is limited participation camping?

Limited participation camping is assisted camping with the participation limited to only helping with the tent.  No help needed with any food preparation or other camp duties. You can just sit back, relax and let your guide and assistant take care of you.

Is there anywhere to do laundry?

If you’re on one of the scheduled camping trips there will be laundry facilities (with washing machines) in the bigger towns such as Swakopmund and Windhoek.

What food will I eat?

Namibia is a low-risk malarial destination but we recommend that you seek professional medical advice to enable you to make decisions on personal malaria protection.

What will my tent be like?

Tents are dome-shaped with built-in ground-sheets and screened windows and doors. They allow standing headroom and are simple to put up, though your guide will help with this. The mattresses you’ll find inside are approximately 5cm thick and covers are supplied, along with all other camping equipment, including chairs with backrests, tables, washstands, cutlery and crockery.

If you wish to sleep in a sleeping bag (which you will do during winter months!), you can hire them or bring your own.

What vehicle will I travel in on safari?

Most of the safaris will use a Toyota Dyna 14 seater vehicles with pop-tops. The vehicles have modified seating for more leg room and there are large windows for game viewing, while the pop-tops are great for photographing game.

Smaller groups may travel in either a minibus, double cab or Land Cruiser.

What animals will I see?

Etosha National Park is home to 4 of the Big 5 which include the Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Elephant. Buffalo is the only one of the Big 5 that is not present in the Etosha National Park, but can be seen in the Caprivi and Okavango areas of Namibia. Etosha is further home to 144 Mammal species and these include Zebra, Springbok, Oryx, Kudu, Eland, Impalas, White and Black Rhino, Giraffes, Damara Dik Dik, Steenbok, Brown Hyenas, Cheetah, Leopard and Jackals to name just a few. Birdlife in Etosha is also very prolific with a wide variety of endemic and migratory birds.
The rest of Namibia you are likely to spot some Oryx, Ostriches, Kudus, some baboons as well as warthogs. And in the Caprivi and Okavango Regions you will be able to spot some crocodiles and hippos as well.
Along the coast of Namibia spot some heavy-side dolphins and the cape fur seals as well as a rich marine birdlife.

Do I need malaria tablets?

Namibia is a low-risk malarial destination but we recommend that you seek professional medical advice to enable you to make decisions on personal malaria protection.

Do I need malaria tablets?

The climate is typically semi-desert with hot days and cool nights. Midsummer temperatures may rise to over 40 degrees Celsius. Winter days are warm, but dawn temperatures may drop to freezing. Along the coast it is cool with low rainfall and fog prevails from late afternoon until mid-morning.
The rainy season lasts from October to April. The rest of the year is dry and cloudless. Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine a year.

What is the currency in Namibia?

The currency used in Namibia is The Namibian Dollar (NAD or N$). It is linked permanently (with a ratio of 1:1) to the South African Rand (ZAR), and South African Rand notes and coins are also legal tender in Namibia. Its not always easy to obtain N$ before you arrive, but you should be able to get South African Rand easily.

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