Includes: Namib desert- Namibia
The Sossusvlei Safari is 3 day camping safari, and 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. To extend this safari it can be combined with (amongst others) the three day Etosha Safari, or the longer seven day Northern Namibia safari. This safari departs from and returns to Windhoek.
- The Sossusvlei Safari is run as a camping tour however, for a supplement an upgrade can be made to turn this into an accommodated safari. Enquire upon booking as this is subject to availability.
- Itinerary is assisted comfortable camping, with participation limited to only helping with the tents.
- Day 1: Windhoek - Sossusvlei
Guests will be collected from their accommodation in Windhoek at around 08h15, and heading first south-westerly crossing the Namib Central Plateau, then dropping down the Great Escarpment via the Remhoogte Pass.
Open plains emerge from the descent out of the mountains, and from here on in it's only a short distance to the next stop, the tiny settlement of Solitaire (famous for it's apple pie!) A short refreshment stop follows, before continuing on through the impressive desert scenery, open grass savanna and farmlands. It's not long before the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib, come into view. Arrival at the camp is scheduled for the afternoon, perfect timing to marvel as the colours glow and change on the distant mountains to the east. An early night is recommended.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Sesriem Campsite or Agama Camp
- Day 2: Sossusvlei
- A pre-dawn departure is essential to catch the sunrise on the desert, it's straight into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5km through the dunes (4x4 shuttles are available for those who prefer not to walk). As you travel down the valley to Sossusvlei, the huge star dunes on either side dwarf everything else. Ancient mineral pans and stunted camel thorn trees make for perfect photo opportunities. But look closely at the sand! Tiny tracks at the base of the dunes might lead to 1 of 200 species of beetles living in the Namib. Larger tracks might belong to black-backed jackal or gemsbok, or might be the two-toed track left behind by an ostrich!
The morning is spent in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting Dune 45. Many people think the name originates because it is about 45km from Sesriem, (which it is) but it's because of the numbering system devised by conservation staff, and by coincidence it happens to be dune number 45 on the map. There is a lunch stop at Sesriem to escape from the heat of the afternoon, and once the day cools off in the late afternoon, there is a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Sesriem Campsite or Agama Camp
- Day 3: Windhoek
- A more leisurely start to the day. Guests may wish to take a pleasure flight over the dunes, which your guide can help organize. After breakfast the tour leaves the area and heads back north, once again through the wonderful Highlands. The route is slightly different from the outward journey, but just as scenic and spectacular. After an en-route lunch stop, arrival in Windhoek at approximately 16h00. Driving time for the last day is approximately 5hrs. (350kms)
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
- Mode of transport
- Transport for 2 to 4 passengers in a minibus with a purpose built trailer. For 5 to 14 passengers a specially converted safari truck will be used
- Number Of Participants
- Maximum of fourteen
- All transport
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Tea & coffee in camp
All camping equipment
Park entrance & accommodation fees
Pick-up and drop-off at accommodation in Windhoek
Sleeping Bag (can be hired)
- Itinerary is assisted comfortable camping with participation limited to only helping with the tents
- The tents are canvas dome type, which are easy to assemble. The mattress is approximately 5 cm thick with its mattress cover and each client has a camp chair with backrest.
- Luggage is limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag.
- We suggest a sleeping bag range of '3 – 4 season'. Sleeping bags can be rented by prior arrangement. When selecting your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45°C and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5°C. The rainy season is between December and April.
- All evening meals on camping safaris (unless stipulated) are cooked by your guide on an open fire. Salads and fresh vegetables will be served daily where readily available. Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for, but please notify us when booking.
- Route & Accommodation
- The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it there may be circumstances when it may change - for example weather and/or road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may be altered from those indicated.