The camp site at Sesriem receives its name from the nearby canyon of the same name. This is the gateway to the sand dune desert and on to one of Namibia's most popular and famous tourist attractions, the dunes at Sossusvlei. It is set amongst a beautiful surrounding landscape, with mountains to the east and dunes to the west.
Sesriem gets it's name from early pioneers, who wanted to get water from the canyon. They had to tie six leather thongs to the handle of their buckets, in order to draw water from pools that were inaccessible to their livestock. These thongs were called 'leer riems' in Afrikaans, 'ses' being six in the same language. The area soon became known as 'Ses Rieme' or Sesriem.
The main reason for camping at Sesriem is in order to get an early start on your way to visit Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei means 'the gathering place of water' in the local Nama language. Seasonal rains from the Naukluft and Tsaris Mountains that succeeded in reaching the vlei, create temporary lakes that reflected the sand dunes surrounding them. The high, red sand dunes which surround Sossusvlei form part of the sand sea, which stretches from just north of Luderitz to the Kuiseb River. Some of these dunes reach as high as 220m.
Vegetation, such as the camelthorn tree, (many a breakfast or lunch is taken under these trees here) is watered by infrequent floods of the Tsauchab River, which slowly soak into the underlying clay. Sossusvlei is one of 4 clay pans in the area, the others being The Dead Vlei, Hidden Vlei and Nara Vlei.
Camping for the dunes at Sossusvlei is available here at Sesriem. (Camping is not permitted at Sossusvlei). Ordinary sedan cars can travel the 63 km on the tarred road from Sesriem to the beginning of the vlei, but the final 5kms have to be driven in 4WD vehicles. The nearest dunes are only a few hundred metres away from the car park and are easily accessible on foot.
There are 24 campsites at Sesriem, each in the shade of camelthorn trees. Each site has its own fireplace and tap. There are public telephones, a petrol station, the shop attached to the reception area sells beer, soft drinks and basic groceries (although it is worth bringing your own food as the stock of food in the shop is eclectic and even basics are by no means guaranteed). There is also a swimming pool and a small thatched bar serving cold beers and cool drinks. The communal ablution block has showers, toilets and wash basins. As electricity is not always guaranteed here, it is advisable that visitors take a torch/night light when going for an evening shower.
Demand for these camp sites is high and pre-booking is essential, especially in the high season. (June-September) Bookings need to be made far in advance.
Entrance to the park for overnight and day visitors, is between sunrise and sunset only.
As Sesriem Campsite is inside the Namib/Naukluft Park, overnight visitors are allowed access to Sossusvlei 1hr before sunrise.
During the raining season rock pools sometimes form in the canyon and provide excellent swimming opportunities.
During drier months you can walk up the canyon.
This is the reason you are staying here - popular opinion is that the dunes are best seen early in the morning or late afternoon.
A petrified dune near the Sesriem Camp proves a popular spot to watch the sunset (for those not rushing back from a late afternoon visit to Sossusvlei).
Ballooning over Sossusvlei: Drift over the dune fields at Sossusvlei and enjoy a champagne breakfast wherever the wind takes you.
Scenic Flight: Light aircraft regularly depart on scenic flights over Sossusvlei and its surroundings.
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Mid-range accommodation offering some of the best value for money in the area. Horse riding an added activity.
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Inspired by nature and natural shapes, material and colours, your contemporary desert home is one that you may never want to leave.
A budget choice, catering for both larger groups and individual travellers.
A small intimate lodge in an amazing part of the Namib Desert. While the lodge can be used as a base from which to visit the dunes at Sossusvlei, the tranquil and beautiful environment make it a destination in it's own right.
Mid-range lodge located only 22km from the Sesriem gate to the Namib-Naukluft Park.
Up-market lodge with private entrance to the dunes at Sossusvlei.
Moroccan inspired architecture seems strangely out of place in Namibia. The location, spa and general amenities are good.
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Reasonable value for money - on the main route to Sossusvlei.
A new hotel with raised rooms built on wooden platforms 40km from Sesriem.
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Budget choice, fairly far from the dunes and next to the fossil dune cliffs.
Rustic wooden cabins are equipped with a double bed that can be wheeled out for a night under the Namibian skies.
Good solid choice, on a beautiful property some distance from the park entrance.
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The only lodge inside the borders of the national park. Allows for extra early visits to the Sossusvlei dunes.
Most luxurious lodge in the area, air-conditioned rooms and top of the range guiding.
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A stylish, luxurious and ultra-modern lodge, situated on a property with petrified dunes - rooms have private plunge pools.
Situated a mere 45km from Sesriem, the sky melts into endless plains in a vista so vast it will take your breath away.
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These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
Very well equipped campsite, nice having the bar too. Facilities were very clean. No problems st all.
Nice camp, enjoyed our stay. Ablutions was not well maintained, but not so bad that it cannot be used.
Enjoyed Sesriem Camp. Although sufficient showers available, they need attention. Otherwise enjoyable.
Sesriem's washroom facilities could use upgrading to bring them to the same standard as those in Etosha.
Staff was not very friendly, even though we got what we needed. A little bit like public state service office.
Big shaded camping area, lovely view, facilities tired but clean. Excellent location, friendly reception team.
The Sesriem Camp is very useful for tourists going to Sossusvlei. The check-in was handled without any Problems.
very windy and dusty but perfect for a one night stay to make the sunrise drive and climb to the top of the dune
Very pleasant and not crowded. wouldnt want to be there in high season tho as overcrowding is evidently a problem
very crowded, sanitary facilities not very clean due to large groups of tourists - staff very friendly and helpful
Sesriem Camp had vey helpful people assisting us, clean bathrooms and in general we had a very pleseant experience.
The campsites were beautiful. The toilets, showers and swimmingpool were old and need some renovation in the future.
Ideally placed to leave early for sunrise and come back late after sunset.The facilities are in good state and clean!
All the national park camps in namibia were beautifully maintained, with good amenities and felt very safe. excellent
Very well managed camp (even has a sick bay with medical assistance). The place to stay/camp when visiting Sossusvlei.
Camping with basic facilities. Showers and toilets in a very bad state. Camping site itself very nice under a big tree.
Also a very nice campsite with good bathroom conditions, friendly staff and right at the entrance to the Wildlife Resort.
A bit to busy and the ablutions not up to standard. There was no shower curtains and the floor was flooded the whole time.
Shop very poorly stocked with it being a high profile tourist area we would have expected far more. Otherwise a great camp.
We had Camp 4 and we still love the rceptionist lady (Prisca) for giving us that campsite. It's a beauty, we still miss it!
The camp was very nice and the staff very friendly. The kitchen staff even let us use there facilities to prepare two meals.
very nice, very nice People (although from NWR), friendly, not really clean facilities, but ok, good coffe, shop well stocked.
Although we discovered we are not really "campers", found the facilities here to be acceptable -- good showers etc, useful shop.
Good accomodation. The only camp site were you can be the first to enter Sosusvlei and experience sunrise on the top of a dune :)
great campsite, beautiful, wonderful hot showers and clean ablutions. helpful staff, well-stocked though expensive shop, nice bar.
Only worth going to to be in the park an hour before and after sunset. Staff the unfriendliest we met. Overflow pitches inadequate.
Great basic campsite. It was really good to be inside the gates for a head start in the morning and not having to rush out at sunset.
Wonderful place, the camping site had problems. No hot water in the womans bathroom, broken floor in womans bathroom, stuff like that.
Big positive surprise. After all we'd read we were a bit afraid of this camp. It proved to be very well maintained and a beautiful place.
Alot of thorns where you have to pitch your tents, which puncture all our matresses. Would be nice if they can clean/sweep it reguleraly.
Lovely camp. Did have loud neighbours for one night - had to ask them twice to be quiet in the middle of the night (without much effect!).
We found the prices very high for a campground without electricity, but everything was clean and nice and we have enjoy the days we where there
nice place with large and comfortable camping zones, pretty clean swimming pool, nicest sanitaries we have had. shop, bar and restaurant are good.
Good facilities. Good maintenance. Campsite very big. Very good campsite and usefull to have access one hour before and one hour late for the park.
Very basic camp but strategic position to enter the park 1 hour before the external tourists. The only possibility to see the sunrise on the dunes!
First camp site experience in Namibia, it was wonderful except that it was very windy and sandy while we were cooking. But, we are still loving it.
Big camp sites, lovely pool, but ablutions (although cleaned regularly) again over utilised by large groups of overlanders. Very friendly management.
good camp site. allows early departure for sossusvlei. Nice bar. could be enlarged to allow more flexibility in dates for visiting and choose of camp site.
We were extremely happy, most beautiful setting, unfortunately never (not in the morning and not in the afternoon) could get hot water in the men's bathrooms.
It is not very clear how park fees is calculated. We entered the camp at 7pm on the 25 and left early the morning of the 27th but had to pay for two full days.
Allison advised us to camp inside the park - the Lodge was full - and we are glad we did. This is a much bigger (and busier) campsite. Amenities are excellent.
All good - facilities etc were impressive and open to non campers as it is the headquarters for the park. Great to be able to get in an hour before the others.
There wasn't good places for cooking at the campsite, otherwise, it was a good experience. The wind was extreme but we know you have no control over the weather.
A very nice camp area. Maybe add information like gate closing times to be back from the Sossusvlei dunes or gate opening times to go and see the sunrise at the dunes.
Good campsite pitches with shade. a little A little noisy when large overland truck groups arrived Really god location in park allowing early access to dunes at sunrise
Sesriem campsite was wonderful - plenty of shade, space and privacy. It was raining during our stay so we spent a lot of time at the restaurant where the service was `unique`.
Excellent campsite with all facilities you could wish for. Lots of space, electricity, plenty of toilets and showers and a pool. Clean and well kept. Excellent value for money
We had a quiet site which suited us perfectly. Bathrooms needs some upgrading in general, but overall we enjoyed our stay and being in the park gave us early access to Sossusvlei.
Nice camp but, honestly, looking back, this is the one area we would give a miss if we had to do the trip again. Great terrain but we are not sure it was worth all of the driving.
I arrived after dark due to a storm and river flood and was admitted without any problem. It was a huge relief after a long day of driving. Thank you for ensuring I had safe refuge.
Great camp site, we loved our pitch under a camel thorn tree and our close encounter with the local gemsbocks! Ablutions were always clean, staff was really helpful, kind and friendly.
The campsite was ok. Please make sure though to book one of the original campsites, as the new campsites do not provide the same facilities (e.g. a tree with shade, etc.). Rating: 7/10.
We were given a lovely campsite, was good that they allocated a specific site to the bookings as the campsite was full. Also do the recycling system which is great. Ablutions were good.
Camp really nice, information given along with the booking confirmation (map, fact that we had to arrive before sunset, etc...) very useful, clear and precise without being overwhelming.
Spacious camping pitch. Probably less than half full - would have seemed crowded I think if it was full. Able to access road to Sossuvlei half an hr before those staying outside the camp
The camp site was really nice. The ablutions were clean and the park generally was a pleasure to visit. The lady at the gate could have been friendlier, but generally we had a lovely visit.
Big groups were placed just inbetween the campsites, the campsite looked very much overbooked. There was enough space for the groups but about 75 people sharing 3 toilets and 3 showers was too much.
A large we'll run camp site the manager helped us book a local lodge when the car broke down some several kilometres away from the camp site, otherwise we would have been literally out under the stars.
The campsite was comfortable and clean. The ablutions are quite old but we were satisfied with the cleanliness. It would have helped us to know exactly what time the gates closes and not only 'SUNSET'.
This was our induction to life on the road, the drive was a baptism of fire and our first tent erection was helped by others. Wouldn't like to be there when busy. well worht the effort to get there. Loved it!
Very nice spacious and shady campsites. There are many activities that can be arranged in this area but very little information available. There was no signs to advertise or brochures to see what was available.
The campsite that was booked in our name was occupied by someone else- instead of asking them to move we were given a terrible site in the middle of a couple of large groups- very noisy. A least favourite camp site.
Sesirem Camp was fairly well maintained and quite big. My only recommendation is to better direct those of us without 4-wheel drive cars (ours got stuck in the sand, we didn`'t realize how deep the sand was driving in).
Our camp site was private - however we had to clear the thorns from the tree and clean up cigarette butts before setting up our tents. The bathrooms are okay but maintenance poor but whoever designs them has never camped!
Great camp - has everything needed for a comfortable stay. the staff were very rude in the shop but that didn't bother us too much. The wifi was also not given when asked. access to the park is great for the early morning.
Nice camp. Useful being able to travel towards the dunes before the public. Good small swimming pool and nice facilities. We enjoyed having a site with a little space surrounding it (didn't feel too crowded which was nice).
Someone suggested the other campsite was better at Sesrium - not sure if it was true. Restaurant food certainly pretty dire. But still much better than Zim national parks. Amazing location with Oryx wandering about the camp.
Of all the campsites we stayed in in Namibia, this was probably the most basic one. However, if you want to camp close to Sossusvlei and be there early for sunset on the dunes, it is the best option. All facilities were present.
The camp is in a great position inside the park. Each campsite has shade from a tree and a wall surrounding it. The power box was in an awkward place needing a long extension cord (20m). The restaurant and bar provided good meals.
This camp has one disadvantage - there is no possibility to hummer tent's pin into the ground because the ground is concrete! This means you must use heavy Stones and still tent isn't pitched well. Beside this great place to stay.
Little disappointed with the camping here. Had a spot with no shade and not a whole lot of assistance from staff. Had my electricity go out and it was promptly dealt with though. Glad I stayed here to make the early run to Deadvlei.
Great campsite within the National Park so you can get a head start in the morning toward the sand dunes for sunrise. The camp sites themselves are all individually walled with a tree for shade, light and braai pit. Very cool indeed.
We encountered a huge sandstorm, which felt a bit dangerous. Could have received more information at check in if this is common, or if it was known through the weather forecast. The campsite itself and the infrastructure was very good.
Functional campsite for the early morning trip to the dunes. The restaurant offers a shady spot for several beers while you wait to be served. Slightly muddy pool offers a great way to cool off and diversion for kids in the hot afternoon.
Well you go for the 1 hour head start to the dunes not for the camp site. Plus side is the camping under a shady tree (pitches 24 through 28 were near us and all good for this 28 being the best. Facilities worn but reasonably clean. Staff OK
Very simple and basic camp site, but liked the chance to enter the Sesriem park site before sunrise and enjoy this moment direclty from the Dune 45. The restaurant is simple too and there is not much choice... but you are so closed to desert!!!!
07 oct 2011 Reception not very friendly. Campsite with braai and power point and a tree that is sometimes not adapted for roof tents. Restaurant so-so. But it's inside the park so you can go to the dunes earlier than the others. Fuel station.
Really convenient for early morning entrance to Sosussvlei. Otherwise not So great. Camp feels over-crowded. We were probably unlucky but water was not running for all 3 days and it made it a bit difficult with such amount of people in the camp.
An individual camping place with clean toilet facilities. Friendly and helpful hosts and good bar facilities. Many birds, geckos and scorpions. Does cater for larger tour groups which can sometimes be noisy. Recommend for access to National Park.
Worst and a complete mess, but I do understand that it is the only camp inside the park and that allows guest to get prior to sunrise on Dune 45 You could just prepare the guests to the big mess that is this camp BTW, no water nor electricity one day...
It was good to have a place inside the park as we were able to start our drive to Soussusvlei before the park opened to other people. However there was a lot of noise during the night due to generators and road works nearby, which spoilt the atmosphere a bit
Busy, noisy and crowded. Only real advantage is that it's within the park, but don't expect much. Bathrooms were not that clean. There are much better camping options just outside the park gate, but you won't be able to enter/exit the park at the same times.
Very busy and disorganised campsite! Adequate for a couple of nights, but the only real reason you would choose to stay here is to have the option of accessing the dunes an hour before sunrise and after sunset, which you cannot do if you stay outside the park.
The Sossusvlei dunes were spectacular and staying at the Sesriem Camp allows you to have first access to them in the morning and last access to them at night. It is worth staying at for this reason alone. The camp itself had everything you could want in a camp.
Good campsite, ablution blocks reasonnably clean. The individual campsites are very nice with plenty of space. Of course the bonus is that you get the two extra hours in the dunes (one before, one after sunset). I'd say the restaurant was ok, not great, but ok.
The facilities were adequate but unspectacular, as we expected given our research. We concur with reports we had read that the main reason to use this facility is the opportunity to reach the dunes for sunrise. We were pleased that we booked here for that reason.
Location was ideal, as we were within the gates of the park and could easily make the trip for sunrise. The camp was well signed and had large designated areas for each group. The facilities were clean and well positioned and the staff were helpful during check in.
Very happy with the campsite. They let us in even though we arrived an hour after sunset - which made us feel as if we had miraculously survived a stage of The Amazing Race! Excellent ablutions. Shop could have been better stocked - we had to go outside to the garage.
Excellent location for getting to dunes early. The shuttle service was very easy so we didn't have to drive on the 4x4 road the last leg. The campsite is very crowded. It would be helpful to select a campsite that is on the edge. We were in the middle of large, loud groups.
Pleasant atmosphere and good campsite. Ablution blocks were clean, well maintained and spacious too. I think it would have helped to have professional advice for travelling in the dunes. The shuttle to Sossusvlei was not available on the 2 afternoons we visited i.e. Good Friday and Saturday.
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