Desert Dream Tour

4 Days

The Desert Dream is 4 day / 3 night accommodated tour to Sossusvlei, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Namibia, with the added appeal of an extra day's hiking and sightseeing in the spectacular Naukluft Mountains. This tour has two different versions the standard and superior version, the two version are identical apart from the accommodation used. The standard tour stays at the Soft Adventure Camp while the superior version stays at Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Travellers do not have to wait to reach Sossusvlei for the excitement to begin! The route to the famous clay pan, which is reputed to be surrounded by the world's highest sand dunes, is a truly memorable experience in itself: binoculars and camera's should be at hand at all times. Mountain scenery, a steep and picturesque pass, settlements and a canyon will all be viewed on the way to the towering red sand dunes of the Namib Desert. And if that isn't enough, then a guided walk and extensive drive will complete the desert dream safari in style.

Photographer's of all levels will have plenty of material to record; star-shaped mounds and ridges, picturesque scenery and the desert's fauna and flora await!

The Desert Dream has daily departures from both Windhoek and Swakopmund, and you can be dropped off in either of these locations at the end of the trip. This particular tour has proved to be one of the most time-effective journey's to see not just one, but two of Namibia's most visited and impressive sights on the same safari.

Many tourists enjoy the freedom of self-driving around northern Namibia, and then be guided on the Sossusvlei leg of their trip. This versatility allows the Desert Dream to become even more enjoyable, and it can also be added on to many other safaris.

There are two versions of this tour the standard & superior tour. The difference is just down to the accommodation used with the standard tour staying in Soft Adventure Camp and the superior at Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Please note that this itinerary is for Windhoek - Sossusvlei - Windhoek. Tours starting and ending at alternative locations, will have a different route on days 1 & 4.

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Itinerary

The dunes at Sossusvlei & the Namib Naukluft Mountains are highlights. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund.

Day 1

Namib Naukluft Lodge

Windhoek - Namib Naukluft Lodge

Travellers will be collected by their driver/guide from their Windhoek hotel at 14h00 (or 13h00 during Namibian wintertime). Travelling to the lodge via the scenic Spreetshoogte pass (one of the steepest and most scenic passes in Namibia) the tour stops at the small settlement of Solitaire, (famous for it's apple pie!) before proceeding to the lodge. Namib Naukluft Lodge & the Soft Adventure Camps are situated on the same property located between Solitaire and Sesriem and is located on a ... 13,000 hectare farm, which has been a private nature reserve since 1999. The backdrop of granite hills, an amazing sight, sets the tone for the duration.

Meal information Dinner only

Day 2

Namib Naukluft Lodge

Sossusvlei

The early morning departure is rewarded with sight of the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei. Many visitors take the opportunity to climb some of the highest sand dunes in the world, (and after catching your breath), there is the opportunity to take a few pictures of the surrounds; including Naravlei, Cessna Pan and the rocky ridges of Witberg (White Mountains). From above, the desert is so beautiful and alive! After a picnic breakfast, the tour continues with a visit to 'Dead ... Vlei' and the Sesriem Canyon, before returning to the lodge for lunch. The afternoon has been set aside for a sundowner-drive to the natural 'marble mountains'. For those who may have had enough sightseeing, there is time to chill or relax at the lodge, with a dip in the pool a clear favourite. The verandah is a popular meeting place for a sundowner and to enjoy a spectacular Namibian sunset.

Meal information Picnic Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3

Namib Naukluft Lodge

Naukluft Mountains - Namib Naukluft Lodge

Those interested in walking will depart from the lodge at around 07h00 on an optional guided walk in the Naukluft Mountains. This route is still part of the private nature reserve and takes approximately 1.5 hours, building up a healthy appetite before returning to the lodge for a full breakfast. The remainder of the morning is free, with relaxing beside or in the pool, whilst enjoying the great views over the plains. An optional (and very popular) alternative for this morning ... is to join a balloon safari at Sossusvlei, this should be pre-booked when booking the safari and is at extra cost. After your morning activity lunch is served at the lodge and in the afternoon, it's time to participate on an extensive desert drive, crossing the dry riverbed of the Tsondab to visit the Moringa Forest– one of Namibia's hidden treasures! At a chosen scenic location, you will be no doubt enjoy a 360° view, whilst experiencing the true solitude of the surrounding environment. Return to the lodge is via a picturesque route, where depending on season, herds of springbok and oryx may be spotted. In the evenings, guests can listen to the sounds of the barking gecko and gaze at the fascinating starlit Namibian night skies.

Meal information Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4

Namib Naukluft Lodge

Namib Naukluft Lodge - Windhoek

After breakfast it's time for the return journey to Windhoek, via the Remshoogte Pass, allowing a different, but just as striking route. Arrival time at Windhoek is around 12h30, allowing plenty of time to shake the sand out of your boots, and do a bit of shopping before that next trip.

Meal information Breakfast only

Number Of Participants

  • Maximum of 14

Included

  • Tour in a small group with an English speaking driver / guide
  • Accommodation and meals as listed above: 2x breakfast, 1x lunch, 2x dinner
  • Excursion to the Sossusvlei; porterage & park-entrance-fees
  • Still and sparkling water on board the vehicle is free of charge

Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance

Please note:

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.

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