The Sossusvlei Camping Tour is a 3 day / 2 night camping tour to the dunes of in the Namib Desert. This tour, with departures scheduled every Tuesday, is the cheapest safari to visit this part of Namibia. Despite the low cost, expect excellent personalized guiding, good food and a fun all round experience. This drive is stunning and is one of the best ways to see the dune field with the early morning sun casting it's shadows and light onto the sand.
The 3 day Wild Cherry Sossusvlei Safari is a camping trip to one of Namibia's most spectacular tourist attractions. The clay pan known as Sossusvlei is surrounded on 3 sides by some of the tallest dunes in the world. Climb giant sand dunes, walk to other nearby vleis followed by an afternoon trip down a small canyon.
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 limited participation.
Budget safari option to the dunes at Sossusvlei.
Guests will be collected from their accommodation in Windhoek in a custom-made 10-seater 4x4 safari vehicle by 08h30. A briefing by your guide will take place before the 09h00 departure. The tour heads south to Rehoboth, a small town established in the 1870's by Baster settlers who had migrated from the Cape. A drive through the beautiful Khomas Hochland highlands follows, stopping right on the edge of the Great Escarpment. This not only gives you the opportunity to stretch your ... legs but to enjoy one of the country's most dramatic views from the top of the Spreetshoogte Pass. Once the steep descent from the Pass has been completed, the sparsely populated and vast open countryside of the expansive Namib Desert plains are only interrupted by the appropriately named settlement of Solitaire. The homemade apple pie here comes highly recommended! The last leg of your journey is from Solitaire to Sesriem. The stunning landscapes continues, enhanced with those first sightings of sand dunes in the distance.
An early start is essential to witness a beautiful sunrise. After light refreshments your guide will lead you into Namib Naukluft NP, at 50,000 kilometers squared Namibia's largest conservation area. Once through the entrance the drive is 60 kilometers along a tarred road which runs next to the ephemeral Tsauchab River to Sossusvlei. First stop is Dune 45. (Most visitors assume it is so called because it is about 45 kilometers from Sesriem. Years ago the dunes were numbered by ... staff and by coincidence it happened to be number 45 on their map). Climb to the top for the best views of the sun rising over the sand dunes. Breakfast packs await after your descent. Your safari continues to Sossusvlei (the gathering place of water). The cooler morning hours provide the perfect opportunity to climb the biggest of dune of them all Big Daddy. Nearby is the eerie and much photographed Deadvlei, home to a number of ancient camelthorn trees. In and around (and underneath!) the dunes live a surprising variety of desert-adapted flora and fauna who somehow survive the inhospitable desert environment. Time for lunch under the shade of a camelthorn tree before you proceed back along the road to Sesriem Canyon, a natural feature carved by the Tsauchab River in the local sedimentary rock. Walk down the cool depths of this small canyon (1.5 kilometers long and 30 meters at its deepest) where water can be found on the canyon floor for most of the year. The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means 'six belts'. Settlers had to attach together six oryx hide belts in order to reach buckets down into the canyon to scoop up water. Return to the campsite in the afternoon. Look forward to a refreshing sundowner and a tasty dinner, the ideal time to exchange your day's adventures with fellow travellers.
Enjoy a sleep-in this morning. Breakfast is served at 08h00. Departure to Windhoek is at 08h30. Scheduled return to the capital city is approximately 14h00. Your 3 day Sossusvlei Safari adventure has now drawn to a close.
Mode Of Transport
Number Of Participants
Maximum of eight
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.
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