This 3 day self-drive departs from Windhoek and spends both nights at a campsite in the vicinity of the - allowing you to have a full day to explore the area. Sossusvlei is a clay-filled pan surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world, best viewed at sunrise or sunset. The 2nd attraction in the area is Sesriem Canyon; deep and sheltered it often holds water into the dry season. Keep an eye on the ground for the fast moving, black, long-legged Tok Tokkie beetles which are common in this part of Namibia!
You will need to provide your own camping equipment for this trip as it is not included in the quote and can not be rented at the campsite - if you require we can assist in making arrangements for the rental of suitable equipment.
While it is possible to book this itinerary 'as is', all our self drive safaris are customisable, we can add or delete days, change the accommodation used and generally design the tour to suit your individual requirements. If you do not like the idea of driving yourself the itinerary could easily be used as the basis for a guided safari.
Visits Sesriem & Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert.
You will need to shop for your groceries before you leave Windhoek. You will still have a drive of some 300 kilometers on mainly gravel roads will take you the best part of 4-5 hours. This doesn't include stops such as the outstanding views from the top of the escarpment at Spreetshoogte Pass. The opening is so steep that it is only possible to traverse it from top to bottom so it is advisable to use one of the other ... routes on your return journey. On arrival at Sesriem Campsite, which is also the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park and the dunes, check in at reception and set up your camp. Elim Dune is only 4.8 kilometers away and makes for an ideal desert sundowner location.
This is a day for early birds as you need to be at the park's gates about an hour before sunrise. Some like to drive down to Dune 45. Although it is about 45 kilometers from Sesriem it is so-called because of the numbering system devised by conservation staff some years ago. It is arguably the most photographed dune in the area and many visitors stop and climb this dune. You might like to continue onwards towards Sossusvlei. Either stop ... at the 2x4 car park and walk along the dry river bed into Sossusvlei or take a shuttle. You can carry on in your own 4x4 vehicle, drive slowly and appreciate the scenery. Others prefer to enjoy a more leisurely drive down as the dunes en-route come to life in the early morning displaying a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. In the afternoon you can relax around the campsite pool before heading to the nearby Sesriem Canyon.
After breakfast you can pack up and head back to Windhoek via the scenic Remhoogte Pass. Budget and time permitting you might like to stop at the Neuras Winery and Wildlife Estate for some lunch and wine tasting on the way back!
Although we have excluded the cost of renting a vehicle from the quoted rate we are happy to advise you on the best possible vehicle and arrange a rental for you. For an idea of what is available have a look at our car hire in Namibia section
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