3 day Sossusvlei Accommodated

A bit of luxury while visiting the world's oldest desert.

Tour overview

Our three day Sossusvlei tour has been designed to give you a quick snapshot of Namibia’s iconic landscapes. You’ll visit the world’s highest sand dunes, and step foot in the world’s oldest desert at Sesriem & Sossusvlei.

Tour Information

Departure This tour departs on every Saturday from Windhoek.
Return Return to Windhoek on Monday in the late afternoon / early evening
Passengers Minimum of 2 & a Maximum of 10 travelers per tour.
Style Accommodated safari
Vehicle Vehicles used: Custom Build Landcruiser, Quantum or Dyna Truck
Places Deadvlei, Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon
Combinations This tour can be combined with our 3 day Etosha Accommodated tour to make a 6 day Taste of Namibia Tour.

Daily Tour Overview

Day Destinations Accommodation Meals
1 Windoek - Sossusvlei Area Sossusvlei Lodge or Similar L, D
2 Sossusvlei Area Sossusvlei Lodge or Similar L, D
3 Sossusvlei Area - Windhoek Return to Windhoek B
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, SC = Self-Categring, RO = Room Only

Daily tour description

Day 1:

Sossusvlei Lodge, Sossusvlei (or Similar)

Windhoek – Sesriem area (350 km) (LD) (Accommodation)

You will be collected at your Windhoek accommodation between 08:00 & 08:30

We travel out over the Eros Mountains and along scenic roads on our way south-west to the desert.  We also pass over part of the Naukluft Mountains, which are of particular interest for the ancient geological history of this part of the country. Heading down from Namibia’s central plateau by way of the beautiful Remhoogte Pass, we reach open plains and the tiny settlement of Solitaire.

We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain gives way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.  We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change

Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge or Similar

 

Day 2:

Sossusvlei Lodge, Sossusvlei (or Similar)

Sesriem area– Sossusvlei – Sesriem area (FB) (Accommodation)

A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, we head into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei on foot, trekking the last 5 km through the dunes.  Landscape photo opportunities abound in the cool of the morning, with dawn’s soft light first illuminating the dunes from crest down the back slope, then blazing orange everywhere, creating a powerful contrasting vista across the whole desert.  Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or ostrich makes it essential to remember your camera!

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, also visiting dune 45.  Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib.  The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.

The ancient clay pan at Deadvlei was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer’s dream.

Dune 45 is renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’. If you’re not keen for the strenuous hike to the top of Big Daddy, Dune 45 is a more forgiving alternative, standing at only 80 metres and featuring a much gentler gradient.

As the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch, escaping the heat of the afternoon.  As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.  Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon

Return to the lodge for the overnight.

 

Day 3:

Departure

Sesriem area – Windhoek (450 km) (BL)

After breakfast we begin our journey back to Windhoek following a different route, ascending the massive Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range on our way back to civilization.

We are due back in Windhoek late afternoon / early evening and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

 

END OF TOUR

 

Tour dates

This tour departs on every Saturday from Windhoek.

Price

Price per person starting from $9500

01 April 2017 – 30 June 2017:

$1400.00 single room supplement

01 July – 31 October 2017:

$11300.00 per person sharing

$2100.00 single room supplement

Upgrades

An upgrade is not available on this departure.