Please note the 2018 itinerary runs from April 2018 through to March 2019.
An incredible desert escape travelling into the heart of the Sossusvlei Dunes in the Namib Desert.
Journey through the red-orange dunes of Namibia's ancient desert experiencing the silence and open space of this gripping landscape. Walk in the stunning dune fields and witness the blazing sunrise and smouldering sunset over glowing sands and stark salt pans. Explore Sesriem Canyon and chance upon wildlife and birds inhabiting the harsh desert terrain.
This short Namib Desert Camping Safari to Sossusvlei Dunes is a photography enthusiast and nature admirer's dream, starting and ending in Windhoek.
This Namib Desert Camping Safari sets off from Windhoek by about 8:30 on day one. Collection at the start of this quick desert getaway is from your pre-tour accommodation in Namibia's capital.
Leaving the lively city behind we head southwest, passing through scenic landscapes as we drive over the tall Eros Mountains. Our drive takes us over a section of the undulating Naukluft Mountains, lying on the eastern edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
We descend from the Central Plateau of Namibia via the scenic Remhoogte Pass, driving onto the expansive plains below. We pass the little hamlet of Solitaire, continuing through open grasslands and farming territory before entering the desert region.
The scenery transforms around us, turning into the red-orange sands of the ancient Namib Desert.
We arrive at our desert camp amongst the towering orange dunes and empty spaces in time to witness our first spectacular sunset. As the sun dips below the horizon the glowing sands are showered in a warm light that shifts shadows across the desert. We relax at our quiet camp, under wide-open skies studded with countless stars.
On day two of our desert explorer in Namibia we rise before the sun so that we can catch the beautiful colours of daybreak. As we venture out into the desert the sun rises and we get to watch the gentle light bring the soft hues of the sands to life, casting dramatic shadows around us. We make our way into the little settlement of Sesriem, en route to the the vast Namib-Naukluft National Park.
Travelling into the sandy sea of dunes we walk through the desert on the last stretch of our journey to Sossusvlei. The desert walk covers about 5km's through the dune fields of the Namib Desert, taking advantage of the cooler morning temperatures. Our drive and then walk to the famous Sossusvlei Dunes offer outstanding opportunities for landscape photography. The intense red-orange colours of the dunes and the sharp contrasts between the shadows and illuminated sands make for visually striking images of this harsh terrain.
The flat salt pans scattered between the dunes break the vivid orange landscape, with their cracked white-clay surfaces. The desolate looking pans are dotted with the silhouettes of gnarled thorn trees and dramatic fallen branches. We keep a look out for wildlife inhabiting this unforgiving desert habitat, including majestic gemsbok or flightless ostriches.
After our morning of exploring the unforgettable Sossusvlei area we drive to the iconic Dune 45, a well-known landmark.
During the heat of the day we travel back to nearby Sesriem for a lunch break and a rest. Later in the afternoon we head back out into the Namib Desert to visit the narrow Sesriem Canyon. This natural gorge was formed by years of erosion from the Tsauchab Rivier and now reveals layer upon layer of sedimentary rocks. We look out for animals and birds drawn to the sporadic pools of water on the canyon floor.
Today we wake up in the peaceful Namib Desert again, soaking up the silence and open space surrounding us. We have breakfast at our remote camp and then set off on a new route back to Windhoek in central Namibia. Our drive takes us up the looming Gamsberg Pass and into the towering Khomas Hochland mountains.
Arriving in Windhoek at about 4:00pm we drop you off at your post-tour accommodation, bringing this phenomenal Namib Desert Camping Safari to Sossusvlei Dunes to a close.
Accommodation is in canvas dome tents, fitted with camping mattresses (about 5 cm thick) each with a mattress cover. Camping chairs with backrests, are provided for all clients and sleeping bags can be hired in advance.
All evening meals are cooked over an open fire by your guide and vegetarians can be specially catered for by request (in advance). Salads and fresh vegetables are served daily, as well as fresh fruit (when possible). Tap water is safe to drink and bottled mineral water can be purchased locally.
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