A perfect short getaway ideal for clients with limited time on their hands.
This 3 Day Namibia's Sossusvlei Dunes Safari starts in Swakopmund on Friday and ends in Windhoek in the early afternoon on Sunday. We will use the Sesriem Desert area as our base and head out to explore the unique Namib Desert surrounds from there.
Namib Naukluft Park highlights include the towering Sossusvlei Dunes, Dead Vlei, the famous Dune 45 and Sesriem Canyon. Accommodation will be in en-suite rooms or stylish permanent tents, each with stunning views of the mountains and deserts of the Namib area.
This Budget Safari to Namibia's Sossusvlei Dunes is a perfect short break Safari for visitors to Namibia.
Set off from Swakopmund at the start of this Budget Safari to Namibia's Sossusvlei Dunes, leaving around noon.
Our route takes us across the Kuiseb River which sporadically flows through the Kuiseb Canyon. We stop for lunch along the way and also pass through the small hamlet of Solitaire. Driving into the Namib Desert we make our way to our camp at Sesriem, near the Naukluft Mountain Range. Arriving in the late afternoon we stretch our legs and take in the open desert landscapes around us, before setting off on a walk. Walking into the nearby Naukluft mountains we look out over the sweeping Namib Desert with its intense colours and shifting shadows, as the sun sets.
Back at camp we have dinner, prepared by the guide, and gaze up at the star-studded desert skies. Accommodation is in adobe and canvas permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms.
Day two - we are up before the sun, arriving at the entrance to the Namib-Naukluft National Park in time for sunrise.
We drive through the national park watching the changing colours as the sun lights up the desert landscape. We switch to the 4x4 shuttle at the parking area for the last stretch to the famous Sossusvlei Dunes. Arriving at the striking dunes early in the day, we get to admire the orange-red tinged dunes in the warm morning light. This is one of the most remarkable highlights of Namibia, with its tall ochre dunes and stark contrasts under wide skies. Walking around at Sossusvlei you will be surrounded by some of the tallest sand dunes on the planet.
From Sossusvlei we move on to the nearby Dead Vlei, also inside the Namib-Naukluft Park. Dead Vlei is a white, clay pan scattered with dead trees that stand in stark contrast to the sun-bleached earth and red-orange dunes fringing the dry pan. After seeing this strange and photogenic desert highlight you can walk back to the vehicle or catch the 4x4 shuttle. Then we stop at the best-known landmark dune - Dune 45. You have the chance to climb the dune and enjoy the views out over the desert, or relax at the foot of this iconic peak.
From famous dunes to Sesriem Canyon, the desert adventure continues. We take a walk into this narrow canyon, where layer upon layer of ancient sedimentary rock can be seen in the steep walls. Sometimes the canyon floor is dotted with pools of water that are deep enough to take a dip in. Leaving the Sesriem Canyon we head back to the lodge for a beautiful sunset over the arid hills and plains.
Accommodation is in twin share rooms or permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms, at a lodge near Sesriem.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Wake up in the quiet desert and tuck into breakfast at the remote lodge. Then we drive to Solitaire, where we stop in at the Na'ankuse Namib Conservation Centre to see cheetahs with the resident biologist. After our cheetah encounter we travel up to Bullsport and Rehoboth, making our way across plateau and hills to Windhoek.
Our Budget Safari to Namibia's Sossusvlei Dunes ends in Windhoek this afternoon, with drop-off at the airport, bus station or your post-safari lodge.
If you are catching a flight on the final day of this tour, we highly recommend booking flights departing after 17h00, in case there are unexpected delays on the road.
The Namib Desert Camp accommodation used on this tour is located just outside of the Namib Naukluft National Park, near the settlement of Sesriem. Alternative lodges near Sesriem may also be used on the safari.
The chalets at the desert lodge offer spectacular views over the dry plains and Naukluft Mountain range. The adobe and canvas tented-rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and small balcony and braai areas. These permanent tents are fitted with fans, twin beds, a safe and a couch. Good quality linen and extra bedding is included and there are sleeper couches for children under 12 years. Facilities at the lodge include a plunge pool, bar, dstv, self-catering kitchens and alfresco dining areas where your guide prepares meals.
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