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3 days of pure adventure and adrenaline rush on this African safari to Namibia, The 3 days Sossusvlei safari takes you to one of the oldest desert in the world.

About 3 Day Sossusvlei Safari in Namibia

The Sossusvlei safari is 3 day African camping safari in Namibia. The Sossusvlei Safari is run as a camping tour in Namibia that departs every Friday. It is a pocket friendly budget Namibia safari tour.

This Sossusvlei safari gives you a wonderful way to see most spectacular sights. You will see the towering sand dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. These are reputed to be some of the tallest in the world. The Sossusvlei safari can be extended by combining it with Etosha Safari. This Sossusvlei safari in Namibia will start and end in Windhoek.

3 Day Sossusvlei Safari in Namibia Highlights

  • Very impresive desert scenery
  • Dune 45
  • Elim’s Dube
  • Nature walk
  • Dune Hike

3 Day Sossusvlei Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek – Sossusvlei

Our Namibia safari rep will meet you at your Windhoek hotel. This will be followed by a briefing on the Sossusvlei safari in Namibia .This is to be followed by departure from Windhoek at around 0830hrs. You will first head south-westerly crossing the Namib Central Plateau. Your drive then drops down the Great Escarpment via the Remhoogte Pass.

You will emerge into the open plains from the descent out of the mountains. From here you’ll make a stop at the tiny settlement of Solitaire. The town is very famous for its apple pie. A short refreshment stop follows. You will then proceed through the impressive desert scenery. You’ll be in the open grass savanna and farmlands. Shortly, the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib will come into view.

Arrival at the camp is scheduled for the afternoon. It’s time to marvel at the colors glow and change on the distant mountains to the east. An early night is recommended. Your overnight will be at Sesriem Camp.

Dune 45 Hike Experience

Dune 45 reaches more than 170 meters, and is apparently named (without imagination) after the distance in kilometers from Sesriem Canyon.

It is not an easy task, as you have to walk along the edge of the dune (about a foot wide) and your feet continuously sink into the sand. It just feels as if you will never arrive at the top, making it very harsh to continue.

It is indeed really hard. Finally when one hour later, as a true “survivor”, you reach the top, all you want to do is just sit and wait for the sun to rise. Though it is freezing cold, you are covered in sweat, rather quickly dried by the cold, which makes it even more uncomfortable.

Just before the sun lights up, the dunes start to be covered by dark blue shadows and it is just a big – silent – ‘wow’, leaving you speechless.

As far as you can see, as the sun rises, it is only gigantic dunes up to 300 m high and their rich tints ranging from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges or golden-red colors.

It is a fabulous unforgettable dune dream come true experience that stays in your memory forever.

As the sun continued to rise, temperature climbs quickly and you have to take a difficult decision: to leave and go down.

In less than hour, wind blows again strongly at the top, causing potentially great pain if you don’t protect your arms and face and the sand becomes just too hot to stand on it.

Likely, to go down is a lot easier and you do in a couple of minutes what took you more than one hour to climb.

Day 2: Sossusvlei

A pre-dawn departure is essential to catch the sunrise on the desert. Your Sossusvlei safari in Namibia heads straight into the heart of the dune field. You will reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5km through the dunes. 4×4 shuttles are available for those who prefer not to walk.

The huge star dunes on either side dwarf everything else as you move up. There are ancient mineral pans and stunted camel thorn trees. They make for perfect photo opportunities. The morning is spent in and around Sossusvlei. This will include a visit to Dune 45.

Many people think the name originates because it is about 45km from Sesriem. That is not the case though. It’s because of the numbering system devised by conservation staff. By coincidence it happens to be dune number 45 on the map. It is worth noting that coincidentally, the dune is 45km from Sesriem.

There will be a lunch stop at Sesriem to escape from the heat of the afternoon. You will have relaxation till the day cools off in the late afternoon. This is the time to embark on a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon. Your dinner and overnight will be at Sesriem Camp.

Day 3: Windhoek

This is a more leisurely start to your Sossusvlei safari in Namibia day. You may wish to take a pleasure flight over the dunes. This we can help organize at cost. After breakfast your Sossusvlei safari in Namibia departs.

You will be headed back north. This goes through the wonderful Highlands. The route is slightly different from the outward journey. However, your Sossusvlei safari in Namibia is just as scenic and spectacular.

You will have a stop en-route to enjoy lunch. Proceed to Windhoek to arrive at around 2600hrs. You will be dropped off at your budget hotel in Windhoek.

End of Sossusvlei Safari in Namibia

Sossusvlei Safari Cost

Included in Sossusvlei Safari in Namibia Cost

  • Transport in a custom built safari vehicle (no air-conditioning)
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms as above
  • Meals as above (B – breakfast L – lunch D – dinner)
  • National park entry fees (1 day Sossusvlei)
  • Activities: excursion into Sossusvlei (including 4×4 shuttle) & cheetah tracking activity at Solitaire
  • Pick up within Swakopmund city limits and drop off within Windhoek city limits

Not Included in Sossusvlei Safari Cost

  • Snacks & drinks
  • Optional activities

What to Carry on Sossusvlei Safari in Namibia

  • light and heavy clothing
  • hat
  • sun glasses
  • Sun screen
  • comfortable hiking shoes
  • sandals

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WindhoekWindhoek is the capital city of Namibia. Windhoek means “windy corner” in Afrikaans and its location on a relatively flat plateau at an altitude of 5600 feet (1700m), may explain the origins of the name. Windhoek was founded in the 1890’s by German soldiers who appreciated the natural springs the area offered and its location Read more

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