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3 Day Sossusvlei Tour

3 day Sossusvlei tour in Namibia accords you pure adventure and adrenaline rush. This budget African safari tour in Namibia is a 3 day Sossusvlei tour from Windhoek. The 3 days Sossusvlei tour safari takes you to one of the oldest desert in the world.

About 3 Day Sossusvlei Safari in Namibia

The 3 day Sossusvlei tour is a  3 day African camping safari in Namibia. This Sossusvlei tour safari is a camping tour in Namibia that departs every Friday. It is a pocket friendly budget Namibia safari tour for those on shoestring spending.

3 day Sossusvlei tour 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 some of the tallest dunes in the world.

You can make this 3 day Sossusvlei tour longer by combining it with the 3 day Etosha Safari tour. This 3 day Sossusvlei tour in Namibia will start and end in Windhoek.

The 3 day Sossusvlei tour takes you to the magical Sossusvlei. This is a Namibia tour to the Namib-Nakluft National Park. This Namibia National Park is the largest conservation area, spanning some 50 000 square kilometres.

This Namibia safari tour is a 3 day Sossusvlei tour safari. It is also among the best short Namibia safari tours we offer. The 3 day Sossusvlei tour safari starts from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Your 3 day Sossusvlei tour safari will be taking you to the oldest desert in the world.

The 3 day Sossusvlei tour takes you to the Namib Desert. You will be here on the 3 day Sossusvlei tour safari to enjoy a hike on some of the highest sand dunes in the world. The 2 day Sossusvlei tour is similar to this but just shorter.

3 day Sossusvlei tour is a three magical days discovering the scenic wonders of the Namibian dessert. On this Namibia tour, you will enjoy breathtaking vistas of rolling sand dunes, glorious sunrises and sunsets.

3 Day Sossusvlei Tour

There will be spectacular passes and ancient desert forests. 3 day Sossusvlei tour is a dream Namibia holiday trip for aspiring photographers and nature lovers.

This magical 3 day Sossusvlei Tour takes you to Namibia’s most iconic and oldest desert in the world including. You will have a tour of the Dead Vlei, Sesriem Canyon walking trails, nature drives & the Marble Mountain.

Join our 3 day Sossusvlei Tour for an unforgettable journey through Namibia’s most picturesque landscapes, a photographer’s dream. On this Namibia  tour we lead you through the Namib desert and show you the main attractions & adventures without joining a lengthy safari.

The 3 day Sossusvlei Tour is great for travelers looking to visit Sossusvlei on in a short time frame. Enjoy a desert excursions to some of the highest and oldest sand dunes on earth and visit the white clay pan, Dead Vlei.

The 3 day Sossusvlei Tour will take you to the Marble Mountains. This will be on a nature drive for an extraordinary view of this beautiful region.

There are great chance of spotting a wild oryx, springbok, ostrich or smaller animals including reptiles and beetles.

With some luck you might also spot mountain zebra, leopard, hyena and desert foxes known to roam the region around the vlei.

Make the journey to Namibia worth while and don’t miss out on this unique gem of Southern Africa by booking this 3 day Sossusvlei Tour.

3 Day Sossusvlei Safari in Namibia Highlights

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

3 Day Sossusvlei Tour Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek – Sossusvlei

Our Namibia safari rep will meet you upon arrival at the airport in the morning. You can also start the 3 day Sossusvlei tour from Windhoek Hotel. Enjoy a short briefing on the 3 day Sossusvlei tour from Windhoek. After the briefing, it is time to leave Windhoek at around 0830hrs for Siesrem. You will first head south-westerly crossing the Namib Central Plateau. Your drive on the 3 day Sossusvlei tour from Windhoek then drops down the Great Escarpment. This route goes 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 quite famous for its apple pie. A short refreshment stop follows as you proceed with your 3 day Sossusvlei tour from Windhoek.

3 Day Sossusvlei Tour

Continue with the drive on the 3 day Sossusvlei tour through the 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 on this 3 day Sossusvlei tour will be in the afternoon. It’s time to marvel at the colors glow and change on the distant mountains to the east. We recommend an early night on this day of the 3 day Sossusvlei tour. Dinner and overnight will be at Sesriem Camp.

Dune 45 Hike Experience

Dune 45 reaches more than 170 meters. It is 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. This is 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 quite harsh to continue. To hike up the dune is quite some hard work.

Finally, 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 will be in sweat. This is rather quickly dried by the cold, which makes it even more uncomfortable.

3 Day Sossusvlei Tour

Just before the sun lights up, the dunes start to be covered by dark blue shadows. This 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. Their rich tints range from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges or golden-red colors.

It is a fabulous unforgettable dune dream come true experience. This will for sure stay in your memory forever.

As the sun continued to rise, temperature climbs fast. You have to take a difficult decision: to leave and go down saying good bye to Dune 45.

In less than hour, wind blows again strongly at the top. This causes great pain if you don’t protect your arms and face. The sand will become 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 3 day Sossusvlei tour 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.

3 Day Sossusvlei Tour

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 as a coincidence, 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 relaxed start to your 3 day Sossusvlei tour in Namibia day. You may wish to take a pleasure flight over the dunes. This we can help organize at cost. After breakfast your 3 day Sossusvlei tour in Namibia departs.

You will be heading back north to the capital. This drive on 3 day Sossusvlei tour goes through the wonderful Highlands. The route will be somewhat different from the outward journey. But, 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 1600 hrs. You will be dropped off at your budget hotel in Windhoek.

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3 Day Sossusvlei Tour from Windhoek Cost

Included in 3 Day Sossusvlei Tour 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
  • 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 3 Day Sossusvlei Tour Cost

  • Snacks & drinks
  • Optional activities

What to Carry on This 3 Day Sossusvlei Tour in Namibia

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

Related African Safaris in Namibia

3 day Namib Desert Safari

7 Day Northern Namibia Tour

3 day Etosha Safari in Namibia

7 Day Southern Namibia Budget Safari

3 day Sossusvlei Tour Destination

Namib-Nakluft National Park

3 Day Sossusvlei Tour

The 3 day Sossusvlei Tour goes to Namib-Naukluft Park is a national park in western Namibia. This Namibia national park is situated between the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the edge of the Great Escarpment.

Namib-Naukluft Park encompasses part of the Namib Desert, the Naukluft mountain range, and the lagoon at Sandwich Harbour.

The Park was formed from four regions namely Namib, Naukluft, Sesriem/Sossusvlei and Sandwich Harbour. Here some parts of the Restricted Diamond Area have been added.

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is the fourth largest national park in the world. 3 day Sossusvlei Tour will be taking you to a place of shifting terracotta dunes, vast plains and shimmering savanna fringed in the east by the dramatic Naukluft Mountains.

This is Africa’s largest conservation area and one of the best places on the planet for truly mind-blowing desert landscapes. 3 day Sossusvlei Tour goes to one of the oldest deserts on earth.

There are many ways to experience the Namib-Naukluft. This is whether you’re on a short trip and just have time to visit Sossusvlei.

The 3 day Sossusvlei Tour allows you climb the highest dunes in the world. You may want a more adventurous take on the desert. This is for a multi-day 4×4 trail or hiking route on Namibia tour that takes you deep into isolated wilderness.

Whatever way you spend your time in the Namib-Naukluft, the beauty, space and serenity of the desert will stay with you long afterwards.

The Namib Desert’s scenery is stunning, and its wildlife fascinating. You just need to make the time to observe it. It’s easy to explore the contrasting landscapes by yourself.

The roads are spectacular, so make sure you leave plenty of time to stop, take photographs and have a picnic surrounded by space and silence.

An hour’s drive northeast of Sesriem, the main escarpment juts out into the desert forming a range known as the Naukluft Mountains.

In 1968 these were protected within the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park – to conserve a rare breeding population of Hartmann’s mountain zebra.

Shortly afterwards, land was bought to the west of the mountains and added to the park, forming a corridor linking these mountains into the Namib National Park.

This allowed oryx, zebra and other game to migrate between the two, and in 1979 the parks were formally combined into the Namib-Naukluft National Park.

Sossusvlei pan is made up of salt and clay. It is situated in Namib Naukluft National Park. This is the largest conservation area in Africa. It is also in the oldest desert in the world. This 3 day Sossusvlei tour safari goes with you to one of the world’s best photogenic region.

This Sossusvlei area is famous for some of the world’s largest red sand dunes. It is one of the most popular tourist area and visited mostly in Namibia. On the 3 day Sossusvlei tour safari, you will encounter the Siesrem Canyon and Dune 45.

We have a lot of activities to do in Sossusvlei. But, the 3 day Sossusvlei tour safari will not concentrate on all of them but on the top most attractions in Sossusvlei.

We will focus on the famous Siesrem Canyon and Dune 45. It is important to note that in Sossusvlei there is also the Deadvlei and Hiddenvle.

What Does Sossusvlei mean?

The origin of the term Sossusvlei is from two different languages, the Nama and Afrikaans. The simple translation of this term Sossusvlei is “dead-end marsh”.

From the Nama, we have the term Sossus. This term can be translated to mean a ’Marsh’ or a ‘Marshy place’. It forms the first part of the term Sossusvlei.

The last part is ‘Vlei’ which has its origins from Afrikaans. This term refers to ‘an end’ or a ‘dead end’. It therefore refers to the marsh at the end of the Tsauchab River Course.

This 3 day Namibia tour safari goes to Sossusvlei where the dunes meet. Because of the meeting point, the course of the river has been cut and thus the dunes prevent the Tsauchab River from flowing any further.

As a result of the blockage by the dunes and the marshy end of Tsauchab River, we get the term Sossusvlei or “dead-end marsh” arises.

Namib desert is the largest desert in the world and among the driest. Because of the temperature and the dryness, the Tsauchab River will seldom flow up to the pan.

It is however important to note that there are some exceptional long rainy seasons in the Naukluft Mountains.

During such rainy seasons, the pan gets filled to capacity and appears as a lake. As a result, there are lots of wildlife concentration hence great numbers of visitors from all over the world. They come to witness this remarkable site.

What To See on the 3 Day Sossusvlei Tour

3 Day Sossusvlei Tour

The 3 day Sossusvlei Tour goes to the Namib Desert. This is home to a stunning array of plant and animal life. All of which have adapted to life under a harsh sun with very little water.

In Namib-Naukluft Park there are oryx, kudu, giraffe, springbok, black-backed jackals, African wild cats, aardvarks and leopards. It is home to more than 340 species of birds.

Look for the many reptiles and some weird and wonderful plants on your 3 day Sossusvlei Tour. Some of the wierd looking plants include the strange-looking welwitschia, which can live for up to 2000 years.

Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem

Sossusvlei and Sesriem are the main attractions of the Namib Naukluft Park on this 3 day Sossusvlei Tour.

3 Day Sossusvlei Tour

Your 3 day Sossusvlei tour goes about 4km from Sesriem, following the signs left as you enter the gates, is Sesriem Canyon. At Sesriem the Tsauchab River has dug an approximately 1 km long and 30 metre deep canyon into the ground.

This is a narrow fissure in the sandstone, 30m deep in places, carved by the Tsauchab River. It was used by the early settlers, who drew water from it by knotting together six lengths of hide rope (called riems). Hence it became known as ses riems.

Sossusvlei is the name of a salt-clay pan surrounded by dunes. A 3 day Sossusvlei Tour to Sossusvlei takes you approximately 60 km away from Sesriem.

The road from Sesriem to Sossusvlei is soon confined into a corridor, flanked by huge dunes. Gradually, this narrows, becoming a few kilometres wide.

This unique parting of the southern Namib’s great sand sea has probably been maintained over the millennia by the action of the Tsauchab River and the wind.

The major parts of the Namib Naukluft Park are inaccessible for humans. Of the huge area of which 32,000 km² exist of dune fields. The 3 day Sossusvlei Tour will access the area north of the Kuiseb River, the Naukluft Mountains and the Sossusvlei can be visited.

Since 2010 the Namib Naukluft Park belongs to the Namib Skeleton Coast National Park. Together, this forms the biggest protected area of Namibia and the eight biggest worldwide.

3 Day Sossusvlei Tour

This Park was formed by the merging of the Skeleton Coast Park andthe Namib Naukluft Park. Others are the Restricted Diamond Area and the Dorob National Park.

Dead Vlei is an old pan with merely the skeletons of trees left – some over 500 years old. Many consider it to be more starkly beautiful than Sossusvlei.

The Fish River Canon and the marine reserve Meob-Chamais are also part of this conservation area. This newly developed Namib Skeleton Coast National Park stretches along the entire Atlantic coast of Namibia.

3 Day Sossusvlei Tour

It starts from the border of Angola in the north down to the border of South Africa in the south and has a length of 1570 km.

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