3 day Sossusvlei Camping safari (starts Swakopmund)

Introduction

Two nights spent at a campsite within the Namib Naukluft Park, gateway to places with names such as Dune 45, Big Daddy, Sossusvlei – the Namib Desert with its towering sand dunes! 

Departure dates

Nov
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Jan 21
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Can this tour be combined with others:  yes

Join the 3 day Etosha which departs Windhoek on a Monday , this forms our 7 day Pride of Namibia program

 

2022 departures – commence Nov 21 – Oct 2022

Nov 21

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Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    3 Days / 2 Nights

  • Departs from:

    Swakopmund on selected Fridays.

  • Ends in:

    Windhoek on a Sunday evening.

  • Group Size:

    Minimum 1 guest Maximum 14 guests

  • Destinations:

    Sesriem

  • Vehicles used:

    1-2 guests – SUV (or similar)
    3-4 guests – Quantum or Land Cruiser (or similar)
    5 + guests – Expedition Truck (modified safari vehicle)

Map

3 day Sossusvlei Camping safari Schedule Tue departure

Overview

Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Room Type
Duration
Sesriem Oshana Campsite
Sesriem
Lunch & Dinner
1x Campsite
1 Night
Sesriem Oshana Campsite
Sesriem
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night

Price

Pricing is per person sharing – as tours tend to run full, we have limited packing space on the vehicles, tents are bulky items and as such we do require people of the same gender to share.  

Single tents may be supplied for those with valid health reasons, no single supplement payable. 

  • Professional guide 
  • Camp assistant 
  • All transport whilst on tour 
  • Meals as specified 
  • Camping equipment (does not include sleeping bag / pillow / stretcher) 
  • National Park entrance fees 
  • Campsite fees 
  • Sleeping bag – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00 
  • Stretcher – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00 
  • Pillow 
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & bottled water 
  • Personal travel insurance – compulsory 

Itinerary

Day 1 Itinerary: Swakopmund – Namib Naukluft Park – Friday

field of dead trees in desert
thatched roof bathrooms
  • Route:

    Windhoek to Namib Naukluft Park

  • Distance:

    310 km

  • Collection time:

    08h00 – 08h30 from any accommodation within the town of Swakopmund.

  • Journey:

    We leave Swakopmund to the harbour town of Walvis Bay before heading south travelling across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert, endless horizons. The surrounds of the Kuiseb and Gaub Canyon provide good geological phenomenon, in addition we may see the elusive Mountain Zebra. After crossing the Tropic of Capricorn head on to the settlement of Solitaire. Our aim is to arrive at our campsite mid to late afternoon. Set up camp and visit Elim dune – a great place for sundowners with the dunes behind us and the Naukluft Mountains in the distance.

  • Activities:

    Time permitting visit Elim dune

Info:

In the midst of the endless plains of Namibia, surrounded by solitude and the lonely whistling wind, Solitaire is a haven for travellers in search of companionship, comfort and fuel. 

“Solitaire” is the name of the group of card games for one player only. It also refers to the solitude of the area and the town in the middle of the vast Namib Desert. It’s said that the name refers to the only means of entertainment for settlers in this lonely village.

Sesriem offers ten (10) self-catering camping facilities with each campsite having its own private toilet and shower, washup kitchenette with hot and cold water and 220V electricity. Campers have full access to the shop, bar, restaurant and swimming pool at Sesriem. 

Overnight: Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem

Day 2 Itinerary: Sossusvlei/Sesriem - Saturday

chameleon blending in
mountain view
  • Route:

    Sesriem – Sossusvlei - Sesriem

  • Distance:

    180 km

  • Journey:

    We’ll need to be on the move an hour before dawn as we make our way through a dry riverbed and across the gravel plains towards the Namib Dunes. We’ll stop at Dune 45 before making our way to Sossusvlei with age old sands said to be around five million years old. Dead Vlei with its white pan and contrasting black scorched trees is also on our visit list. Whilst this region appears to be lifeless there are a variety of animal species that have adapted to these conditions and if we’re lucky may see Oryx antelope, ostrich, springbok and don’t forget about the birdlife and reptiles that inhabit the area. Return to our campsite for lunch, late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon where the ephemeral Tsauchab River has shaped the area over millions of years.

  • Activities:

    Dune 45, Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon

Info:

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. 

Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees 

This ancient clay pan 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. 

Sesriem Oshana Camp offers self-catering camping facilities with each campsite having its own private toilet and shower, wash-up kitchenette with hot and cold water and 220V electricity. 

Each campsite is located inside the gates of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, making Sesriem Oshana Camp the supreme gateway campsite on the road to the Sossusvlei. 

Overnight: Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem

Day 3 Itinerary: Sossusvlei – Windhoek - Sunday

oryx crossing
grass in dune
  • Route:

    Sossusvlei – Windhoek

  • Distance:

    360 km

  • Arrival in Windhoek:

    Between 15h00 – 17h00

  • Journey:

    Our route today takes us back towards Solitaire from where we travel to the town of Rehoboth, an area of natural hot water springs, before arriving back into the city of Windhoek, this will be late afternoon, please do not book any outbound flights for this afternoon

Info:

Located in Hardap, Namibia, about 90 kilometres south of Windhoek, Rehoboth is surrounded by camel thorn, sweet-thorn and candle-pod acacia and dotted with several natural hot springs. The area is known not only for its striking natural beauty but also its rich heritage – the ancient Baster community, who came across the river to settle here in 1870, have a long and interesting history. Plant lovers will be interested to find that some of the Acacia Trees here date back around 2000 years.