3 day Sossusvlei Camping safari

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! 

Join our 3 day Etosha program which leaves Windhoek on a Saturday morning, this would be our 6 day Taste of Namibia safari.

Include Botswana and Victoria Falls by joining the 9 day Delta falls – departs on selected Fridays.

Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    3 Days / 2 Nights

  • Departs from:

    from Windhoek every Tuesday morning

  • Ends in:

    Windhoek on a Thursday 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 map

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: Windhoek – Sesriem/ Sossusvlei – Tuesday

thatched roof bathrooms
shady tree view
  • Route:

    Windhoek to Namib Naukluft Park

  • Distance:

    310 km

  • Collection time:

    08h00 – 08h30 from any accommodation within the City of Windhoek.

  • Journey:

    We leave Windhoek travelling via the gravel roads and the Khomas Hochland mountain range, this area is one of farming communities till we reach the end of the escarpment (crossing the Tropic of Capricorn) where we descend via the Remhoogte Pass to the settlement of Solitaire. The terrain varies dramatically as we travel to our campsite where arrival is due 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:

The Namib Naukluft Park is an ecologically protected area and was proclaimed in August 1979. The Park has an area of 49,800 km² and at the time of proclamation it was the largest protected area in Namibia.

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

Sesriem Oshana 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: Sesriem/Sossusvlei - Wednesday

mountain view
sandy dune
  • 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

Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 meters-some of the highest in the world.

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;

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 the canyon. 

Overnight: Sesriem Oshana Campsite Sesriem

Day 3 Itinerary: Sesriem/Sossusvlei – Windhoek - Thursday

oryx silhouette
grass in dune
  • Route:

    Sesriem to Windhoek

  • Distance:

    335 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

Many tourists use Solitaire as a stopover en route to or from Sesriem and the Sossusvlei. It is situated in a very sparsely populated area close to the Namib Naukluft Park . Soltaire merely consists of a filling station, a shop, a chapel and a bakery with a café.

Rehoboth was founded in 1871 by the so-called Baster, who emigrated from the Cape Province. The Baster are descendants from marriages between Nama women and Boer emigrants from the South African Cape Province. The town is situated about 85 km south of the capital Windhoek and counts about 21,000 inhabitants.