Shuttle - 3 day Sossusvlei (NDL)

Introduction

Exciting adventures await those who partake in this exhilarating safari! A three-day excursion, with accommodation included, offers a stress-free experience at Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert, one of the most spectacular sites in the world. En route to this ancient desert, visitors journey down breath-taking slopes as the Spreetshoogte Pass unfurls to the Namib Desert floor. Unexpected canyons and vlei’s, and unique local settlements add awe-inspiring scenery and diversity to the trip. The magnificent star dunes of the Namib are a photographer’s dream and the spectacular landscape will leave memories to last a lifetime. 

Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    3 Days / 2 Nights

  • Windhoek Departures:

    Daily

  • Group Size:

    No minimum number of travellers

  • Rates are valid:

    01 November 2020 - 31 October 2021

Map

NDL

Overview

Start
Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Duration
Day 1
Namib Desert Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia
Sossusvlei
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
1 Night
Day 2
Namib Desert Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia
Sossusvlei
Lunch and Dinner
1 Night

Price

Rates are valid:  01 November 2021 – 30 June 2022 

Namib Desert Lodge:  NAD9 790.00 per person sharing    

Single room supplement: NAD680.00  

 

Rates are valid:  01 July – 31 October 2022 

Namib Desert Lodge:  NAD10 780.00 per person sharing    

Single room supplement: NAD880.00  

  • Two nights’ accommodation 
  • Two dinners, one brunch pack, one breakfast 
  • Sossusvlei & Sesriem excursion and park fees 
  • Sundowner dune drive in the Gondwana Namib Park 
  • Tour Guide 
  • Vehicle and Fuel 
  • Drinking water on vehicle 
  • Flights 
  • Airport transfers (on request) 
  • Visa fees 
  • Beverages 
  • Tips and Gratuities 
  • Personal items 
  • Personal travel insurance – compulsory 

Itinerary

Day 1: Namib Desert Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia, Sossusvlei

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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 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. 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; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes. 

Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia  

Namib Desert Lodge is located 60 km north of Sesriem on the C 19 (Sossusvlei Area). 

Set below striking fossilised dunes, the comfortable lodge provides a spectacular experience of ancient desert. 65 rooms, two swimming pools and a waterhole are surrounded by sandy splendour. Breathe in the grandeur on a sunset drive and feel the earth underfoot. Relax in the arms of the Namib. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Dinner 

Day 1

  • Route:

    Windhoek 

  • Distance:

    286 km

  • Collection time:

    14h00 departure from the City of Windhoek.  

  • Journey:

     Guests are collected from their lodgings in Windhoek at approximately 14:00. The journey to the Namib Naukluft Park begins via the scenic Spreetshoogte Pass – one of Namibia’s steepest and most scenic mountain passes. A quick stopover at the small settlement of Solitaire caters for refreshments and some sweet delights. The night is spent at the Namib Desert Lodge, based at the foot of ancient fossilised dunes.  While enveloped in this oasis, it almost seems as though time stands still.

Day 2: Namib Desert Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia, Sossusvlei

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drinks on the sand

Sossusvlei 

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 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. 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; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes. 

Dead Vlei 

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 Canyon 

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. 

Basis 

Lunch and Dinner 

Included 

Meals:  Brunch & dinner 

Day 2

  • Route:

    Namib Desert Lodge - Sossusvlei - Namib Desert Lodge

  • Distance:

    238 km

  • Journey:

    An early start to the day awaits. Much of the day is spent climbing the highest sand dunes in the world. Big Daddy offers a strenuous climb, but the view along the crest is completely worth it. Upon descent, the whispering sands of the Namib lead to the ancient camelthorn trees of Dead Vlei – one of the most photographed areas in Sossusvlei. Exploration continues into the rugged Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge for the evening, but the day is not yet done. The second night of the safari is concluded with a sunset dune drive where the crimson horizon can be appreciated from the crest of the fossilised dunes in the Gondwana Namib Park.

Day 3: Last leg of your Itinerary

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Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day 3

  • Route:

    Namib Desert Lodge - Windhoek

  • Distance:

    286 km

  • Journey:

    rise and shine, as the capital awaits! After breakfast, the shuttle returns to Windhoek via the Remhoogte Pass – although this pass is not as steep as the Spreetshoogte, it offers beautiful scenery. Expect to arrive in the city at around 12:30, although please note that times may vary.

CAST Terms & Conditions

  • The traveller/agent is responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and travel permits 
  • The traveller/agent is responsible for determining what, if any, vaccinations, health or safety precautions are necessary or recom­mended 
  • The traveller/agent is responsible to have a 72 hrs Medical Document indicating that the traveller is COVID 19 NEGATIVE upon arrival. 
  • All quotations and confirmations are based upon the information provided at the time of confirmation. It is incumbent upon the traveller/agent to ensure all details are correct. C Africa Safaris & Tours cc will accept no responsibility for any omissions once the traveller/agent has agreed to the final confirmation. 
  • We reserve the right to amend/increase the cost should there be an increase in fares, taxes, fuel surcharges, security taxes or any other unforeseen increases even following confirmation. 
  • We further reserve the right to amend/change the itinerary owing to circumstances beyond our control and to ensure the continued enjoyment of the travel program/itinerary Cancellation Policy:  
  • 60 – 45 Days prior to arrival date:       10 % cancellation fee 
  • 44 – 31 Days prior to arrival date:       15 % cancellation fee 
  • 30 – 15 Days prior to arrival date:       35 % cancellation fee 
  • 14 – 08 Days prior to arrival date:       50 % cancellation fee 
  • 07 – 01Days prior to arrival date:       75 % cancellation fee 
  • No shows:                                       90 % cancellation fee 
  •  Please note that all amendments and cancellations have to be received AND RECONFIRMED in writing by C Africa Safaris & Tours cc and Safaris. Our cancellation conditions will be strictly enforced in accordance with our standard terms and conditions. Guests can change or cancel the booking up to 61 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason. (Medical Documents required) For some accommodation/activity’s bookings, exclusions and penalties may apply.  Guests who cancel but submit a rebooking will receive a credit toward future travel valid only for a period of 12 Months, after which the Credit will be forfeited. Applicable price of new journey applies. Guest is responsible for insurance and other related costs. All other standard terms and conditions apply to the booking. 
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  • A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the full package/services quoted becomes due and payable upon confirmation of any reservation. Deposits can however be re-allocated once within a period of 12 months of the original Travel Date. 
  • Final balances become payable and must be received no later than 30 days prior to arrival. 
  • Where reservations are made within 30 Days of date of arrival, full payment is due within 72 hours of confirmation 
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  • A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the full package/services quoted becomes due and payable upon confirmation of any reservation. Deposits can however be re-allocated once within a period of 12 months of the original Travel Date. 
  • Final balances become payable and must be received no later than 30 days prior to arrival. 
  • Where reservations are made within 30 Days of date of arrival, full payment is due within 72 hours of confirmation 
  • Force majeure means unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of this company or the control of our suppliers, the consequence of which neither CAST nor its suppliers, could avoid even with all due care, including, but not limited to, war or threat of war; riot; civil strife; terrorist activity (actual or threatened); industrial dispute; technical problems with transport, machinery or equipment; outages or power failures; natural or nuclear disaster; fire, flood, drought or adverse weather conditions; pandemics, epidemics or outbreaks of illness. In the event of a cancellation or material alteration to the journey as a result of the circumstances as described in this section, CAST may in its sole discretion: 
  • offer the guest(s) alternative travel arrangements or products of comparable standard as may be appropriate in the circumstances. CAST will provide a travel credit (within a period of 12 months) to the guest equal to the value of the trip less any sums CAST is not able to recover from any supplier. 
  • Where supplier terms vary, we reserve the right to amend our cancellation and payments policy. This will be notified to you upon confirmation. 
  • In the event that payments are not received by C Africa Safaris & Tours cc on the due date, we reserve the right to cancel the booking in full and apply our cancellation policy in accordance with the above. 
  • Dietary requirements can only be accommodated if communicated at booking stage 
  • All outdoor excursions & tourist attractions and flights are weather permitting. 
  • Rates are subject to change due to NAD & ZAR currency fluctuation. 
  • No services are currently held. All services are strictly subject to availability at the time of booking. 
  • General check-in time at Establishments is 14h00 whilst check-out time is 11h00. 
  • Should clients need to carry medication, they should ensure that they have a doctor’s letter to prove that the drugs are medically necessary and for the personal use of the client. 
  • Hotel grading’s listed is based on grading allocation by the Namibian Tourism authorities and do not reflect the same standards as Europe. 
  • The accommodation is subject to availability at date of booking. We reserve the right to use alternative accommodation of similar or higher standard. 
  • Smoking is not permitted on board the touring vehicle. Comfort stops are included en route. 

Guest must sign an acknowledgement attesting to their fitness to travel and agreeing to comply with all health protocols as directed by CAST staff during their journey. Guest may not travel if they have tested positive for COVID-19, 14 days prior to departure; standard cancellation terms will apply. Guest must maintain adequate physical distancing and frequently wash or sanitize hands during their journey. Masks are required in vehicles (each guest needs to provide their own masks), indoor spaces, and any outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible and in accordance with local regulations. Noncompliance with these measures will result in not being able to continue on the journey. Guest voluntarily accepts all risks and related expenses in the event that they or any member of their travelling party require testing, quarantine or become infected with COVID-19. 

   

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