Silent sentinels of the Namib Desert, the giant dunes of Sossusvlei look out over a rolling ocean of sand. As the sun rises they change colour from purple to peach to orange – surreal backdrops to skeletal trees and bone-white saltpans. It’s a photographic feast, and if you look closely enough, animals appear – antelope, beetles, birds and lizards.
A Sossusvlei safari is the centrepiece of most Namibia tour itineraries, whether fly-in or overland. The region receives barely any rain all year, the malaria risk is negligible and the experience combines easily with Namibia’s other must-see destinations such as Etosha and Damaraland. And thanks to Namibia’s infrastructure, Sossusvlei can be included on a self-drive adventure.
There is no accommodation at the mighty dunes themselves but the area is home to lodges ranging from honeymoon hideaways to private family villas. Several welcome self-drivers. Some lodges are within an hour’s drive of Sossusvlei; others are set further away on private reserves. Besides tours of the dunes, guests enjoy activities ranging from game viewing and quad biking to hot-air balloon flights and hiking; at night you’ll sit down to star-gazing & fine food.
Browse our accommodation recommendations and list of packages that include Sossusvlei. We offer a range of tours that appeal to many traveller types – honeymoon, family, budget and exclusive-living – as well as self-drive tours with everything organised for you. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, simply contact us for a tailor-made itinerary.
If you are planning a self-drive safari, please note that although a 2-wheel drive vehicle will be fine for most of the road to Sossusvlei, a 4X4 is needed to go all the way. For travellers not on a tour and without 4-wheel drive, a 4X4 shuttle is available for the final few kilometres.