Sossusvlei

Itinerary Ideas

Scenic Destination & Desert Wildlife

Travellers with limited time have the option of a stand-alone Sossusvlei safari. There are short fly-in tours to the Sossusvlei dunes from Windhoek. Two or three nights at one of our selected lodges is recommended.

But for travellers with more time, a Sossusvlei safari is just one of the highlights of a Namibia itinerary. The Sossusvlei dunes lie in the Namib Desert and all roads lead to Swakopmund, perched on the Atlantic coast and jumping off point for the Skeleton Coast and Damaraland, two of Namibia’s most scenic destinations and home to a surprising wealth of wildlife including desert-adapted elephant and black rhino.

It’s Etosha National Park that delivers the best game viewing in Namibia however. We’ve made sure that this famous big game destination features highly on our recommended tours. It’s even possible to combine Victoria Falls with a Sossusvlei safari – browse our range of fly-in and self-drive tours below or contact us for a tailor-made itinerary.

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What To Do

Activities to Look Forward to

1. Visit the Dunes

Sossusvlei’s dramatic dunes are best seen at dawn; their sweeping shapes & shifting colours make for fantastic photography. Kick off your shoes at Dune 45 & walk to the top for sunrise over the Namib.

2. Fly High

Whether it’s by light aircraft or hot-air balloon, a flight over Sossusvlei is the best way to grasp the scale of this ocean of red sand. Dawn balloon safaris end with a champagne breakfast!

3. Discover the Wildlife

Expert guides reveal what lies just out of sight; jackals in the shade, hidden birds & secretive reptiles plus bizarre plants. Several lodges lie on private reserves, adding antelope, zebra, hyena & ostrich to the list.

4. Sit Back & Stargaze

The night skies above the Namib deliver world-class stargazing. There’s no light pollution, barely a sound & the stars stretch between the horizons. Some lodges have telescopes & ‘star guides’ to steer you through the cosmos.

5. Hike, Bike or Ride

Lodges on private reserves offer opportunities to lace up your hiking boots or settle back & let horse power do the rest: with reins & saddle or from behind the handlebars of a quad bike.

6. Visit Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei

World-famous Sossusvlei is the name of an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous sand dunes that flush red in the early morning sun. Dead Vlei, another pan where water once flowed, but now all that remains are the skeletons of trees reach up out of the cracked earth.

7. Sleep under starry skies

Sleep out under the starry starry skies of the Namib and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa on the roof or your unit. The Namib is known for its clear night skies, and with no light pollution it is the ideal spot to enjoy the stars and planets.

8. Search for Critters

After dark, another realm of the Namib Desert awakes. Night walks around the lodges reveal some of these captivating critters such as dancing white lady spiders and scorpions which fluoresce under UV lights.

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