Sossusvlei

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What Regions or Countries to Combine

A Sossusvlei safari is best experienced as part of a bigger itinerary in Namibia and beyond. Accessible by air or overland, the clean-lined dunes of Sossusvlei contrast wonderfully with the craggy landscapes of Damaraland and the desert coast where Swakopmund’s Bavarian-inspired church towers peek out from the Atlantic fog. Game viewing destinations such as Etosha and even Botswana’s Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta can be added to the mix along with world wonder Victoria Falls – just ask us how.

Etosha National Park

Namibia’s heavyweight reserve has an international reputation for wildlife. Home to elephants, lions, cheetah and black rhino, Etosha’s arid winter sees dense concentrations of animals at water while its green summer is a time of antelope lambs and zebra foals, dazzling migrant birds and predators taking advantage of the bounty.

Damaraland

If you thought the Sossusvlei dunes were magnificent, wait until you see Damaraland. An area of almost impossible beauty, its rugged mountain ranges and golden plains seem to belong to another world but elephant and rhino live here and there are Bushman rock art sites and luxurious lodges hidden away. Highly recommended for honeymooners and nature photographers.

Cape Town

It’s only a 2.5hr flight between Windhoek and Cape Town so why not add Africa’s favourite city onto your Sossusvlei safari? Activities in Cape Town range from hiking and biking to shark-cage diving and paragliding, and you can visit Boulders Beach penguin colony and Cape Point too. It’s a perfect destination to explore by hire car and you can even extend your tour to the Whale Coast, Cape Winelands and Garden Route.

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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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