3 Day Sossusvlei Excursion from US$711,-pp

Sossusvlei is one of Namibia’s most spectacular landmarks with its red dunes, white salt pan and Deadvlei.

Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction.  The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.

Highlights:

Khomas Hochland, Spreetshoogte Pass, Solitaire, Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon; Nature drive on a private farm bordering the Namib Dune Belt

AccommodationDestinationRoom TypeDuration
Namib Naukluft LodgeSolitaire1x Double Room2 Nights

Price: US$711.- From January 6 to June 30, 2022, single supplement Us$50.-

US$737.- July 1 to Oct 31, 2022, single supplement US$50,-

US$737.- From July 1 to October 31, 2021, single supplement US$50.-

Price is per person, double room, daily departures, small group max 8.

Included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, 2 nights accommodation, transport in air-conditioned vehicles (with English-speaking driver only on the transfer), porterage, entrance fees and sightseeing as specified.

Excluded: Any service not specified.

Note: Maximum 8 persons per trip, departs daily. Add a day if you wish.

The Best Time to Visit

The dry season (June to October) is considered the best time to visit Namibia for wildlife sightings, especially in Etosha over July and August.

May’s mild climate makes it an ideal month in which to travel the country, offering more affordable accommodation with better availability. November is much the same, but the occasional showers occur as the rainy season approaches.

During low season (December to April), the rains can make some areas inaccessible and bring with them high humidity and soaring temperatures; this is, however, the best time to visit Namibia for birdwatching.

Day 1:            Namib Naukluft Lodge, Solitaire         

Namibia

Namibia posesses some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa, and a trip through the country is one of the great road adventures. Natural wonders such as that mighty gash in the earth at Fish River Canyon and the wildlife utopia of Etosha National Park enthrall, but it’s the lonely desert roads where mighty slabs of granite rise out of swirling desert sands that will sear themselves in your mind. It’s like a coffee-table book come to life as sand dunes in the world’s oldest desert meet the crashing rollers along the wild Atlantic coast. Among all this is a German legacy evident in the cuisine and art nouveau architecture, and in festivals such as Windhoek’s legendary Oktoberfest. Namibia is also the headquarters of adventure activities in the region, so whether you’re a dreamer or love hearing the crunch of earth under your boots, travel in Namibia will stay with you long after the desert vistas fade.

Sossuvlei dunes

Solitaire

Situated in the Khomas region of Central Namibia, the desert town of Solitaire serves as an oasis in the  Namib Desert. There is not much to do or see in the small village of Solitaire, but it nevertheless, it is an important stop on the way to the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei as it provides the only petrol station, general store and post office between Sossusvlei and Walvis Bay. Solitaire also has a small bar and is renowned for its famous apple pie- said to be the best in Namibia. Home to a luxury desert lodge, a motel and a campsite, visitors can easily find comfortable accommodation in Solitaire. Enjoy a scenic sundowner with views of the spectacular Namib desert, hike and bike through the unspoilt natural scenery and visit the local Cheetah Sanctuary.

Day Itinerary

You will be met at your hotel at approximately 14h00. Depart from Windhoek and travel to the Küpferberg Pass. We drive through cattle farm land and hilly landscapes with splendid views of fertile valleys. Our journey continues via the scenic and steep Spreetshoogte Pass. Enjoy an undisturbed view from the top of one of the steepest passes in Namibia! A comfort stop will be made at the small settlement of Solitaire, before continuing to the beautifully set private nature reserve, :NamNau Habitat, which hosts a variety of desert adapted game like Springbok, ostrich, earth wolf, bat-eared fox and many more.

Overnight: Namib Naukluft Lodge  or similar 

The Namib Desert – unique, with a variety of desert landscapes, gives Namibia its essential character. The Namib Naukluft Park is the largest Nature Reserve in Namibia and many private nature reserves are nestled at its borders to form a unity for wildlife and people alike. Namib Naukluft Lodge & Soft Adventure Camp is located on a unique 25,000 ha Private Nature Reserve which stretches from the Namib Desert to the Naukluft Mountains, bordering to the Namib Naukluft Park on both sides, East and West. This unique and peaceful place has been carefully developed by its nature loving owners Friedolf and Barbara Sturm and offers a great desert experience for the relaxed holidaymaker and the enthusiastic desert explorer.

Double Room

Double Room with en-suite Bathroom, Shower, WC, Private Veranda, Air Condition, Refrigerator, Direct Dialing Telephone.

Basis

Included

Dinner

Day 2:            Namib Naukluft Lodge, Solitaire         

Sossusvlei

dry earth in namibia

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei – Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei – other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean.  However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years.  During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes.  When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year.

Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive.

Day Itinerary

Enjoy early morning coffee and tea before departing for Sossusvlei, a fascinating world of ecology and unearthly geography. The route travels along the Tsauchab dry riverbed, which has found a way through the dunes until it reaches the vivid white clay saltpan, called Sossusvlei. After a good rainy season, approximately every 7-10 years, the Tsauchab River runs in full flood and fills the Vlei with water, offering sensational scenery with prolific birdlife. The early morning sun offers spectacular pastel colours in the star-shaped dunes. The first stop will be at Dune 45 before continuing to Sossusvlei. Climb one of the dunes – there are plenty – and you might be overwhelmed by the sight of the dynamic and living desert! Breakfast will be served as a picnic under one of the shady camel thorn trees. Afterwards, walk over patches of dunes until you reach the base of the ‘Dead Vlei’, another pan where water once flowed, but all that remains today are the skeletons of trees. Visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon join a guided nature drive to the ‘marble mountain’ (drinks for own account) or relax on your veranda and enjoy a spectacular sunset.

Basis

Included

B,L,D

Day 3:            End of Itinerary     

Day Itinerary

After a healthy breakfast, depart for Windhoek, travelling via the Remhoogte Pass, which boasts a variety of vegetation. It’s also possible to travel via the Spreetshoogte Pass, depending on weather and road conditions. Arrive in Windhoek at approximately 12h30

Basis

Included

Breakfast

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