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3 Day Namib Desert Camping Tour & Safari

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A visit to one of the oldest desert in the world – the mighty Namib Desert. This desert tour takes you to one of the scenic highlights of the Namib – Sossusvlei. This clay pan, which occasionally fills with water, is enclosed by giant, red-coloured sand dunes, some of which reach a height of 300 metres. One of the most spectacular sights in Namibia, this sea of dunes offers wonderful photographic opportunities.

Itinerary Details

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Day 1 Windhoek to Sesriem/Sossusvlei

Stop At: Elim Dunes

Collection time is between 08:00 and 08:30 from your accommodation establishment within Windhoek. Windhoek is surrounded by mountains and we pass first over the Eros Mountains and then over the Khomas Hochland Range. As we come through the mountains we drop down from the central plateau to grassy desert savannah. We stop at Solitaire for petrol and perhaps also afternoon tea. We aim to arrive at Sesriem during the late afternoon. After setting up camp we will go on a short excursion to the nearby Elim sand dunes to enjoy the sunset over the dunes and watch the colours glow and change on the mountains before going back to camp for dinner.

Duration: 1 hour

Day 2 Sossusvlei

Stop At: Dune 45

Dune 45 is named for its proximity to Sesrium Gate. It is situated 45km from the gate, along a paved road and is easily reached using a 2×4 vehicle. Its fascinating shape and accessibility makes it the most photographed dune in the world. The dunes of the Namib Desert were created by sand carried by the wind from the coast of Namibia. The sand here is 5 million years old and is red in colour due to its iron oxide conten. As the lighting changes with the time of day, so does the appearance of the dunes’ characteristic colour, allowing for interesting photographs at any time.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Deadvlei

Close to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei is a clay pan characterized by dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. The pan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. However, the climate changed and the sand dunes encroached on the pan, blocking the river from reaching the area. The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old, however they have not decomposed due to the dry climate. Deadvlei is a paradise for photographers as the contrast between the pitch-black trees and bleached-white pans, and the rusty-red dunes and deep blue sky make for incredible images.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sesriem Canyon

Sesriem Canyon is located approximately 4.5km from the entrance gate of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The Tsauchab River has shaped the Canyon over millions of years and it is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. The early Afrikaans explorers in the region named the canyon after the fact that they had to use six (“ses”) leather straps (“riem”) tied together to create a rope long enough to lower buckets into the canyon below, in order to fetch water. We take a walk through the canyon. The canyon is narrow at places, however it is worth exploring due to the stunning rock formations that will captivate your attention.

Duration: 2 hour

Day 3 Sesriem to Windhoek

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Another early start this morning, after breakfast we pack up camp, load our wagon and head back to civilisation along the scenic road of the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range. A light picnic lunch along the way will be enjoyed, where we exchange our thoughts and highlights of this experience. We will arrive back in the city in the afternoon and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

Duration: 2 hour