Sorry! Due to lack of demand and client feedback, we no longer offer camping tours like this. If you are looking for an escorted camping tour in a small group with scheduled departures, we recommend contacting the reputable operators: Wild Dog Safaris or Blue Crane Safaris
The Sossusvlei Camping Tour is a scheduled guided tour departing every Tuesday morning from Windhoek returning late afternoon on Thursday.
This three-day tour is a fun and hassle-free way to visit Sossusvlei - the world's tallest dunes in the world's oldest desert. Ideal for a quick getaway after a business trip or volunteer programme, you can also link up this camping tour with other scheduled departures to Etosha, Fish River Canyon, Botswana and even as far as Victoria Falls. The combinations are almost endless with up to 23 days of camping adventure.
While this is a camping tour, almost no effort required on your part: all you need do is put up and take down your tent. The rest is managed by your tour guide and his or her camp assistant - no cleaning, no cooking, no shopping, no dealing with park officials. Just enjoying the scenery and your new-found friends.
Note: If camping's not your bag, you can upgrade to a lodge nearby.
Day 1 (Tuesday): Sossusvlei
You will be collected from your accommodation in Windhoek on Tuesday at around 8am to for the five-hour drive to Sossusvlei.
On the way: It may be five hours but it's a scenic drive over the Eros Mountains on the edge of Windhoek towards the Namib-Naukluft Park, one of the world's largest conservancies. Your route takes you over the Khomas Hochland range down the scenic Remhoogte Pass into the Namib Desert.
On the open plains of the world's oldest desert you will stop for refreshments in the quirky crossroads station of Solitaire where the strudels are legendary and the ice cold drinks divine. From Solitaire you head towards Sossusvlei with the Namib-Naukluft Range on your left and the ancient petrified dunes signalling the start of the incredible sand sea of the Namib.
When you're there: Arrive mid-afternoon in time to see the awesome spectacle of the Namib desert changing guard. From the searing heat haze of midday to the warm russet colours of sunset. Mountains turn purple, the swaying grass turns golden and the sky turns into a thousand shades of orange.
Day 2 (Wednesday): Sossusvlei
Don't have too much fun the previous night as you've got a pre-dawn start today. It takes up to an hour to reach the dunes and you need to catch the clear light of early morning to appreciate - and photograph - this incredible spectacle.
Walk the last 5km through the dunes to Deadvlei, the more picturesque of the two "vleis" (ancient mineral pans) with its 300-year old acacia trees, petrified into eerie shapes made all the more surreal by the total silence and your very obvious complete isolation. It feels like you've stepped back several epochs into a time before humans even walked the earth. Climb the Sossusvlei dune for a view across the Great Sand Sea and explore the area including a hike up the famous Dune 45 looking out for gemsbok, springbok and impala.
Back at camp by lunch you will take a short visit to Sesriem Canyon before enjoying yet another spectacular Namib desert sunset.
Accommodation: Either camping or, if you've upgraded, in one of three lodges within 90km of the park gate, dependent on availability.
Day 3 (Thursday): Windhoek
Leave after breakfast taking a different homeward route up the Gamsberg Pass with views of the Namib, thousands of metres below.
Arrive back in Windhoek around 4pm and your guide will drop you off at your accommodation.
Customers who enquire about this tour end up making many changes to the standard itinerary. Below are the most recent variations of this base tour booked by us for our clients. Have a look at their itineraries, see what changes they requested, what the final cost was and read what they have to say about their holidays.
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