3-day Sossusvlei Camping Tour

Sossusvlei Camping Tour
Sossusvlei Camping Tour

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

From US$364 pp (Our pricing)
3 days
Namibia, Sossusvlei, Windhoek
Professional driver/guide; camp assistant; 2 nights' accommodation; all camping equipment; meals; road transfers; park entrance fees

Tour Brief

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.

Detailed Itinerary

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.

Just Booked!

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.

Recent Reviews of This Tour

We don't have any reviews of this exact tour but here's what people have said about their holidays. If you want to read more reviews, visit our client comments section. If you would like to submit your own review please use the contact form on this page.

“Thanks for all your work putting together a holiday we truly loved”

We would like to commend the high service received from Namibian Tours and Safaris especially taking into account the short length of time you had to arrange this holiday for us. The recommendations and itinerary were ideal with the majority of our stay in each location being the right duration. The whole process of booking this holiday was hassle free and we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.

We would specifically like to thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work which resulted in a truly fabulous holiday for us. Also, it was great to meet up with you in Solitaire where you expressed so much love for your country and this was clearly mirrored in the schedule and service you presented to us allowing us to experience this fantastic country. It will not be the case of 'if' we return to Namibia, it is more the case of 'when' we will return as we enjoyed it so much.

Nik Stevenson, UK

“Edward did a super job”

A special mention for Edward he did a super job – vouchers and maps were with our car hire agency at the airport – book presentation of whole trip was clear, easy to follow and complete. He even gave us his mobile No in case we encounter some problems. Really to recommend as Tour Operator and will use them again next time.

Road – all went well and thanks to have recommended a 4Wheel Drive Car – due to rough road conditions we appreciated – you could do it with a normal car and met tourists with B type cars but they took much longer for the journeys – had more issues with flat tyres and most admitted next time they will take a 4Wheel Drive Car.

Would like to thank you for all your time spent and hard work to find best places, difficult tasks due to budget restrictions. I will recommend you and your agency whenever I can – actually already did in Joburg – hope brings you some new customers - and of course will come to you for my next trip this time to South Africa hopefully in 2012.

Germaine Comin, Switzerland

“Thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us”

Dear Wilmari,
Back home and I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us. I was especially pleased that for the accommodation with dinner all knew about my allergies and cooked accordingly. The Cheetah experience made my daughter very happy and they were so kind to not even charge me for taking pictures.

Highlight of our trip was the stay in Onguma The Fort and we are determined to return one day.

As pointed out before, the Namib Desert Lodge I cannot recommend to anybody (fined for driving on their property and below average dinner buffet) and also the Olivia Guesthouse was a letdown when it came to the food (lunch and breakfast).

I have posted some pictures on Flickr, maybe you want to have a look and I'm always happy to read comments.

Last but not least: Could you please send us the itinerary you prepared for us and we received at arrival electronically? Some of my friends are interested to book the same trip with you.

Dr Andreas Koester, USA
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