3 Day Sossusvlei Desert Camping Tour

Experience the breath-taking beauty of the world’s oldest desert in Namibia while exploring the regions of Sesriem and Sossusvlei with their distinctive and sparkling sandy vistas.

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  • Duration: 3 Days
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What’s included

  • Transfers in a specialised tour vehicle
  • Meals specified in the itinerary
  • Tea and coffee in camp
  • All camping equipment
  • Park entrance fees
  • Camping fees
  • Professional guide
  • Camp assistant
  • Pick up and drop off from accommodation in Windhoek


You’ll get the chance to climb the world’s highest sand dunes which are impressive golden-red giants developed over centuries by the desert wind.  

Our catered camping trip allows you to fully indulge in the pristine serenity of the desert and enjoy outstanding sightings as Namibia’s wildlife cross the expansive reaches, silhouetted by camel thorn trees and distant mountains. 

You can combine this tour with our 7-day Northern Adventure Tour or include the Okavango Delta and thundering Victoria Falls by combining your tour with our 9-day Delta and Falls Safari Tour. These combos provide you with an unforgettable African experience.


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SESRIEM CAMPSITE ǀ Accommodation in Sossusvlei, Namibia

Conveniently located right next to the main Sossusvlei entrance gate, Sesriem Campsite immerses you in the singular beauty of the Namib Desert. From the camp, watch the towering dunes glowing in the deepening red of the setting sun and relax around the campfire beneath an endless canvas of sparkling stars.

The camp is situated close to the Sesriem Canyon with its winding, wide rock passageways which you can explore on foot. It’s also close to the arresting ancient salt pans of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei.


DAY 1: WINDHOEK - SOSSUSVLEI (approximately 350 kilometres)

We collect you at your accommodation in Windhoek between 08h00 and 08h30 and head south-west for the Eros Mountains, passing through picturesque landscape along the way. We cross the Naukluft Mountains whose ancient rock formations are an important part of Namibia’s geological history. 

We descend Namibia’s central plateau along the scenic Remhoogte Pass after which the landscape opens up onto wide plains and savannah grassland. Passing the small, charming town of Solitaire, we cross some of Namibia’s agricultural reaches until the land suddenly transitions into the dramatic and arresting dune fields of the Namib Desert.

We arrive at Sesriem campsite in the late afternoon, just as the setting sun begins to illuminate the eastern mountains in soft dabs of red and gold. Enjoy a delicious dinner at the campfire before settling in for a good night’s sleep in the restful beauty of the Desert night, lulled by the lullaby of the desert barking gecko and the distant cries of the jackal.

Overnight in a safari tent at Sesriem Campsite.

Includes: Lunch and dinner



We head out at dawn as the sunrise breaks gently over the silent desert. We enter through the gate at Sesriem, drive to the centre of the dune field and go on a 5-kilometre hike through the dunes to Sossusvlei.

At Sossusvlei, you will encounter the majestic red sand dunes of the Namib Desert which is truly a photographer’s paradise. Some of the wonderful sights at Sossusvlei include Dune 45, Hidden Vlei, Big Daddy and Dead Vlei and the Sesriem Canyon.

We explore Dune 45, so named for its location 45 kilometres from the town of Sesriem, with graceful gradient offering a kinder climb than the imposing Big Daddy.

At Dead Vlei, the highlight is the remarkable silhouettes of the shadow-black and ancient acacias against the dunes, a startling landscape which was formed by the redirected river route which once fed a flourishing oasis. The dry desert climate meant that the acacias never decomposed, leaving a dry shimmering pan held in the watchful guardianship of these ancient trees. 

We return to Sesriem for lunch and relaxation to escape the mid-day heat. As the day begins to cool, we head out to explore Sesriem Canyon which consists of beautiful rock passages carved over time by the meandering Tsauchab River.

Return to camp for another glorious starlit dinner.

Overnight in a safari tent at Sesriem Campsite.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 3: SESRIEM - WINDHOEK (approximately 450 km)

Enjoy a hearty camp breakfast before we depart for the return journey to Windhoek. This time we take a different road across the great Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range. 

Expect to arrive in Windhoek in the late afternoon or early evening. Your guide drops you off at your accommodation in Windhoek.

Includes: Breakfast

What’s excluded

  • Sleeping bag (can be hired)
  • Pillow
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks and bottled water
  • Accommodation in Windhoek
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal purchases
  • Visa fee, if required

Important information


Collect in Windhoek: Between 08h00 and 08h30 (within city limits)

Drop off in Windhoek: Late afternoon/early evening (within city limits)


2 nights/ 3 days

Please note

Guests are required to share with another traveler of the same gender. 

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