Take a journey to the desert in the dunes of Namibia

Discover one of the most incredible landscapes in Namibia when you pay a visit to the barren dunes of Soussusvlei. Explore the area by 4X4 and then take a walk around on foot. Climb the dunes for panoramic views and spend two nights in comfort at the edge of the desert plains. Spend some time exploring the city streets of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, as the start and finish point of your journey.


Start
Windhoek, Namibia
Finish
Windhoek, Namibia
Country
Namibia
Style
Comfort
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
UBAS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Get acquainted with the capital of Namibia in Windhoek

  • Stand atop the huge ‘Big Daddy’ sand dune after a desert hike

  • Relax in your accommodation on the edge of the desert in Sesriem or Solitaire

  • Visit the renowned Dead vlei and Sossusvlei ancient lakebeds in the middle of the desert with scattered skeleton camel thorn trees dating back over 1,000 years.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This itinerary starts and finishes in Windhoek and includes 2 long travel days.

  • This is one of our Short Breaks and is slightly different to our group tours. There is no group leader but rather a local guide with the idea being that you maintain a level of independence during down time. You'll most likely travel on a join-in basis, which means you may or may not be joined by others for activities and transportation, depending on demand.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

This Shortbreak adventure begins at 8am today.
You will be collected from The Roof of Africa Hotel by your driver/guide and head towards the Namib Desert region. The drive today is approximately 300km and we should arrive at accommodation early this afternoon.
The Namib Desert region is famous for its vase dune fields, the most spectacular of which are found near Sesriem Canyon. The canyon was formed when the Tsauchab River carved a gorge 30 m deep into the gravel deposits, about 15 million years ago. It is thought that this river once flowed to the Atlantic Ocean but its course was blocked by the encroaching sand dunes. Now the river flows out to the dune fields that stretch for hundreds of miles up the coast, and dries up in a clay pan at Sossusvlei.

The dunes are stunning, with magnificent red/orange tones from the brightly coloured sands. They are in fact the highest in the world and are home to a plethora of animal life. The sight of the graceful oryx wandering along the base of these massive dunes is beautiful to see.
Our accommodation for the next 2 nights is a unique but comfortable guest farm located between Sesriem and Solitiare.
Lodge rooms have ensuite facilities and the property has a pool, restaurant and bar.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
The most famous part of the Namib Desert is its vast dune fields, the most spectacular of which are found near the Sesriem Canyon. This canyon was formed when the Tsauchab River carved a gorge 30 metres into the gravel deposits about 15 million years ago. It's thought that this river once flowed to the Atlantic Ocean but its course was blocked by the encroaching sand dunes. Now the river flows out to the dune fields that stretch for hundreds of miles up the coast, and dries up in a clay pan at Sossusvlei. The dunes are stunning, with magnificent red/orange tones from the brightly coloured sands. They are the highest in the world and home to a plethora of animal life.
Venture into the heart of the Namib where there's an opportunity to explore the dunes on foot, enjoying a fascinating desert walk around the scenic sandy desert surroundings.

Also visit the renowned Dead vlei and Sossusvlei ancient lakebeds in the middle of the desert with scattered skeleton camel thorn trees dating back over 1,000 years.
We then return to our Lodge for the night.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • 4x4 Sossusvlei Dunes Visit
  • Sesriem - Sesriem Canyon
  • Dead Vlei
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
The old German colonial town of Windhoek has been blended into a modern city. The German architecture of the older buildings lends the town a historic atmosphere. Good examples of this German architecture can be seen in a number of buildings but the best are the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus.
No accommodation is provided for tonight, but we are able to book you additional accommodation in Windhoek. Please ask at time of booking.
For those of you staying on, there's plenty to see and do in and around Windhoek. Take a stroll around the town and visit some of its museums or perhaps take a township tour.
Today we make our way back to Windhoek where you will be dropped back at The Roof of Africa Hotel this afternoon. Please do not book any flights departing before 4pm this afternoon,
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle

Accommodation

Lodge (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • 4x4 Sossusvlei Dunes Visit
  • Sesriem - Sesriem Canyon
  • Dead Vlei

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Important notes

1. This trip departs early in the morning on day 1 and it is strongly recommended that you arrive at least one day prior.
2. This trip finishes upon arrival in Windhoek on Day 3. Please do not book any flights until after 4pm this afternoon.

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