Classic Namibia Holiday
Taking in the highlights of this amazing destination, this is the perfect itinerary for your first crack at a self-drive safari.
Famous for its orange sand dunes and white salt pans, Sossusvlei is undoubtedly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction.
Located in the southern part of the Namib Desert in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei and the surrounding area is a must visit destination on any Namibian itinerary.
There are a number of attractions in the Sossusvlei area to explore, including Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Big Daddy and Deadvlei.
Dune 45 is probably the most photographed sand dune in Sossusvlei. It is named after its location which is 45km from Sesriem Gate, the main access point to the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
You’re allowed to climb Dune 45 – it is a fairly tough hike to the top, but the views are worth it! We recommend climbing this iconic dune early in the morning to watch sunrise, and before temperatures become too hot later in the day.
The vast plains of Deadvlei are scattered with skeleton trees where a rushing river once flowed. This natural wonder is one of Namibia’s most beautiful sights - no small feat in a country known for its incredible landscapes.
With its orange sand dunes, grey clay riverbed, and cobalt blue skies, Deadvlei is one of the most photographed locations in Namibia!
Sossusvlei can be visited year-round, however the best time is during the cooler winter months from late March to October when the air is clear of dust and you get a striking contrast of the cloudless blue skies with the bright orange sand dunes. Daytime temperatures are moderate (average 20°C -23°C), however the nights are quite cold (5°C or possibly even). The summer months from November to early March can get very hot – if you’re visiting at this time you should ensure that you wear a hat, apply sunscreen and carry water at all times.
The best time of day for sightseeing at Sossusvlei and the surrounding area is early morning (the park opens at 6am) as this is the perfect time to capture the sunlight on the dunes.
Our recommended accommodation in the Sossusvlei area is Kulala Camp. This luxurious lodge, set in the Kulula Wilderness Reserve, features 11 thatched “kulalas” each with a private plunge pool. Guests are taken on guided drives to the Sossusvlei dunes through a private gate, whilst nature drives, guided walks and sundowner tours are offered within the reserve. You can also enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon flight, with a champagne breakfast upon landing!