Holidays to Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert

With holidays to Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert discover some of Namibia's most famous scenery. Part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, a sea of endless sand dunes greets you at Sossusvlei: the most visually stunning part of the ancient Namib Desert. Famous for its towering red dunes, the highest of which is estimated to reach almost 325m, walk along their winding crests and reach the top for rewarding views. The most beautiful vistas are found early in the morning and late in the afternoon when light and shadow add a more three-dimensional appearance of the landscape. Visit the curious Deadvlei, once an oasis, now a barren clay pan scattered with dead, blackened acacia trees. Even in this most inhospitable environment you will see some wildlife in the area, with ostrich and oryx appearing during the day while the elusive aardvark will occasionally be seen at night.

Dune dining at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Game drive by Dana Allen on holidays to Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert Sossusvlei Dune Lodge landscape

Sossusvlei And Namib Desert Highlights

  • Iconic towering red sand dunes, the highest in the world at over 300m.
  • The sprawling Sesriem Canyon
  • Climb Dune 45 to watch the sun rise over the Namib desert
  • The dead, black trees of the Deadvlei
  • Hot air balloon rides over the desert
  • Incredible photo opportunities thanks to the rich colours of the desert and varied terrain.
  • The best apple pie in Namibia at the Solitaire Bakery
  • NamibRand's stunning scenery, ranging from sand dunes to the Nubib Mountains, and conservation initiatives

Nearby Sossusvlei is Sesriem, a small settlement ideal for topping up with supplies and known for the Sesriem gate, which acts as the main entrance to the National Park and Sossusvlei. The Sesriem Canyon is its most famous attraction however; a natural gorge about a kilometre long and up to 30 metres deep. The area is a photographers dream and can be explored from the air with hot air balloon rides, while on the ground experience the landscape via quad bikes and game drives.

Bordering the Namib-Naukluft National Park and Sossusvlei's famous dunes, the NamibRand Nature Reserve is waiting to be explored. Aiming to conserve the wildlife of the south-west Namib Desert, the area is rife with unique biodiversity. Practicing low impact ecotourism, if you stay in any of the tourism concessions at NamibRand then the proceeds go straight back into conserving the area. At a sprawling 202,200 hectares scenery inside the reserve encompasses practically every nuance the Namib Desert has to offer: ranging from rising mountain ranges to vast sand plains and patches of savannah. Enjoy guided drives into the soaring peaks of the Nubib Mountains, thrilling hot air balloon rides and incredible stargazing.

Selected Sossusvlei And Namib Desert Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Sossusvlei And Namib Desert

All Namibia Itineraries
Himba Women - Photo by Dana Allen for Wilderness Safaris

Wonders of Namibia and Botswana

Cost Per Person
From $9,790 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Etosha & Surrounds, Damaraland, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Maun

Luxury Namibia Train Journey

Cost Per Person
From $5,140 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Africa
Etosha & Surrounds, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Pretoria

Sossusvlei And Namib Desert Accommmodation

All Namibia accommodations
  • Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
    Pool and exterior

    Delivering fantastic views with floor to ceiling windows, step out onto your veranda and marvel at the Namib Desert's magnificent scenery. The stone and glass villas are well-appointed while activities are exciting, with scenic flights and quad biking.

  • Desert Quiver Camp
    camp with boulders

    A unique and stylish lodge a short distance from the main entrance to the Namib-Naukluft National Park, and Namibia's famous sand dunes. This lodge has comfortable and modern twin bedded self catering units, bar area and beautiful swimming pool.

  • Kulala Desert Lodge
    Tent exterior

    With the vast Namib Desert as a backdrop, this stunning lodge is set in its own 37,000 hectare reserve and offers excellent accommodation and a range of fantastic activities.

  • Little Kulala
    Kulala interior

    A luxury desert retreat set on the sprawling 37 000-hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, stay in air conditioned rooms with verandas and plunge pools and explore the dramatic surrounds with exciting activities.

  • Wolwedans Boulders Camp

    Boulders Camp is the most exclusive camp in the Wolwedans collection offering a classic safari experience. Recommended for a two night stay, its ideally booked in combination with one or two nights at any of the other camps in the dunes.

  • Wolwedans Dunes Camp
    Dune camp  - bar

    Wolwedans Dune Camp is a small and intimate camp in the heart of the Namib Desert offering superb guiding, friendly staff and breathtaking scenery.

  • Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

    Set in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, explore the world's oldest desert, unwind in spacious and comfortable chalets, take a dip in the swiming pool and embark on scenic flights, hot air balloon rides and nature drives.

  • Wolwedans Private Camp

    The ultimate desert getaway for honeymooners or those just seeking total solitude in one of Africa's most breathtaking locations. You will have exclusive use of this camp and the staff will cater to your every whim.

  • Desert Camp
    Desert camp - main building sunset

    Desert Camp is a self-catering camp located very close to the Sossusvlei sand dunes and offering outstanding views.

  • Hoodia Desert Lodge
    Aerial view of the lodge

    Backed by endless plains, Hoodia Desert Loge is based at the foot of the Namib-Naukluft Mountains overlooking the Tsauchab River. Its a 20 minute drive from here to the Sossusvlei sand dunes.

  • Namib Desert Lodge
    Namib-Desert-Lodge - pool

    Backed by magnificent fossilised dunes, Namib Desert Lodge is an good value and comfortable lodge providing a base from which to explore Sossusvlei.

  • Sossus Dune Lodge
    Sossus - balloon

    Sossus Dune Lodge has the privilege of being the only lodge within the Namib-Naukluft National Park making it the most accessible location to view the Sossusvlei Dunes.

  • Sossusvlei Lodge

    Sleep under canvas and enjoy stunning views from this excellent property; a superb gateway to Sossusvlei and the Sesriem Canyon, with all manner of activities from the Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre.

  • The Desert Homestead
    Desert Homestead pool

    Found in a wide valley, embark on adventures into the Namib Desert from The Desert Homestead. Enjoy spectacular views, traditional stone and thatch chalets and a number of activities.