Namibia - 3 Day - Sossusvlei Shuttle (Windhoek - Windhoek)
|Safari Type:||Scheduled Tour - Accommodated - Guided Safari|
|Duration:||3 Days / 2 Nights|
|Options:||Alternative Routings: Start in Windhoek/Swakopmund OR end in Swakopmund/Windhoek - Superior & Standard Tour Options|
Routing Highlights:Windhoek - Namib Naukluft Park - Sossusvlei - Sesriem Canyon - Spreetshoogte - Windhoek
This popular shuttle conveniently departs Windhoek on a daily basis to the world famous Namib Desert.
You can choose between this Superior or a Standard accommodation option.
Visit Sossusvlei with its monumentally high dunes, their sinuous crests and warm colours changing as the day waxes and wanes. These gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand, are a sought after topic for photographers with their warm tints ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red contrast with the large white pans at their bases. Sesriem Canyon where the erosion of many centuries has incised a narrow gorge, pools of water at its base is replenished after good rains.
Windhoek - Namib Desert
You will be met at your establishment in Windhoek just before 14h00 (during Namibian wintertime - 13h00). Depart from Windhoek and we’ll first pass the Kupferberg Pass. We drive along cattle farm land and see a few farmhouses along the way. The landscape is hilly and we can enjoy some nice views over fertile valleys. As we continue, the vegetation changes and the farmland is used for sheep and goat farming. We take the turn via the scenic and steep Spreetshoogte Pass. Enjoy an undisturbed view on top of one of the steepest passes in Namibia! From there we will continue on towards the Namib Desert stopping at the small settlement Solitaire and then on to the beautifully set Namib Naukluft Lodge & Soft Adventure Camp. Both establishments are located on the private nature reserve: NamNau Habitat, which hosts a variety of desert adapted game like Springbok, ostrich, earth wolf, bat-eared fox and many more.
Standard Option: Overnight with dinner, bed and breakfast at the Soft Adventure Camp.
Superior Option: Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Namib Naukluft Lodge.
Namib Desert - Namib Naukluft Park - Sossusvlei - Sesriem Canyon
An early morning rise with a snack before leaving enables you to arrive at Sesriem, the Namib Naukluft Park’s gate at around sunrise. The route leads along and also across the Tsauchab dry riverbed, which has found a way through the dunes until it reaches the clay pan - the Sossusvlei. After a good rainy season - about every 7 to 10 years - the Tsauchab River runs in full flood and fills the Vlei with water. For months it remains here and offers sensational scenery with a prolific birdlife. The early morning sun offers spectacular pastel colours in the star-shaped dunes. This is the highlight for the keen photographer. Your first stop will be at Dune 45 before we continue to the Sossusvlei. Climb one of the dunes - there are plenty - and you might be overwhelmed by the sight of the dynamic and living desert! (view the dunes in our gallery)
Breakfast will be served in form of a picnic under one of the shady camel thorn trees, before you continue to the base of the ‘Dead Vlei’. It is quite a walk over patches of dunes that are crossing your way. When you arrive you will be paid off for your efforts - the scenery is awesome! We will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a 30 metre deep rift, before we return to our base Namib Naukluft Lodge and the Soft Adventure Camp for a late lunch.
During the late afternoon a sundowner-drive to the natural marble mountains on this 25,000 hectare private nature reserve is included.
Standard Option: Overnight with full board at the Soft Adventure Camp.
Superior Option: Overnight with full board at Namib Naukluft Lodge
Namib Desert - Windhoek
Departure at 09:00 (during Namibia’s wintertime - departure from the lodge / camp at 08:00) and return to Windhoek via the Remhoogte Pass, which boasts with a variety of vegetation (it is possible to return via Spreetshoogte Pass - depending on weather and road conditions) and arrive in Windhoek at around 12:30.
This tour is available in two Options - SUPERIOR & STANDARD
SUPERIOR OPTION - Namib Naukluft Lodge caters for the individual holidaymaker. Its architectural design allows unity with nature: backed by impressive granite hills, which are granting a natural protection against the East winds. Enjoy the stunning view onto the open plains from every room and the main veranda. Feel at home and check-into your en-suite, stylishly furnished room with inside and outdoor seating, air-conditioning, private veranda, refrigerator and direct dial telephone. The main building offers a comfortable lounge exhibiting local décor items as well as original paintings, prints and hand-woven carpets from local artists.
STANDARD OPTION - The Soft Adventure Camp has been designed for the nature loving visitor, who wants to experience the undisturbed Namib Desert, without using all the facilities and luxuries of a lodge. The camp is located in the outcrops of the granite hill, and each one of the 15 chalets is individually placed in order to keep the open view onto the plains of the savannah. These fixed structures with canvas partitions offer a spacious interior with en-suite facilities, giving you the feeling of a rustic, close to nature tented camp. Its communal boma offers the facilities of an interactive kitchen, where the preparation for food can be arranged or self-organized.
Add a Night - One additional day/night is ideal for unwinding. Enjoy the peacefulness of the desert, the uninterrupted view over the open plains, go for a nice walk in the mountains or just relax at the swimming pool.
Hot Air Balloon Safari at Sossusvlei -
At sunrise, in the world’s oldest desert, witness a spectacular hot air balloon inflation, and set out on the flight of a lifetime. ..
From the best platform, in the most romantic way, soar with the winds for an hour, over the oceans of sand and mountains, endless vistas of shadows and lights. Your destination? The Sossusvlei dunes or the splendour of the desert.
At landing, you come back to earth with an “Out Of Africa” style Champagne breakfast set up in the middle of nowhere.
Your pilot will present you with a flight certificate before you take a leisurely nature drive back to the pick-up point.
It is an experience like no other, the experience of a lifetime!
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