Exploring the Sand Dunes of Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei is a beautiful, wild, and romantic spot unlike any other-the scenic bed of a seasonal lake that is surrounded by what are reputed to be the highest shifting sand dunes in the world (more than a thousand feet tall!). You'll awake early and climb up onto the dunes as they start to glow under the soft morning light-a photographer's dream!-then return to camp and spend the afternoon taking in the desert scenery and the unique flora and fauna. A highlight is a hot air balloon flight over the desert for startling bird's-eye-views of the amazing landscape. Stay in a wilderness camp featuring thatched chalets on raised decks with en suite bathrooms, wraparound verandas, and individual plunge pools.
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Easy wildlife viewing by vehicle, nature walks
- Explore some of the highest sand dunes in the world!
Duration: 4 days Start Location: Windhoek End Location: WindhoekDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Windhoek - Sossusvlei
Fly from Windhoek, Namibia, to Sossusvlei, scenic bed of a seasonal lake that is surrounded by thousand-foot-high sand dunes. Your accommodation is at Little Kulala Camp, in a prime location of the Kulala Wilderness Reserve; or Desert Kulala Camp, situated on a private reserve just 12 miles from the park entrance to the dunes. No matter in which direction you face, there are magnificent views: to the west are the dunes, to the east is a rugged mountain escarpment, to the north and east are grassy plains. Activities at camp include early morning guided game drives to the dunes, nature drives and walks on the private reserve, excursions into the mountains, and early morning ballooning (at optional cost of $450 per person).
INCLUDED MEALS: Dinner
LODGING: Kulala Desert Lodge - Sossusvlei Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Namibia
Day 2 : Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei is a beautiful, wild, and romantic spot unlike any other. We awake very early and travel westalong the Tsauchab River bed to the towering dunes surrounding Sossusvlei. This is certainly one of the best times to visit the dunes, as they start to glow under the soft light. We hike through acacia woods and then climb high onto the dunes for spectacular views of the surrounding desertscape. Return to camp and spend the afternoon taking in the desert scenery and its unique flora and fauna. A sunset drive is available.
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 3 : Sossusvlei
Another day to enjoy the beauty of Sossusvlei. You may wish to take an early morning hot air balloon flight (not included in the Land Cost), or participate in other activities, including nature walks and game drives, or simply relax at camp.
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 4 : Depart
Transfer to the airstrip and fly back to Windhoek.
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
DATES: Best time to go: Year round Departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.
2011 Private Adventure Prices
Kulala Desert LodgeSossusvlei Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Namibia
Kulala literally means "to sleep" in Oshiwambo. 15 raised thatch-and-canvas kulalas with en-suite bathrooms and private verandas are situated close to the iconic red dunes, plus a lounge, pool, and veranda overlooking a waterhole.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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