Sossusvlei & the Namib-Naukluft Park

P roclaimed in 1979, the Namib-Naukluft Park is an amalgamation of several areas into one integrated reserve. It is the largest conservation area in the country and home to one of Namibia’s top tourist attractions, the legendary Sossusvlei, a spectacular white pan surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes in the world.

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  • Sossusvlei is Namibia’s second-most popular tourist attraction
  • The dunes at Sossusvlei are up to 325 metres high
  • The Namib-Naukluft Park is home to the famous Welwitschia mirabilis
  • The Naukluft Mountain massif is a geologists’ paradise
  • The Sandwich Harbour Lagoon is fed by fresh water seeping from an inland aquifer

ACTIVITIES & ADVENTURES

  • Take on Dune 45 or Big Daddy and marvel at the beauty of Sossusvlei from a higher vantage point
  • Hike through NamibRand, Namibia’s largest private nature reserve
  • Explore the natural wonders of the Namib-Naukluft Park
  • Learn about dune flora and fauna at Gobabeb
  • Enjoy the wonders of stargazing under the magnificent African night sky
  • Take a balloon ride over the dunes of Sossusvlei at sunrise

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Sossusvlei & the Namib-Naukluft Park

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Sossusvlei & the Namib-Naukluft Park

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Accommodation in the Area


Desert Camp

Desert Camp is situated only 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Naukluft Park. Nestled under centuries old thorn […]

Desert Homestead Lodge

The Desert Homestead lies three kilometers north-west of the C19 and D854 roads junction, approximately 32km south-east of Sesriem. The wide grassy valley is sheltered by […]

Desert Homestead Outpost

The Desert Homestead Outpost is situated 30 km south-east of Sesriem, the entrance to the Namib-Naukluft National Park, on a private nature reserve bordering the Unesco […]

Desert Quiver Camp

Desert Quiver Camp uniquely combines modern self-catering accommodation with comfort and style. Conveniently located a mere 5km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei, the inspiring scenery […]

Duwisib Castle

Replete with history and romance, Duwisib Castle is an ideal stopover for visitor's en route to the south of Namibia. It is a historical site and […]

Hammerstein Lodge

A lodge with an old African feel One of the first rest camps to grace the surroundings after independence, Hammerstein opened in 1992 with five bungalows […]

Journeys Namibia

Into the wild... Discover beauty in remote locations. Journeys Namibia is a reputable management company that takes the strain off lodge owners by taking care of […]

Kanaan N/a’an ku se Desert Retreat

This enchanting reserve borders the Namib-Naukluft Park with its breathtakingly photogenic dune belt to the west and Tiras Mountains to the east. Kanaan N/a'an ku se […]

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge boasts magnificent views of the famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei, breathtaking mountain scenery and vast open plains. Set in the 37 000-hectare Kulala […]

Little Kulala

Little Kulala is a luxurious desert retreat situated in the private 27 000 ha Kulala Wilderness Reserve - the gateway to Namibia's Sand Sea with its […]

Naukluft Camp

The Naukluft section of the park was created to serve as a sanctuary for Hartmann's mountain zebra, which are endemic to Namibia. Other wildlife includes kudu, […]

Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate

This unique winery is set on the edge of the Namib Desert in the foothills of the majestic Naukluft Mountains. Only an exclusive amount of bottles […]

Sesriem Campsite

At the entry to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length. At the foot of […]

Sossus Dune Lodge

Sossus Dune Lodge is NWR's first exclusive lodge in the Namib Naukluft Park. Built primarily from wood, canvas and thatch in an attractive 'Afro-village' style, Sossus […]

Sossus Oasis Campsite

Perfectly positioned at the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem, the Sossus Oasis Campsite offers 12 individually shaded sites, each equipped with its own toilet and […]

Sossusvlei Lodge

Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, […]

Wolwedans Boulders Safari Camp

Situated about 45 kilometers south of Wolwedans and hugged by massive granite rocks, Boulders Camp is the southernmost of all the Wolwedans Collection. Sleeping a maximum […]

Wolwedans Collection

Wolwedans nestles into the dunes, set against a backdrop of extraordinary natural beauty. Located in the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, the camps provide the […]

Wolwedans Dune Camp

Positioned on the edge of a 250-metre high dune, the Dune Camp sleeps a maximum of 12 guests in a totally unspoilt setting. Guests stay in […]

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions and capturing the beauty of the desert in a […]

Wolwedans Private Camp

Situated in a quiet and idyllic valley, this splendid suite caters exclusively for six guests.  It is the perfect getaway for honeymooners or individuals seeking uncompromising […]

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