Sossus Dune Lodge
Dune Chalet for 2 nights
Day 12 beings with about a 5 hour, but with the extraordinary payoff of arriving at Sossus. Once again we will either stop for lunch on route or arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. That afternoon, we will enjoy a sundowner drive with the lodge vehicles. The next morning, we will once again use the lodge vehicles for our first visit to the world-reknown Dead Vlei. This will require an early morning departure, to arrive before sunrise for the best possible photography. It will also require a short hike, so make sure to lighten your load! Mornings can be cold, so dressing in layers will be important. We will then have a bush breakfast and return to our camp. If time permits and the interest is there, we will visit the Sesirem Canyon as well.
Afernoon will be spent relaxing for our main objective, which will occur that evening when we will head back to the Dead Vlei to take capture sunset images.
Sossus lodge is built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, in an attractive ‘afro-village’ style, Sossus Dune Lodge offers guests an evocative and life changing experience. Situated within the park, guests benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and stay until after sunset, and on their return after an exhilarating day, relax in the tranquillity and splendour of the Namib Desert, under the spectacular African sky. Sossus Dune Lodge offers professional guided tours, fully unleashing the beauty and biological diversity of the desert environment to visitors, and offers the best beds in the desert. Please note: this is the best accommodation for visiting the famed Sossusvlei. Trips that do not include lodging at the Sossus Dune Lodge have a much, much longer drive to visit the vlei.
The Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at a height of 325 metres, the highest in the world. Only after a heavy rainfall, which is a rare event in this area, does the vlei fill with water. As the clay layers hardly allow any water infiltration, a turquoise lake will remain for quite some time. The Dead Pan is a large ghostly expanse of dried white Clay, punctuated by Skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees, about 600 years old. The dunes of the Namib Desert have developed over a period of many millions of years. It is thought that the vast quantities of sand were deposited into the Atlantic Ocean by the Orange River. This material was subsequently moved northwards by the Benguela current to be dumped back onto the land by the surf. The coastal dunes developed as a result of this and were shifted further and further inland by the wind. Wind continuously reshapes the patterns of the huge dunes of the Namib Desert. The last 5 km are only negotiable with 4×4 vehicles. There are 4×4 Shuttles available for rent if you don’t want to hike there.
Sossus Dune Lodge – Guided Night Drive Excursion to Sossusvlei – included
Departing with the lodge Guide an hour before sunset into the Park to set up and have a private tour until 8:00 pm depending on the season! An hour before the excursion ends we will need to leave the Park.
Activities included will be deadvlei, afternoon sundowner drive and night visit to deadvlei. Sossus-Dune-Lodge