Holidays to Sossusvlei

Holidays to Sossusvlei

With its looming red dunes and otherworldly landscapes in the southern part of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei is Namibia’s most popular tourist destination. Travellers come to see climb the dunes and watch the sands change colour from red to orange to pink. And yet, the remoteness of this vast area can make it feel like you’re sharing it with only a few other people – undoubtedly true when staying at one of the luxury camps or lodges. We’ve handpicked our favourites where you can expect private plunge pools, outdoor star beds, personal butlers and flights into private airstrips. Our Africa Travel Experts recommend including a trip into Sossusvlei as part of your wider holiday to Namibia – and they’re just a phone call away to help plan your tailor-made itinerary or do-it-yourself fly drive.

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Sossusvlei Travel Information

There are indirect flights to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. From there you’ll need to hire a car and drive.
  • Currency: Namibian Dollar 
  • Time difference: GMT +2 
  • Flight from UK: 15 hours plus drive time 
  • Visa: None for UK passport holders 
  • Language: English 
  • National drink: Windhoek Lager or Camelthorn beer 
  • National dish: Pap, made out of maize meal
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Sossusvlei Activities


You’re in the desert, so what should you do? Climb the dunes of course! One of the most famous, easily accessible and photographed is Dune 45 but there are plenty of others to scramble up and down. For an aerial view, take to the skies on a hot air balloon ride – we think adding on a champagne breakfast puts the experience over the top! There’s also eco-sensitive quad biking and guided drives or walks to spot desert-adapted wildlife.

Sossusvlei Food & Drink


In the middle of the Nambi Desert, dining options and local cuisine is a little on the scarce side in Sossusvlei. You’ll find that many of the camps and lodges operate on an All Inclusive basis, providing you with three meals every day. Dining is often done by lantern or even starlight with sundowners round the boma, delicious braais (barbeques) in the evenings and picnic lunches put together while out on game drives.

Sossusvlei Attractions


Surreal, otherworldly, lunar-like… all describe the white clay pan of Dead Vlei. Surrounded by dunes, the cracked white earth contrasts with the dark 900-year-old camel thorn trees. Lesser-visited but no less Instagram-worthy is Hidden Vlei, head here for a little more solitude. And if you have extra time on your trip into Sossusvlei, we recommend stopping off at Sesriem Canayon, an 18-million-year-old gorge that is one of the few places on earth to hold water year-round.

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