Namib Desert activities include ballooning over the Sossusvlei dunes, walking through Sesriem Canyon, climbing Dune 45, visiting black dead trees at Dead Vlei during a guided Namib Desert walk.
Hike up Dune 45 for sunrise
Climb up the famous Dune 45 at sunrise. This dune reaches about 300 metres in the dark Namibian night sky
. It is absolutely worth your while to make your way up to the top. But it's not as easy as it looks from the bottom. The dune is tricky and only shows you where its real peak is after you made half your way.
Only then you will see that this sand mountain is twice as high as you can see from the ground. Finally on top, a stunning and almost unreal view
will be revealed to you. How can a day start any better than this?
Guided Desert Walk in Sossusvlei/Dead Vlei
Nature and animal lovers will never forget this amazing opportunity. Go on a guided desert walk in Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Park your car near Dune 45. An experienced ranger will fetch you in a 4x4
for an exciting day in the world's highest sand dunes.
Explore this vast area full of sand. Spot interesting little creatures
, learn about the way of life of the San (bushmen), take pictures of living and dead trees in the sand and roll down some dunes. This is a fun and informative activity in the heat of the Namib Desert.
Sesriem Canyon Walk
Depending on the time you arrive at Sesriem Canyon, go for a walk on the ground along the sedimentary rock. Sometimes the canyon is completely filled with water from the Tsauchab River. In the dry days there are only some small pools or puddles.
Enjoy small caves and strange looking rock formations. A walk in Sesriem Canyon will take you back in time for about 15 to 18 million of years. This is great for visitors interested in geology.
Ballooning over the Sossusvlei Dunes
Ballooning over the Namib Desert is one of the most scenic and tranquilizing adventures on earth. This hot-air balloon trip starts before sunrise
. You will be fetched from your accommodation and brought to Sesriem, which is also famous for the same-named canyon.
As your balloon slowly starts rising higher into the Namib Desert air
in the morning, have a look at the beautiful Namibian sky before the sun slowly begins to look over the horizon. An amazingly beautiful view will be revealed to you.
Enjoy the incredible sight of the highest sand dunes in the world in Sossusvlei and the surrounding Namib-Naukluft National Park
. This astonishing trip lasts about an hour. You can indulge in a champagne breakfast after landing, although the landing spot is always a surprise.
You never know where the wind over the world's oldest desert
will be taking you. After this fascinating experience you land for breakfast, already set up somewhere in the desert. After breakfast you will drive back to your lodge.
Helicopter ride over the Sossusvlei dunes and Sesriem Canyon
Guests at Sossusvlei Lodge in Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia, can enjoy a special adventure - helicopter rides over Sesriem Canyon
and Elim Dune. This activity high above the Namibian ground also includes early-morning views of the sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei as well as flights over abandoned diamond mines and shipwrecks. The helicopters can be chartered privately and offer amazing photographic opportunities.
Visit the Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Investigate the mysterious "fairy circles" in Namib Rand Nature Reserve
. These round soil patches have only very few plants living on them. It seems like long grass is growing around these circles but not on them.
The Namib Rand Nature Reserve is the largest private reserve in Namibia and borders the Namib Naukluft Park in the west and the Nubib mountains in the east. Spot Gemsbok (Oryx), Hartebeest, Zebra
or more than 120 bird species in this dry and sandy are area 60km south of Sesriem, Namibia.