Sesriem is the gateway to the Namib Desert and is a dream destination for landscape photographers. Blistering white ancient salt pans dotted with the remains of age old trees against a backdrop of rolling fiery red sand dunes. The Namib is home to a multitude of unusual plants and wildlife adapted to life in this harsh climate. Many of these are endemic to this region. Watch a sunrise from the top of the highest sand dunes, feel the desert sand beneath your toes or just snap away at the endless photo opportunities. This part of Africa is off the beaten track however a number of tours do pass through and there are several established lodges and campsites in the area to make use of.

Why we like it

Unique desert safari experience, Interesting desert wildlife, Mind-blowing landscapes

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 1500 km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Gemsbok (Oryx)
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Sesriem

Accommodation in Sossusvlei and Namib Desert

Desert Camp, Namib Desert

Desert Camp in Namibia provides self-catering accommodation at its best! It is situated on the doorstep of the park, only 5km from the gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. It provides a fantastic 180-degree view of the surrounding desert landscape and mountains. The camp is the perfect base for nature and landscape photography enthusiasts. Desert Camp is made up of…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Desert Quiver Camp, Namib Desert

Desert Quiver Camp is situated on the edge of Namibia's spectacular Sesriem Region, only 5km from the main entrance gate to the park. The Camp consists of comfortable, stylish and modern self-catering accommodation, surrounded by magnificent views of granite rocky outcrops and roaming desert wildlife. Each self-catering room has an en-suite bathroom, spacious bedroom, private parking, and shaded patio areas.…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Greenfire Desert Lodge, Namibia

Greenfire Desert Lodge is located in southern Namibia, in the remote and beautiful Sossusvlei and Namib Desert region. The lodge is situated on a 20 000-hectare private wilderness reserve that sits next to the Namibrand Nature Reserve, which is home to a variety of desert wildlife species. The lodge's location is unique and breathtakingly beautiful- solitude-seekers will love being surrounded…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Sossusvlei and Namib Desert

5 Day Sossusvlei & Swakopmund Tour

Visit the fascinating, beautiful landscapes of the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei in Namibia, as well as the seaside town of Swakopmund, the adventure capital of the country. This 5-day tour will take you on a unique safari adventure, where you will get the chance to marvel at the distinctive landscapes of the Namib Desert: rolling red sand dunes, searing white…

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Duration: 4 nights / 5 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Cape Town to Johannesburg via Victoria Falls

Take yourself on a roller-coaster adventure through the incredible nature and wildlife destinations of Southern Africa. This 24-day tour showcases the best that Africa has to offer. You will visit the stark, haunting desert landscapes of Namibia, marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the South African Cape, and have the chance to see the magnificent, iconic Victoria Falls. On this…

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Duration: 24 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Tour

This classic and affordable overland tour links Cape Town to Victoria Falls (and vice versa). This 20 Day tour highlights Southern Africa’s most incredible sights. StartiIt starts in the shadow of South Africa's spectacular Table Mountain in Cape Town, and winds up the West Coast to the barren but game-rich salt pans of Etosha in Namibia. Activities include watching the…

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Duration: 20 Days, 19 Nights
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Brown Hyena
Brown Hyena

Key Species


Burrchell's Courser
Ludwig’s Bustard
Ruppell’s Korhaan
Namaqua Sandgrouse

Puff Adder
Namaqua Chameleon
Peringuey's Adder

Camelthorn Acacia
Grey Camel Thorn

Sand Dunes
Rocky Outcrops

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 6
Birds: 7
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 5
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