Namibia is a country of contrasting landscapes, from the oldest desert on earth, predator-rich game reserves and rugged mountain ranges to modern cities and coastal resort towns. Featuring a combination of colonial German and modern architecture, Windhoek is Namibia’s capital city and the gateway to the region, with an international airport and a host of visitor-friendly facilities.
No trip to southern Namibia is complete without visiting the majestic red dunes of Sossusvlei. The Namib Desert is the oldest and most arid region in the world and has been in existence for almost 80 million years. The large clay pans of Sossusvlei surrounded by the world’s highest red sand dunes are a highlight – an unforgettable, magical sight.
Owing to the vast distances, it is sometimes necessary to fly from camp to camp in small aircraft. Driving safaris are recommended only if you have 10 to 12 days or more available for the trip.
Highlights and suggested day tours during any trip to Sossusvlei include:
- Visit the Sossusvlei Dunes and the fascinating Sesriem Canyon
- Explore the desert on a quad bike
- Discover Bushman paintings in the region or visit the petrified dunes
- Stargazing is magnificent in the desert
- Book a scenic coastal flight or take to the sky in a hot air balloon
Wilderness Kulala Desert Lodge
Situated at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes and the closest entry point to Sossusvlei, Kulala Desert Lodge boasts magnificent views of the famous red dunes mountainous scenery and vast open plains. The camp comprises 23 thatched and canvas "kulalas" (including three family units) with en-suite bathrooms and verandas.
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Namibrand Nature Reserve
Deep in the heart of the ancient and ever-changing Namib Desert, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is at once dramatic and serene. Ten stone and glass villas look out onto fantastically shaped rock formations that vie for attention with multi-coloured sand dunes. Suite interiors are air conditioned against the heat of the day and feature cosy fireplaces to ward off the chill of winter nights. Massive windows throughout the split-level suite open onto the wide plains and a glazed glass skylight above the king sized bed lets in the clear night sky.
Little Kulala Camp
Kulala Wilderness Reserve
Journey through the Namib in harmony with the environment and savour the personal and sumptuous style of Little Kulala. Set among ancient camel-thorn trees on the dry Auab riverbed, it offers first-rate facilities, charming hospitality and close proximity to the towering red sand dunes of the Namib Desert. The 11 climate-controlled, thatched ‘kulalas’ (the word means ‘to sleep’) merge seamlessly into the desert landscape, each offering a private plunge pool and indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a rooftop ‘sky bed’ for romantic stargazing.