Sossusvlei and Deadvlei Self Guided Day Trip

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is home to the oldest desert in the world with some of the largest dunes in the world. The most famous of which is Sossusvlei, the highlight of Namibia and a photographers dream. We recommend staying at the NWR Sesriem Campground or Lodge within the National Park so you are able to see sunrise in the park.

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Dune 45, Namibia

On Top of the Crescent Dune above Sossusvlei pan

How to Get There

The park entrance is at the town of Sesriem. From Solitaire, take C19 south to Sesriem. After 70 km, take a right turn on D826 where in 10km you will arrive to Sesriem. It is a 4-hour drive from Windhoek


Park Fees and Hours

  • $80 NAD per person per day entry fee

  • $180 NAD per person per day for camping

  • Campsite Reservation: Sesriem Campsite


What to Do

Drive into the park when the 2nd gate opens at 5:45am. Drive 45km to Dune 45. Here you can hike up the dune to watch sunrise. Following sunrise, hike down and drive to the final parking area at 64km. From here, 4wd is required to drive the last 4km. Ensure your tire pressure is at the proper levels if continuing on 4wd.

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Dune 45, Namibia

Sunrise from Dune 45

Without a 4wd?

Option 1: NWR shuttles drive you around the park as needed, and return you to your car for $180 NAD per person.

Option 2: Hitchhike in to Sossusvlei. It took about 7 or 8 vehicles to pass before one stopped to pick us up, and that was because all the other vehicles were full. Walk along the street and someone with room will absolutely stop to drive you in. Hitch a ride back from the Deadvlei parking area.

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Dune 45, Namibia

Dune Walking at Sossusvlei

Once at the end, you have two main areas to explore: Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. They are across from each other, both with a pan at the bottom of the dunes which flood after it rains. They look like a salt flat. Sossusvlei has a great crescent-shaped dune above it that you can hike up. From here you can see Deadvlei across the parking area, about 1 mile away.

Deadvlei Sossusvlei Sesriem Naukluft National Park Namibia


Deadvlei is the highlight of the park, a pan with dead tree’s beneath Big Daddy, the parks biggest dune, and one of the largest in the world. If you start here, hike up Big Daddy, and run down it to Deadvlei. This will take an hour and half. If you start at Sossusvlei, just walk around the Deadvlei pan and enjoy the amazing dead tree’s contrasting with the sand dunes and the desert sky.



Packing Essentials for Namibia*



Other Essentials:

  • Wingspan Optics binoculars

  • Natrapel DEET free mosquito repellent

  • Camera with zoom (telephoto) lens – we recommend between 200 – 400 mm. Check out the Canon 70-200mm lens for the best quality you can get!

  • Hat

  • Waterbottle – try to help reduce plastic bottles!

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Namibia Articles

  • Etosha National Park click HERE

  • Himba Village Tour in Opuwo click HERE

  • Swakopmund and Outdoor Adventures click HERE

  • Naukluft Mountains Hike click HERE

  • Sossusvlei and Deadvlei (current)

  • Luderitz and Kolmanskop Ghost Town click HERE

  • Fish River Canyon click HERE


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Visited on 03/21/2016.


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