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Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion

Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion

Overview: Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion

Explore the world's oldest desert with an expert guide. Hoodia Desert Lodge runs the Sossusvlei excursion for its guests a little differently to other lodges in the area and we believe it is one of the best (sadly you cannot joint this activity unless you are staying at Hoodia). The emphasis is on good guides, who relay their knowledge of the Namib-Naukluft in an interesting and concise way, giving you a much richer experience than driving yourself.

The Hoodia trip is run at a slower pace than most, in contrast with the sometimes crowded, often rushed and occasionally chaotic feeling of some of the alternatives. While the slower pace does mean that travellers will miss out on the earliest photos of Deadvlei, we believe that this is a compromise worth making. As this trip fills up quickly, it requires pre-booking; speak to us for more detail.

The details

You’ll be woken well before sunrise, giving you time to enjoy breakfast before leaving the lodge. Then jump into an enclosed safari vehicle for the 22km drive to Sesriem and the gates of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, arriving just before they open at sunrise.

From the park gates, the 65km drive to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei is full of interest and colour. As the sun climbs above the Naukluft Mountains your guide will find a scenic spot where you can stop and enjoy the spectacle. He/she will explain a little about the geological processes that formed the unique Namib Sand Sea and tell you about the desert-adapted animals that call this desiccated environment home. Keen birders should keep their eyes peeled for Namibia’s only true endemic bird, the dune lark.

From here you will continue your leisurely drive to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, keeping a lookout for springbok, oryx and other larger wildlife along the way.

Once at the 4WD car park you’ll explore on foot, taking a route that your guide considers appropriate to the fitness of the group. Generally, you will take a relatively quiet route over some of the smaller dunes into Deadvlei, which usually allows some great photo opportunities of the iconic trees without crowds of people in the way. More adventurous and fitter groups will then have the chance to climb the dune known as ‘Big Mamma’ before returning to the vehicle for a tea break.

From here your guide will take you back towards the park entrance before diverting to Elim Dune, a picturesque area that is often missed by the casual visitor. This is the setting for your ‘Out of Africa style' lunch, a scenic sit-down meal set up in the shade of a camelthorn tree, complete with tablecloths and spectacular views.

The last stop on your trip takes you to Sesriem Canyon, some 30m deep in places and carved out over time by the Tsauchab River. From here, you’ll return to the lodge in time for afternoon tea.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.

Start location
You’ll generally be woken up an hour before leaving Hoodia to get to the park gates in time for sunrise. This gives you time for breakfast before you leave.
End location
You'll return to Hoodia
Meals included
Picnic lunch is included
Duration
Full day, including lunch
Maximum group size
Customised Land Cruisers are used for this excursion, which can carry up to six passengers.

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What to look forward to.


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Explore the iconic apricot dunes of Sossusvlei...
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...your expert guide will teach you about the flora, fauna and geology of this unique park...
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...you may even get up-close and personal with some of the deserts residents.
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...before climbing some dunes...
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...and admiring the view.
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Once you've worked up and appetite enjoy an 'Out of Africa' breakfast.
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And finally explore the unexpected Sesriem Canyon.

Explore the iconic apricot dunes of Sossusvlei...

...your expert guide will teach you about the flora, fauna and geology of this unique park...

...you may even get up-close and personal with some of the deserts residents.

...before climbing some dunes...

...and admiring the view.

Once you've worked up and appetite enjoy an 'Out of Africa' breakfast.

And finally explore the unexpected Sesriem Canyon.

Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion reviews

25 independent first-hand comments from our travellers.


98%
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Mr & Mrs CfromGolden CO

27 Jan 2020

"Beyond Compare"

"Our day tour to the dunes was excellent …" Read Mr & Mrs C’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms S.fromSurrey

15 Nov 2019

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"

"Great guide. Brilliant day out. Fancy lunch for the middle of the desert, …" Read Ms S.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs B.fromRichmond

15 Sep 2019

"Wonderful Sossusvlei Excursion"

"an amazing small group tour... very knowledgeable guide …" Read Mr & Mrs B.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs OCfromSheffield

14 Oct 2019

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review "

"absolutely brilliant, away from crowds, lunch and 'bar' super, hugely enjoyable …" Read Mr & Mrs OC’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

FunOnlyfromCalgary

1 Oct 2019

"A bucket list adventure"

"Our guide to Sossusvlei, Lucas, was extremely knowledgeable about the desert ... …" Read FunOnly’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Eve& ReubenfromBozeman

26 Aug 2019

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"

" the dunes were spectacular, guide knowledgeable about the geology, wildlife. …" Read Eve& Reuben’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs BWfromThe Sands

28 Jul 2019

"Amazing"

"thoughtfulness and planning made it special, we felt like the only people there. …" Read Mr & Mrs BW’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs C.fromBlauzac

30 Aug 2019

"Avery interesting day in the dunes"

"Our guide was very interesting and made the dunes come alive.. …" Read Mrs C.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Overall rating: Excellent

Dr and Mrs A fromSurrey

2 Jul 2019

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"

"... we were able to get away from the crowds... loved running down the dunes... …" Read Dr and Mrs A ’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

See all Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion reviews

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