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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 can only arrange this desert and dune excursion as part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary including at least two nights staying at Hoodia Desert Lodge. See the Holiday ideas, below, for examples of such itineraries.
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
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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...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.
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Explore the iconic apricot dunes of Sossusvlei...

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

72 reviews since August 2007
A & JfromUK

4 Mar 2024

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"

"our experiences with our guide on the Sossusvlei day exceeded expectations …" Read A & J’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

JohnfromWestern Canada

13 Dec 2023

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"

"Enos, our guide, was probably our favourite guide out of everyone on the trip! …" Read John’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs & Mrs AfromLondon

27 Nov 2023

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"

"Enjoyable tour. We really enjoyed walking along the dunes next to Deadvlei. …" Read Mrs & Mrs A’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr NfromUnited Kingdom

16 Nov 2023

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"

Overall rating: Good

Mr and Mrs MfromScotland

28 Nov 2023

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs PaulfromSurrey

25 Oct 2023

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"

"guide very knowledgable …" Read Mr & Mrs Paul’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs CfromBristol

22 Oct 2023

"Hoodia Sossusvlei great dunes excursion"

"This was again very professional and very professional and very enjoyable. …" Read Mr & Mrs C’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr. & Mrs. EfromUK

22 Oct 2023

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"

"Excellent.. knowledgeable guide... a special experience.. avoided the crowds.. …" Read Mr. & Mrs. E’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent


2 Oct 2023

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"

"The guide was excellent and explained the geology and wildlife.. …" Read Bintang’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms J.fromMijas

31 Aug 2023

"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"

"Absolutely incredible day... guide was one of the best... …" Read Ms J.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

See all Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion reviews

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