Sossusvlei & Swakopmund

4 Day Self Drive Safari

Safari Description:

This short self–drive takes in one of Namibia’s greatest destinations – the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei and ancient Namib Naukluft Desert, before continuing onto the adventure capital at Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast. This trip is offered as a camping, standard or superior/luxury accommodation, or located in private reserves close to Namib Naukluft and can be tailored to your requirements.

Safari Highlights:

Namib Naukluft National Park – Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and surrounds, Swakopmund for quaint architecture and activities

Main Attractions:

Namibia: Sossusvlei

Map & Short Itinerary:


Day 1&2 Sesriem/Sesriem Oshana Campsite
Day 3 A La Mer Hotel
Day 4 Return to Windhoek

Map & Itinerary

Day 1&2 Desert Homestead Lodge
Day 3 Brigadoon Guesthouse
Day 4 Return to Windhoek

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Day 1&2 Dead Valley Lodge
Day 3 Strand Hotel
Day 4 Return to Windhoek

Map & Itinerary
Length 4 days
Safari Type Self Drive Safari
Price From NAD 5745
Countries Namibia
Accommodation Accommodation, Camping, Luxury
Group Size Minimum 1 people
Single Supplement Yes
Please Note Subject to availability of accommodation
Departures On Request

Comfort Level:

Accommodation Comfort3 Star4 Star
Camping Comfort1 Star2 Star
Luxury Comfort4 Star

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Sossusvlei area

Collect your vehicle and meet with a Chameleon consultant who will answer any last–minute questions regarding your self-drive in Namibia, before leaving the city behind. Later this afternoon, explore the contrasting desert landscapes and enjoy a spectacular sunset and beautiful starry night skies

Day 2 Sossusvlei area

Today will take you to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and a visit to the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei is unforgettable. Dead Vlei is perhaps the most photographed of vleis with its ancient camel–thorn trees, shimmering white pan and a backdrop of ochre sand and blue skies, its no wonder it is regarded as one of Namibia’s major highlights. As you make your way back to your starting point, ensure you stop at Dune 45 – where a climb up part or all of the dune gives a great vantage point to the surrounding sand sea

Note if you camp (Sesriem), or stay at Dead Valley Lodge inside the park, you are able to gain access to the dune sea for sunrise.  For all lodges/camps outside the national park, you can only enter at sunrise, and it’s still around 60mins drive to the dunes – for many people this is fine, but if you are an avid photographer our recommendation is to stay inside the park where you have extended hours and can benefit from the quiet and first /last light  before returning to your base.

Day 3 Swakopmund

Drive to the coast, it’s worth stopping at Solitaire – famous for its apple pie, rusting old cars and traditional–style store before driving to Swakopmund – Namibia’s activity capital. Perhaps join an optional activity such as a scenic flight or sky dive this afternoon

Day 4 Departure

Return to Windhoek to drop off of your vehicle and continue with onward travel arrangements– suggest no flight prior to mid–afternoon.

How we rate our safaris

Namibia, Botswana and some other African destinations do not have a set star system that is familiar worldwide to many countries, however, as this is widely used, we have tried to replicate this format to give you an idea of the level of comfort during your safari. For example, a mobile camping tour in Namibia is given 1* and luxury accommodation increasing to 5*. Depending on your tour, there may be a bit of a mix of levels of comfort so please check if you are not sure.

1* or 1–2* Rated Safaris – Camping tours:

These are generally scheduled/small group or self–drive safaris (though a private–guided safari can also fall into this category if you wish to camp); the scheduled trips generally involve client participation where you may be expected to put up/take down your tent and assist with camp chores, dome tents and a ground mattress is supplied. For self–drive options this will often mean roof tents on the vehicle and all camping equipment. There may be the occasional night in simple accommodation but majority of nights are spent camping and most camp sites will have shared ablution facilities. If there is a good mix of both camping and accommodation, this may be rated at 1&2*. These are the most basic level of safaris offered and scheduled safari group sizes vary according to the trip and company – 1* tours are the most affordable option and geared for adventurous travellers who do not mind a bit of discomfort.

Accommodated Safaris

Standard/Mid–range safaris 2–3.5*

Standard accommodation style trips generally have no camping included (though on occasion with a specific activity such as a Delta or Serengeti excursion, or perhaps hiking, a couple of nights may be included). As a general rule this is not the case. With most small group/scheduled tours accommodation is generally 2/3* level – clean and affordable but generally without too many frills; rooms will have en–suite facilities, most will offer air con/fans in the rooms, swimming pools etc (not guaranteed), restaurant/bar facilities, though location can be a little further away from main place of interest this option offers excellent value for money for those seeking a bed each night! We try to indicate on each trip the level of comfort for the particular tour

Superior/Luxury Safaris 3.5–5*

A superior style of accommodation. Most lodges at this level will have air–conditioning or fans in the room though some accommodation establishments are technically “camps” as they may be partially build of canvas – these “camps” are permanent fixtures, generally built on a platform, and will have full and comfortable facilities – the occasional trip may have a more basic night or two involved depending on location to ensure clients can fully appreciate the region they are experiencing. Service is generally very good and most places (outside of towns/cities) will have just a few rooms/chalets. Tours in this bracket include very small group safaris (up to 8 clients), self–drive and private–guided options which are tailored to suit you. The luxury options offer a high standard of accommodation, facilities and service in the region with attention to detail – some “camps” /lodges will have private guides and vehicles, but all accommodation is the best available with personalized service and a quality or unique experience perhaps unavailable elsewhere or in a more moderate price bracket. Tours include fly–in safaris, self–drive and private–guided options.

Please note: this is a guideline only and each destination can vary – some areas in Southern Africa do not always have 5* accommodation (there are limited hotels outside of cities that have the same * grading accommodation) but will be best in the area, have limited volume of rooms and some of the best locations and experiences for clients that is outside of the normal “tourist/travel” route. This can include exclusive conservation regions and emphasis is place on clients having a unique experience rather than offering hairdresser type of facilities that may be found is hotels in cities in other countries. Please also remember that some of these locations can be remote so wifi may not always be available, nor a huge menu range.

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08.00 – 13.00
Sunday & Public Holidays


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