This morning you are picked up by your private guide and set out southwest. Drive through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic location en route and arrive at Sossus Dune Lodge in the late afternoon. This eco-conscious camp inside the park is your base for the next three nights. If there is still time when you arrive, you can visit Sesriem Canyon. The shaded cool depths of the canyon allow pools of water to gather during the rainy season and remain for much of the year round. These pools were a vital source of water for early settlers who drew water for their livestock by knotting six (ses) lengths of rawhide thongs (riems) together, hence the canyon and surrounding area became known as Sesriem.
Since your camp is already inside the park, you can get into Sossusvlei before everyone else and you will be up today see the sun rise and photograph the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. If you didn’t have time to visit Sesriem Canyon on the first day, you have ample time during your two full days here.