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3 Day Namib Desert Camping Tour

StartWindhoek (Namibia)
EndSwakopmund (Namibia)
Duration: 3 Days
Style of Tour :
ZAR 9000.00AUD 705.88CAD 638.30EURO 434.99GBP 409.65USD 477.45

Embark on a 3-day budget camping tour into the heart of the Namib Desert, departing from Windhoek every Wednesday, ending in Swakopmund on Fridays. Tailored for budget-conscious adventurers, this journey explores the world's oldest desert, stopping at iconic sites like the Tropic of Capricorn, Big Daddy, Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon, and catching the sunset from Elim’s dune.

Countries visitingNamibia
This tour is:Family Friendly
Accommodation on tour:Camping
Malaria free:Yes


Elim’s Dune
Big Daddy Dune
Dune 45
Sesriem Canyon
Tropic of Capricorn
Kuiseb Canyon
Walvis Bay Lagoon

Below is the basic day to day brief.

The full downloadable Itinerary is at the bottom of this window.

Please download the dossier should you want more detailed information on the route and tour.

Day 1: Windhoek to Sesriem
Your adventure begins with a 7:00 AM pickup from your accommodation within Windhoek city limits, followed by a quick pre-departure meeting. We start our trip by heading towards Sesriem, making a pit stop in the small town of Rehoboth for supplies. Passing through the desert landscape and the quaint community at BűellsPort, we aim to reach Sesriem around lunchtime. After setting up camp, we enjoy a late afternoon picnic-style lunch. Opt to explore the world's oldest desert with a short drive to Elim Dune, capturing the best golden light before sunset. You will have the option to take a short walk through the desert back to our camp providing an immersive experience in this ancient landscape.
Overnight: Sesriem
Accommodation: Twin shared tents with shared ablution
Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Sesriem - Sossusvlei - Sesriem

This morning, get ready to capture the enchanting sunrise over the dunes! Our first stop is the iconic Dune 45, named for its 45 km distance from Sesriem. We'll climb to the top, soak in the breathtaking sunrise, and then head back for a light breakfast. After breakfast, we jump on 4x4 shuttles and drive through the sandy terrain of the Tsauchab Riverbed to arrive at Dead Vlei. This surreal landscape is renowned for its striking contrast of white clay, ancient camelthorn trees, and towering orange-red sand dunes. We'll wander on foot and conquer one of the world's tallest dunes, standing proud at 300 meters. We head back to camp for lunch and a refreshing dip in the pool. Our afternoon adventure takes us to Sesriem Canyon, just a few kilometers from our campsite. Walking through Sesriem Canyon offers a refreshing escape from the desert heat, with cool shade and captivating rock formations shaped by the Tsauchab River over two million years. After an exhilarating day we head back to camp for a delicious dinner and a good night's rest.

Overnight: Sesriem
Accommodation: Twin shared tents with shared ablution
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Sesriem to Swakopmund

Our morning begins in the delightful town of Solitaire, known for its famous apple pie. This quaint spot, scattered with vintage farm vehicles, offers a chance to stretch our legs and capture some unique photos. We cross the Tropic of Capricorn, before navigating mountain passes, including the Gaub River canyon and Kuiseb Pass, with stunning views of the Kuiseb River. The adventure continues to Walvis Bay lagoon for lunch before the final leg to Swakopmund, dropping you off at your chosen accommodation in the city limits. Swakopmund, founded in 1892, is a fascinating blend of German colonial architecture and desert-to-sea scenery. The town offers various activities, from scenic flights to skydiving or quad biking in the Namib dunes. Our guide will help plan your stay, including optional activities, and share recommendations for dining in Swakopmund's excellent restaurants. Accommodation and dinner are at your discretion. Enjoy your time in this unique coastal town!

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

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Note: Itineraries do change, please speak to your consultant for the latest up to date itinerary for your travel period.

Approx. tour cost in
ZAR 9000.00AUD 705.88CAD 638.30EURO 434.99GBP 409.65USD 477.45
Tour Price (01 April 2024 - 31 Mar 2025)
ZAR 9,000 per adult sharing
ZAR 7,500 per child (5 - 11 yrs of age)
ZAR 1,500 single supplement fee


  • Transport in Toyota Quantum or similar
  • Services of a professional English-speaking driver/guide
  • 2 nights’ camping
  • Camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag which can be hired)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • National Park entry fees
  • Pick up in Windhoek city limits and drop off in Swakopmund city limits
  • Early morning excursion to Dune 45, Dead Vlei & Sossusvlei
  • 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei & return
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol, snacks, souvenirs
  • Optional activities & Tips
  • Sleeping Bag (can be hired)
This tour has a duration of: 3 Days

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