Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp is situated 20 kilometers from Sesriem, the entrance to Sossusvlei within the heart of Namibia`s Namib Desert. This is one of the most remarkable sites in the Namib-Naukluft Park and the Namib Desert. Huge towering dunes, the highest in the world, rise dramatically over 1000 feet above the surrounding plains at Sossusvlei itself. The spectacle of changing colors and the lonely oryx silhouetted against red dunes is one which visitors and photographers from around the world come to savor and capture on film.
The camp is situated on a 7,000 hectare private property with wonderful desert scenery. It affords access to Sossusvlei, but also offers privacy and exclusivity. The property harbors vast desert plains and rugged mountains with views onto the dunes in the distance. The camp has been built near the top of a mountain, using natural materials of brick, rock, timber and thatch, and it provides a refuge from the desert.
Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp has nine twin-bedded guest rooms, each with its own private plunge pool. The rooms are superbly appointed and offer comfort and atmosphere. The private bathrooms, complete with hot and cold running water, also boast panoramic views overlooking the plains below. The main living area is under thatch with a pool. There is a great outdoor deck where you can enjoy dinner under the stars. The Namib is considered by many to be the finest stargazing area in Southern Africa!
On the edge of the oldest desert in the world, this is not a game rich area, however, whatever game you see is interesting and dramatized by the contrast between the desert and the animal life it supports. Springbok, gemsbok (oryx) and ostrich are the few who manage to survive in these harsh conditions. The rare and elusive aardvark is occasionally sighted at night, along with cape fox, polecats, aardwolf and other nocturnal animals.
Early morning excursions in open vehicles take you to the magnificent Sossusvlei dunes and the "vlei" itself at the end of the Tsauchab River, which is a dry river bed that flows only in years of exceptional rainfall. Breakfasts are served under the spreading camelthorn acacias in Sossusvlei before returning to camp in the midday via the nearby Sesriem Canyon. Afternoon activities are on the property taking in the desert scenery and its unique fauna and flora. Wonderful early morning ballooning safaris are offered as an optional extra.