3-Day Sossusvlei Express
Starting in Swakopmund and ending in Windhoek
For those clients with limited time available, this short safari is the perfect solution, departing around lunchtime on Friday from SWAKOPMUND and returning mid-afternoon on Sunday to Windhoek. Our base is in the Sesriem area with accommodation in permanent adobe style tents with en suite facilities or twin rooms and stunning views across the mountains and desert. An excellent way to experience the amazing sand dune sea of the Namib and Sossusvlei region on this 3 day trip.
Day 1 – FRIDAY DESERT CAMP, NEAR SESRIEM We will be picked up from our guesthouse/hotel in Swakopmund at 11:15, (wintertime 10h15) for a brief predeparture talk. The vehicle will travel via the Kuiseb Canyon and Ghaub Pass before stopping at the Tropic of Capricorn for photos and then on to Solitaire to refuel. Our guide will provide a light lunch on board. Arrival at camp is late afternoon and we will have time for a short walk to view the beautiful sunset over the Naukluft Mountains. Overnight accommodation is in permanent “adobe” style tents with en-suite bathroom. Dinner is prepared over the campfire by our guide. (L,D)
Day 2 – SATURDAY DESERT CAMP, NEAR SESRIEM We depart at dawn from camp to arrive at the park gate for sunrise. We drive down an ancient river bed surrounded by towering dunes to the 2×4 parking (around 55kms) and take a 4×4 shuttle into the Sossusvlei area to appreciate the beauty of this place in early morning light and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the region. We explore this unique area on foot before heading into Dead Vlei with its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees, contrasting with a backdrop of huge dunes with their ever-changing colours before taking the 4×4 shuttle back to our vehicle. As we drive back to our accommodation we will stop at the famous Dune 45 and climb this dune if we wish or just wander around the base. We return to Sesriem and visit the nearby Sesriem Canyon, one of the few permanent water sources before arriving back at our lodge late afternoon to watch the sunset over this spectacular desert. Overnight in twin share rooms or permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms. Dinner prepared by our guide. (BLD)
Day 3 – SUNDAY WINDHOEK Early morning breakfast before heading to Solitaire Guest Farm where we join a biologist to track wild cheetahs at the N/a’ankuse Namib Conservation Centre. We return to Windhoek via Bullsport and Rehoboth. We arrive mid-afternoon and will be dropped at our accommodation. For those that choose to fly today, NO FLIGHTS DEPARTING PRIOR TO 17H00 in case there are unexpected delays returning from safari. (B)
Departs every Friday
R6,200 per person twin share R800 Single supplement
(Price valid until 31 March 2018 )
Includes: Transport in a custom built safari vehicle (no air-conditioning) Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide 2 nights’ accommodation in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms as above Meals as above (B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner) National park entry fees (1 day Sossusvlei) Activities: excursion into Sossusvlei (including 4×4 shuttle) & cheetah tracking activity at Solitaire Pick up within Swakopmund city limits and drop off within Windhoek city limits
*Single supplement only applicable to single travelers that request their own room, otherwise single travelers will be matched with another traveler of the same sex on a twin share basis.
NB: Sleeping bags or bath towels are not necessary but please bring swim wear and pool towels, especially during the summer months.
This safari is semi-participation and assistance with light kitchen duties is required.
2-Day Sossusvlei Weekender
Departs Saturdays from Windhoek
For those people stuck in town over the weekend this is the perfect getaway, a short and focused tour visiting the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the depths of Sesriem Canyon and the beautiful sunsets from Elim’s Dune.
Day 1 Sesriem
Departure from Chameleon Backpackers and Guesthouse at 07h00 sharp for our journey to Sesriem via Gamsberg Pass and Solitaire aiming to arrive in the desert by 13h00. Luxury Lodge clients will be dropped at Sossus Dune Lodge for lunch and can relax prior to their afternoon excursion to Elim’s Dune (we will say goodbye to our lodge clients here and only see them tomorrow when they re-join us for lunch and the drive back to Windhoek). For the camping clients we set up camp and have lunch before visiting the Sesriem Canyon and then you will be dropped at Elim’s Dune for sunset and a refreshing 30 minute hike back to camp, where your driver is preparing your evening meal over the campfire and we recommend an early night. Overnight in tents on twin share basis or at Sossus Dune Lodge in luxury bungalows with en-suite facilities. Both Sesriem Camp and Sossus Dune Lodge have a bar, restaurant and swimming pool. (L,D) Approx 340kms
Day 2 Windhoek
For our camping clients we rise very early this morning to break camp and head into the dune area 1 hour prior to sunrise for the 45km journey to Dune 45, here we give you time to climb the dune and witness the beautiful changing colours of the sand dunes while the sun rises. By the time you return to the vehicle your driver will have prepared a basic continental breakfast to replenish your energy levels for the walk into Dead Vlei and to climb the Sossusvlei dunes. The 4×4 transfer is required to allow maximum time to explore Dead Vlei and the pans of Sossusvlei. Our lodge based clients will join their early morning excursion to Sossusvlei with an experienced guide from Sossus Dune Lodge and explore the dunes from the comfort of a 4×4 vehicle (please note that the excursion in Dead Vlei is still on foot) before returning to the Chameleon safari vehicle for lunch and the long trek back to Windhoek. The return journey takes you via the Naukluft Mountains and Rehoboth to arrive back in Windhoek late afternoon, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation establishment. (B,L) Approx 420kms.
This is a highly focused safari covering approx 800 km over 2 days, therefore many hours are spent in the vehicle travelling to and from our destination. Therefore we DO NOT recommend this tour for those with more time to explore this fascinating and unique area or are liable to feel disappointed due to the short nature of this safari, alternatively please consider our 3 day Sossusvlei Express departing from Swakopmund every Friday or our 4 day Swakopmund + Sossusvlei Adventure every Thursday from Windhoek.
This option is a no frills full participation option and includes: small dome style tents for 2 persons sharing, transport, entrance fees, camping fees, services of a driver, camping equipment (except sleeping bag), meals as per itinerary prepared by the driver with your assistance; 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei from car park; all cutlery, crockery and cooking equipment as required. Shower and toilet facilities are shared ablutions at the campsite. Price: N$3180/person sharing – valid until 31st March 2018
This option is a more comfortable semi participation camping option utilising larger stand up style tents and the services of a camp assistant and includes: transport, entrance fees, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei from car park; camping fees, services of a driver, camping equipment (including pillow, full linen and bath towel), small reading light in tent; stretcher bed with mattress; meals as per itinerary prepared by the driver with assistance from your camp assistant; all cutlery, crockery and cooking equipment as required; pick up and drop off accommodation Windhoek. Shower and toilet facilities are shared ablutions at the campsite. Price: N$4680/person sharing – valid until 31st March 2018
This option is luxury lodge accommodation provided by NWR at their premier lodge, Sossus Dune Lodge located inside the Namib Naukluft National Park and includes: luxury bungalow accommodation on a twin or single basis; meals provided by the lodge except lunch Day 2; entrance fees; transport; 2 x activities provided by Sossus Dune Lodge including sunset at Elim’s Dune and sunrise at Sossusvlei; 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei; services of the driver to/from Windhoek; pick up and drop off accommodation in Windhoek. Price: LOW Season: N$6280/person from 1st April 2017 – 30th June 2017 HIGH Season: N$7650/person from 1st July 2017 to 31st March 2018
Single Supplement N$200 – high season only
DEPARTURE TIME: Pre-departure starts at 06h30 and all clients must be present at Chameleon Backpackers by this time Departure from Chameleon Backpackers is 07h00 sharp, any clients not present will be left behind. All clients are strongly recommended to overnight at Chameleon Backpackers the night prior to safari departure or request the safari office or your booking agent to organise a taxi from your accommodation. If staying elsewehere, clients MUST be at Chameleon Backpackers & Guesthouse at 06h30 for pre-departure.
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MINIMUM GROUP SIZE: Is 4 persons travelling together and can be a combination of Budget Camping, Fancy Camping or Luxury style accommodation. All clients, regardless of level of accommodation booked travel in the same vehicle with the same driver. Group bookings of 6 pax or more for the Luxury Lodge accommodation can request their own vehicle and guide, but this is subject to availability and 4 clients already booked on the standard departure.
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18 persons and vehicle used will be our overland style vehicle with comfortable seats fitted with seat belts, curtains, pop up roof and large windows for departures of 10 or more persons. Groups smaller than this will travelling in a small vehicle depending on group size.
LUXURY ACCOMMODATION: Is on request only and subject to availability at Sossusvlei Dune Lodge operated by Namibia Wildlife Resorts and is the only lodge located inside the Namib Naukluft National Park. Guests choosing this option have only 2 activities included in the price of this safari 1) Guided excursion to Elim’s Dune for sunset and 2) Guided excursion to Sossusvlei at sunrise and therefore do not travel with the Chameleon Safaris group for activities.
4X4 SHUTTLE FROM 2X4 PARKING TO SOSSUSVLEI: Is included for all accommodation options. This is due to the intense nature of this safari all clients are required to take the 4×4 shuttle into and out of Sossusvlei to ensure timeous departure from the desert back to Windhoek.
BOOKINGS: Can be made in person at Chameleon Safaris located at Chameleon Backpackers Lodge, or using our on-line form or through your local agent.
PAYMENTS: Must be made in full the day prior to safari departure, or direct to your agent as per their terms and conditions. No payments will be accepted on morning of departure and clients not fully paid up will not be able to board the vehicle. Credit Card Payments: Clients booking on-line using their Visa or Mastercard must present the card on morning of departure along with photo identification to confirm payment for your safari.
LUGGAGE: Is restricted to 10kg per person in a soft bag, all excess luggage can be stored at own accommodation establishment or at Chameleon Backpackers overnight, this excludes sleeping bags carried by the clients on the Budget Camping Option. A reasonable amount of photographic equipment and a day pack can be carried on board the vehicle.
SLEEPING BAGS: Can be hired for the Budget Camping option with prior notice for N$20/day = N$40/safari, it is the clients responsibility to pay and collect sleeping bag during pre-departure meeting.
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: Vegetarians and clients with food allergies or specific dietary requirements (within reason) must notify the office in writing (on their booking form) when booking the safari, any client who only gives dietary requirements on morning of departure CANNOT be catered for. The menu and all safari shopping is completed the day prior to safari departure.
PRE-DEPARTURE CHECKLIST: Less is better for a 48 hour safari however we consider the following to be a “must bring along” list – passport; sunhat; sunglasses; sunscreen; closed walking shoes or sturdy sandals with socks; personal toiletries, torch; swimming costume and swimming towel (summer months); warm jacket, long trousers and warm neck scarf (winter months); personal music player with earphones; camera with fully charged batteries; plastic bag to cover camera whilst in dunes; change of clothes; personal medication; sleeping bag (Budget Camping Option only).
INWARD AND ONWARD TRAVEL: Any client not arriving in time will miss their safari as it cannot be delayed and you will not be eligible for a refund as it will be treated as a NO SHOW, and 100% cancellation will apply. We strongly recommend staying overnight in Windhoek or at Chameleon Backpackers and Guesthouse the night prior to safari departure to avoid disappointment. Onward travel is strongly discouraged on Sunday evening and Chameleon Safaris will not be held liable for any delays or claims from clients who miss onward travel arrangements.
5 Day Damaraland, Etosha Adventure
Via the Cheetah Conservation Fund)
Starting Location: Windhoek
Drop off Location: Windhoek
Price: N$25 225 Per Person Sharing
Min: 2 Pax
Max: 6 Pax
Day 1: Windhoek to Damaraland (Madisa Camp or Similar)
You will be picked up at 07:15 in the morning from your accommodation. The
drive will take you northwards through the towns of Okahandja and Otjiwarongo and Outjo before we go on the gravel roads of southern Damaraland. Arrival at your lodge is expected in the afternoon. If time allows you can go on a guided sundowner walk in the late afternoon, learning more about the geology, plants and culture of this fascinating area.
Included: Lunch and Dinner, Activities as listed.
Accommodation will be in Permanent Canvas Tents
Day 2: Damaraland
After an early breakfast you will set off to explore the vast unfenced territory that is Damaraland. The area provides some of Namibia’s most scenic landscapes and you will traverse the ephemeral rivers and open plains in search of the desert adapted elephants. These elephants have over millenia found a way to survive in this rugged desert landscape. The exact length of the activity depends on the how far the elephants are from the lodge. Remember these are free roaming elephants in a vast wilderness area and sightings cannot be guaranteed! We will also explore the Twyfelfontein rock engravings with a local guide in the area as well as learn more about the local Damara culture by interacting with some of the local people in the area.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Activities as listed.
Day 3: Damaraland to Etosha (Okaukuejo Restcamp or similar)
After breakfast you will head towards the animal sanctuary of Namibia.You will traverse the gravel roads of north western Namibia and eventually through the small town of Outjo before heading to the Andersson’s gate, on the southern boundary of Etosha. You will have an afternoon game drive in Etosha before returning to your lodge in the inside of the park.
Included: Breakfast and Lunch, Activities as listed
Day 4: Etosha National Park
After an early breakfast we will depart on a game drive. The day will be devoted
mostly to drives within the park. As animals are mostly found around the waterholes we will visit various waterholes during the day. The waterholes support a rich diversity of animals, many of whom can often be seen all at once at the waterhole. We will take a picnic lunch along the road or have lunch at one of the restcamps.
Included: Breakfast and Lunch, Activities as listed
Day 5 : Etosha National Park to Windhoek (Via the CCF)
This day signals the end of our journey. We will head back to Windhoek mid morning along one of the main roads. We will stop at the CCF for a tour that includes the Cheetah feeding as well I a walking tour of heir main facility that includes the Educational Centre, Cheetah Museum, Clinic, Creamery, as well an introduction to the Cheetahs, Dogs and Livestock that live at the main centre. After lunch we we will proceed for another 3 hours back to WIndhoek where you will be dropped at your arranged accommodation and also where you will say goodbye to your guide.
Included: Breakfast and Lunch, Activities as listed
Meals as stipulated. Lunch is usually on the road in the form of lunch packs.
Accommodation as listed on a sharing basis. Lunch is usually on the road in the form of lunch
Fully Guided – Vehicle, guide and fuel
Activities as listed
Park Entrance Fees
Pre departure accommodation. (we can assist with bookings if needed)
Meals not listed
Anything not listed under ‘’included’’
Terms and Conditions
At the time of confirmation a payment of 25% of the total package rate is payable. Full payment must be made at least 40 days prior to your stay. For Any booking made within 40 days of the tour departure / stay, full payment is required. Proof of payment should be forwarded to email@example.com. Our banking details will be provided on the invoice sent to you.
Any cancellation made must be in writing to Lark Journeys and will be reconfirmed in writing. Non receipt of a cancellation confirmation means that the reservation has not been cancelled, irrespective of whether an email has been sent by you.
The following charges will apply:
40+ days prior to arrival/tour departure, 10% of the deposit (only in case of refunds)
Between 39 and 29 days prior to arrival/tour departure before tour departure: 25% of total package rate is payable. Between 28 and 22 days prior to arrival/tour departure: 50% of total package rate is payable.
Between 21 and 10 days prior to arrival/tour departure: 75% of total package rate is payable
Between 9 to 0 days prior to arrival/tour departure: 95% of total package rate is payable
No shows are charged 100% of the total package rate.
All cancellations must be reconfirmed by Lark Journeys to clients making the cancellation.
2 Night Sossusvlei: Small Groups Journeys
Maximum 8 Pax
The Sossusvlei area lays claim to many accolades including being located in one of the largest parks in Africa, being part of a World Heritage Site, located in the Oldest Desert in the world and most famous for having arguably the highest dunes in the world. It is therefore no surprise that the towering dunes of Sossusvlei are the most popular of Namibia’s attractions. It is also home to many endemic species including the Dune lark, Namibia´s only true endemic bird. Your accommodation for the 2 nights, Le Mirage Resort and Spa, is located on a Private Wilderness Reserve near Sossusvlei.
Day 1 – 12 January 2017
Windhoek – Le Mirage Resort
You will be picked up at your hotel at 07:30 and will head down south via some mountain passes that presents excellent opportunities for photography. You will also stop in timeless Solitaire for a quick break. After these few stops, including a lunch pack en route, the plan is to arrive at your accommodation in the early to late afternoon. You will have the opportunity to freshen up before enjoying the sunset in this unique location. You can also enjoy the afternoon around the sparkling pool or take a walk on this wonderful reserve.
Included: Accommodation, Picnic Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 (13 January 2017) : Sossusvlei Area
Our Sossusvlei guided excursion starts very early in the morning (before sunrise). It is about a 20 minutes drive to the entrance of the National park where we will enter the park at sunrise. The early morning light provide excellent opportunities for photography and our knowledgeable guide will try his best to get you in the best positions for it. The drive will take you towards the stupendous dunes where you will have the opportunity to hike up some of the tallest dunes in the world. Amazing vistas is a definite!. You will also visit the indescribable Deadvlei with its scorched trees. Afterwards you will enjoy a picnic brunch in the dunes. On your way back to camp you will visit the intriguing Sesriem Canyon. Arrival back at the lodge is expected in the early afternoon. The afternoon can be spent around the pool or taking a short walk with your guide. Alternatively you can book one of the optional Extra activities at the lodge.
Included: Accommodation, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Sossusvlei Excursion
Optional Lodge Activities (At extra cost): Sundowner Quad bike ride, Various Spa treatments.
Day 3 (14 January 2017)
Lodge – Windhoek (Accommodation at own cost)
After a leisurely breakfast you will head back to Windhoek via a different route than you came with. Arrival time is usually in
the mid afternoon where you will be dropped back at your accommodation.
Terms and Conditions
Meals as stipulated
Accommodation as listed
English Speaking Guide
Transport dependent on nr of Pax. Either in Custom Built Land Cruiser, VW Kombi, 4×4 Station Wagon or 4×4 D/Cab.
Park Entrance Fees
Pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Windhoek.
Meals not listed
Anything not listed under ‘’included’’
Recommended selling rate for the 2 night Sossusvlei Adventurer:
Per Person Sharing: N$ 12 100
Single Supplement: N$ 1 800
Giraffe Conservation Foundation
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) offers Pathways Africa Conference participants the unique opportunity to take part in their Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP). This is a half-day excursion at Daan Viljoen Game Reserve, only 20km outside of Windhoek.
The excursions take place on Friday, 12 January and Saturday 13 January 2018 at 7:30am. Meeting point is at the reception of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve (approx. 20km from Windhoek, please plan for 30 minute travel time).
KEEP is an initiative of GCF and is a fun field-based, hands-on environmental education experience for Namibian Grade 3 and 4 students. It aims at getting primary school students out of the classroom for a day and into the bushveld!
Join in to experience the programme first hand at beautiful Daan Vijoen Game Reserve and learn how to track animals, identify Namibian trees and how giraffe teach us about taking care of our environment.
Cost: N$150/person (KEEP workbook and park fees included)
Booking is essential as places are limited!
For more information and booking, contact Rachel du Raan at
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** Please note: Sun Karros is a private business operating within the reserve.
Additional fees to get access to the restaurant and pool apply. Bookings need to be made directly through the Sun Karros website: