Namib-Naukluft Park Travel Guide

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Namib-Naukluft Park Things to Do

  • visit Sesriem Canyon

    Sossusvlei is a depression lined by some of the highest dunes in the world. Although a very rare occurrence, during periods of good rains the pan or "vlei" fills up with water from the Tsauchab River. This water wonder in the middle of the desert is a spectacular sight.

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  • visit Sossusvlei dunes

    one of most beautiful sites in whole country are the Sossusvlei dunes..you should not miss..if you had time and condition walk up to the dunesThe sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Various arguments are laid out to support this claim, but all miss the point, which is that Sossusvlei...

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  • Want a picnic site away from it all?

    Tired of sharing your space with others? Weary of picknicking cheek-by-jowl with fellow tourists? Ever wanted to really get away from it all?Well, Namibia in general - and the Namib Naukluft park in particular - is the place for you! The splendid isolation of this picnic spot is quite beyond dispute ... and what the camera can't show is the 30km...

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  • A jolly useful mud map of...

    I have always found this little sketch plan (what the Aussies endearingly call a 'mud map') extremely useful in planning my visits to the Sesriem/Sossusvlei section of the Namib Naukluft park, and I hope it will be equally useful to others.The key point to note is the significant distances involved: from the main gate, the parking area for 2 wheel...

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  • Doing the Sossusvlei Shuffle at Dune 45!

    Dune 45 on the way to Sossusvlei is so named because it is 45km from the park gate. It is probably the most climbed dune in the entire Namib and for obvious reasons: at over 170m, it's one of the highest dunes in the Namib, as well as being easily accessible and stunningly beautiful.Given the fact that you want to do this as early as possible -...

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  • Hiking into Sossusvlei's not for...

    You can't visit Namib Naukluft Park and not visit the iconic Sossusvlei ... just be prepared for the fact that it's not the most accessible of attractions if you're travelling on a budget and can't afford a four wheel drive (4WD) vehicle, so you're going to have to work for the experience!Sossusvlei is a 'pan', which is a flat area in which water...

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Namib-Naukluft Park Hotels

Namib-Naukluft Park Restaurants

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    Namib Desert Lodge: Plenty of game!

    by nigelw6443 Updated Nov 30, 2006

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    There are no restaurants so if you are camping you will either cook or eat at the lodge where you are camping.

    Campgrounds usually have BBQ facilities.

    Lodges offer 3 meals a day. You get breakfast with your room but lunch and dinner are extra. The cost is very reasonable. Packed lunches can be ordered the night before.
    Dinner is a buffet and at some lodges they will do a braii (Afrikaans for BBQ or grill).

    If you are a vegetarian there won't always be a good selection for you. Some lodges put on better spreads than others. If you like meat you will not be disappointed although if you are fussy prepare yourself for game as the meat is usually a choice of kudu, oryx or eland some lodges will have beef, pork, lamb and sometimes ostrich. One lodge even had crocodile!

    At the Namib Desert Lodge we never really had time for breakfast as we left early both mornings. But they did have the usual cereals, fruit, cold meats and cheeses for the Germans and bacon and scrambled egg. They even made their own bread here which wasn't too bad. However, as it was buffet the eggs and bacon were sitting for a while and the bacon was very fatty.

    The first day we had a packed breakfast, which was a sandwich, apple, yoghurt and a fruit drink.

    Lunch that day was open toasted sandwiches with a typical mystery meat salad. I presume it was eland from the day before. The next day we had a packed lunch which we ate at Ganab. This lunch included a mystery meat schniztel, which was quite tasty if not a bit greasy!

    Our first evening meal the waitress served our starter and took our wine order then the buffet was open after and we had eland stroganof which was quite good but nothing special. The next night we had oryx goulash, again nothing special. All served with rice ot pots. and salad, which is quite okay to eat. I can't remember what the starters were but the desserts were superb and very English. On the whole all desserts in Namibia were delish and I'm not really one with a sweet tooth!

    The wines excellent, the beer is good too!

    Favorite Dish: I preferred the goulash to the stroganof!

    Breakfast in the Namib desert!
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Namib-Naukluft Park Nightlife

  • The sky at night

    There was a bar at the the lodge and a terrace that overlooked a waterhole that was floodlit. A few people stayed at the bar drinking but as we always had an early start we headed to our bungalow early. But for me the night life here is just listening to noise of the animals, birds and bugs. It was a bit disappointing that we had cloud as I was...

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  • Bonfire...

    There´s nothing like spend a night in the desert near a bonfire, but if you´re looking for nightlife, there´s a bar in the camp with cool beers and a pool table.

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  • Munchie May Visit Your Camp

    Every night in Sesreim camp, small herds of springbok role in to eat the pods fallen from the trees. They are very accustomed to people. Their chewing is quite loud and you may here it off on all night.

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Namib-Naukluft Park Transportation

  • Namib Explorer with African Routes

    There are really only two options for visiting the Namib Nauluft National Park and Namibia in general. One option is to hire a car which is great because it gives you flexibility and allows you to go where you want when you want. This can be expensive unless you have a several people to split the cost.The other option is to take a tour with an...

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  • Organised tours.

    The best way to visit this remote area (and if you don´t have a car) is using organised tours. There are different kind of tours for all budgets. I chose Wild Dog and Crazy Kudu tours, it was a really great experience, good food, good tents and a friendly and profesional staff, highly recommended.

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  • Shuttle to the Deathvlei.

    In case you don´t want to walk from the parking area near dune 45 to the Deathvlei (5kms walk), there are small trucks doing the shuttle to the vlei.

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Namib-Naukluft Park Shopping

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    Curios and souvenirs

    by nigelw6443 Updated Dec 1, 2006

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    Most lodges have their own Curio or Souvenir shop.

    The prices are not bad but the usual thing is that you will find what you are after later on and cheaper!

    If you have just started your tour or safari you may not wish to carry things around with you but if something really catches your eye then buy it.

    What to buy: There are all sorts of things for sale from the usual carved wooden animals, which I add, can be found everywhere, to bottles with desert sand in! Don't buy too much if you have to carry it for the rest of your trip!

    What to pay: There is no bartering on the price..and prices are never too much.

    The curio shop, Solitaire, Namibia.
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Namib-Naukluft Park Local Customs

  • THE SUNDOWNER

    A Sundowner is a delightful expression used across Southern Africa to describe having and adult beverage at sun down. Of course it can be any time, but the best time to do so is at sunset watching a beautiful African sky. This can be enjoyed anywhere. All you need is: You, a few friends (optional but preferred), a drink and nature. Please have a...

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  • The Sundowner!

    When in Africa it goes without saying! The "Sundowner" is definately a part of everyday life when on safari. I think I was the only Brit when we ventured in two 4x4's for our evening game drive. The others were German, but when it came to "Sundowner" time our guide set up a table with snacks and we had juice and beer whilst he poured the...

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  • Weaver bird nests

    You can litterally find them anywhere, it just has to be above the ground.Trees and Quivertrees and Telefone poles (a nest with cable, isn´t that nice?)The Telefone poles you can find crossing this wide country like the net of civilisation. Mostly they follow the roads.The nests can get real huge, too. I have seen trees crashed under them. It seems...

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Namib-Naukluft Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't wander off existing roads and...

    Deserts may be harsh places, but they are actually incredibly fragile ecosystems which often takes years - and even decades - to recover from damage. A stark illustration of this is that if you look at aerial photographs of the southern Namib in the Sperrgebeit area (to which public access is forbidden), you can still clearly make out the tracks...

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  • Camera graveyard

    No matter what precautions you take your camera is going to be silted with the omnipresent sands of the Namib. After a week in the desert your camera will not be as dependable as before and you will have to take it for cleaning. Maybe the best option is to take new camera, (with two cameras you will be more secure for the rest of the journey) still...

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  • TAKE DOUBLE THE WATER

    Estimate how much water you will need – then double it. This is the driest place on the planet of the earth and once you have driven the 45 kilometres to Sossusvlei for example, you have no ability to get more. I travelled with a small group and they wanted to take 2 litres per person for a day out. I insisted on 4 per person. I was right. We drank...

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Namib-Naukluft Park Tourist Traps

  • THE FUZZY DIGITAL PHOTOS

    You take a lot of photos in the middle of a bright cloudless day and they look great. In fact, some of the best pictures you have ever taken. You see the display on your camera and think Wow! Then that night or the next day you look again. They look slightly odd. Then you get home and throw them on your computer and they seem fuzzy. Lots of your...

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  • Soussouvlei the truth about it :-)

    Since Namibia isnt (yet) so much into tourism, it's not easy to find a real tourist trap, and Soussouvlei is a really nice place to go, BUT:be warned. The road that goes in (and out, since it is only one) is 67 km long, the last 5 km are only permitted if you have a 4WD (and believe it, you will need it, since it is only sand there).The road was...

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Namib-Naukluft Park What to Pack

  • TOILET PAPER

    I really hope you read this before you leave to come here. There are no stores out here and there is no water. You will be lucky to even have this kind of privacy. I suggest those wet-wipe products. At the very least have some tissue.

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  • Plenty of film

    Soft bags are better than sturdy suitcases and keep the weight down. Light clothing, if you hike, good shoes or boots something warm for the cold evenings. A waterproof can be a good idea especially for Swakupmund. A hat to keep the sun off your head and naturally sunnies! Sunscreen is very important also is mosquito repellent Bring plenty of...

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  • Bring warm clothes.

    The desert is very hot during the day, but it get´s chilly at night, bring warm clothes and of course comfortable shoes.

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Namib-Naukluft Park Off The Beaten Path

  • DO NOT GO OFF THE BEATEN PATH

    Don’t even think about it. You will die of thirst. Stark isn’t it. The National Park is huge and going off on your own means no one will ever find your bleached bones. No one will know you are missing or look for you. Throughout the majority of the Sand Dune Sea there is no source water or shade. So stay on the path or ‘road’.

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  • From Swakopmund to Etosha

    From Swakopmund to Etosha via DamaralandDue to some flat tires in the middle of the desert (we had to wait many hours before repairing) we couldn't reach our hotel in Etosha on time because it is forbidden to driving during the night.So we had a stop in "Twijfelfontein" - i admit a luxuous hotel and interesting place.In Twijfelfontein you can find...

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  • Discover Hiden Vlei

    Okay, this place is already off the beaten bath, so how to get off even further? Well Hidden Vlei is comparable to the more famous Dead Vlei, and even though it is a little easier to get to, there tends to be no one visiting.This place is a dead end to the Tsauchab River and is covered in white cracked earth and a few dead trees.It is located 2kms...

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Namib-Naukluft Park General

  • THE GROUP MEAL

    This could have been a real disaster. I gave 3 people a ride here from Windhoek and had absolutely no supplies except 2 litres of 8 year old Scottish Whiskey. And bottles of water. They have a small shop here with VERY limited supplies and no restaurant at the Sesriem Campsite. I bought the few tins of luncheon meat that they had and some beans...

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  • Photography

    Iwas equipped with a 35-55mm and 80-300mm. I also had skylight filters on both although I think a good option would be a polarizer filter. The filters are not only good for cutting out UV rays and improving the colours but they also protect your lens. The dust gets everywhere!A cleaning kit is essential! I was cleaning my camera every day but still...

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  • Clothing

    When we had finished our packed breakfast it was time to climb the dune. They tell you to protect yourself from the sun, which is a good idea. We were there fairly early in the morning so the sun was not at it's hottest but make sure you have some good sun scrren a hat and sunglasses. I wasn't sure what to do about footwear so I had my docs on....

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