Sossusvlei Lodge - Activities

Sundowner/Nature Drive

Depart from Sossusvlei Lodge in the late afternoon on a leisurely drive on the Lodge's private reserve.

Watch the shadows lengthen as your guide takes you out to a panoramic location where sundowner drinks will be served as you relax and watch the spectacular sunset.

The inner tranquility that a desert sunset imparts while you sit amongst nature is really something special...

2020 : ZAR 325 per person (min. 2 pax)

Sossusvlei & Deadvlei Excursion 

An early start from the Lodge to enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best.

You will travel in one of our all-terrain URI Gameviewer vehicles, custom-built in Namibia for the Lodge, with your own specially trained guide who will share all his knowledge of the area, animals, plant life and much more with you.

Regular stops are made on the spectacular ±60 kilometre drive through the dune corridor down to the Vlei to gain information or take in the vistas.


At Dune 45, we make a stop to view the the world's most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2,6 kilometer round-trip guided walk up to Dead Vlei is a must for the healthy visitors.


The more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of Big Daddy Dune, one of the highest dunes in this area! We spend time exploring Sossusvlei before returning to the Lodge approximately 5½ hours later in time for lunch.

2020 : ZAR 875 per person (min 4 pax)

Quad Buggy Nature Trail

A wonderful and different way to experience the spectacular local surrounds.

We depart from the Lodge in the late afternoon with our Quad Buggies for a slow nature drive on our private lodge reserve. Enjoy breath-taking views over the Desert grass plains with occasional photo stops where our knowledgeable guides explain the Desert fauna and flora.

We go higher up to the foothills to watch a spectacular sunset whilst enjoying non-alcoholic sundowner drinks and then make our way back to the lodge just before dark.

Compulsory: All guests wishing to participate and drive a buggy MUST have a valid driver's licence.

Child Policy: Children aged 6 – 18 can accompany an adult in the passenger seat.

2020 : ZAR 795 per person (min 4 pax)

Helicopter Flights 

Discover the majesty of the Namib Desert by Helicopter!

Our Pilots are well experienced and will guide you through the scenery on an adventurous and informative flight.

We offer a range of scenic flights over the breath-taking grass plains to the towering dunes of Sossusvlei and the hidden mysteries of Deadvlei. Exciting flips over the Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45 and Elim Dune as well as custom built flights for photographers that wish to focus on specific areas of the Namib.

Quotation on request.

Scenic Flights

Desert Air have a well-maintained 5-seater Cessna 210 light aircraft permanently based on the Sossusvlei Lodge property along with an experienced pilot who also doubles as a trained "aerial" desert guide.

Quotation on request.

Hot Air Ballooning 

"Up, up and away" as you sail silently over the reddish dune sea of the Namib. Add an exhilarating dimension to your visit to the desert.

The duration of the excursion is approximately 3½ hours. The Hot Air Balloon flight itself takes about one hour and ends with an exclusive Champagne Breakfast at the landing spot in scenic nature. The Breakfast is followed by a Nature drive back to Sossusvlei Lodge.

Special group rates apply for groups of min 24 pax, max 110 pax.

Due to the desert temperatures this activity is offered in the mornings only. Guests are collected at the lodge ½ hour before sunrise. The balloon rises as the sun rises. The first light hour of the day is known to be the most spectacular, especially in the desert with the rich contrast of colour and shape on the towering sand dunes of the Sossusvlei Area, on the vast desert plains and surrounding mountain ranges.


Children wishing to participate must be over 120 cm (1.2 m) in height

Smaller children are welcome to follow the balloon with our ground crew in our retrieving 4 x 4 vehicle and join the parent at landing for the champagne breakfast

All persons must be able to stand up during the flight.

Guided Elim Dune Nature Walk

The guided nature walk starts at sunrise, departing from the Lodge and takes place on and around the spectacular Elim Dune Belt.

Our knowledgeable guides focus on the small things often overlooked – nocturnal animal tracks, plant species and smaller wildlife.

2020 : ZAR 510 per person

Sesriem Canyon Guided Walk

Explore the remarkable depths of Sesriem Canyon. Our experienced guides will share the history behind this magnificent natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab River

2020 : ZAR 400 per person