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Exploring the Namib Desert

By Viator, September 2014

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Namibia is a country that’s full of breathtaking scenery—from wide-open savannas to steep canyons, there are few places on earth where the desolate landscape is as beautiful. Perhaps nowhere in this country is this truer than the Namib Desert, where brilliant blue skies meet brilliant orange sands and the iconic dunes back right up to the Atlantic Ocean.

Travelers can explore the unforgiving landscape of this 80 million-year-old desert in multiple ways—from horseback riding across vast stretches of the Namib to dune boarding down the towering hills at top speeds or blazing across the desert sand atop roaring quad bikes. Dead Vlei, a sand pan, is an incredible destination where dead trees stretch unexpectedly out of desert sands and leave visitors with an idea of what the end of the world just might look like. Visitors can drive down the long stretch of highway, where the Namib Desert reaches far into the distance on one side and the Atlantic Ocean meets the horizon on the other. Travelers can also head to iconic Sossusvlei, where Dune 45, perhaps the most photographed destination in Namibia, makes for a popular place to catch sunrise or sunset. 

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Namib Desert 4x4 Tour from Swakopmund

Experience the rare and rugged beauty of the Namib Desert on a 5.5-hour tour from Swakopmund. Head out to the dunes in a 4x4 vehicle with an expert guide to ...  Read more

Location: Swakopmund, Namibia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $96.13

Quad Bike Tour of the Namib Desert

Ride around the dramatic red-sand dunes of the Namib Desert during a 3-hour quad bike experience. At Walvis Bay, listen to a safety briefing and then follow a ...  Read more

Location: Swakopmund, Namibia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.41

7-Day Southern Namibia Tour from Windhoek: Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Fish River Canyon and Walvis Bay

Discover the wild and diverse beauty of southern Namibia on this 7-day, small-group tour from Windhoek. Experience the savannas of the Kalahari Desert, and ...  Read more

Location: Windhoek, Namibia
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $1,830.68

2-Night Namibia Sossusvlei Desert Adventure

Experience the desert wonders of Sossusvlei in Namib-Naukluft National Park on this 2-night tour from Windhoek or Swakopmund. Marvel at the majestic red dunes, ...  Read more

Location: Windhoek, Namibia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $487.68

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