Sossusvlei Day Trip A Guided Excursion (Including Deadvlei)

On our Guided Sossusvlei day trip, you’ll find yourself immersed in the unparalleled beauty of Namibia’s desert landscape, surrounded by the iconic red sand dunes that have become a symbol of the region.

As you set out on this remarkable journey, be prepared to be awed by the diverse flora and fauna, as well as the breathtaking geological wonders that await you.

During your adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the highlights of the whole Sossusvlei region.

With the guidance of an experienced tour leader, you’ll uncover the secrets of Deadvlei, a clay pan dotted with centuries-old camel thorn trees, marvel at the imposing Big Daddy dune, and stroll along the picturesque Sesriem Canyon.

As you traverse this exquisite terrain, keep your eyes peeled for the unique wildlife, such as oryx, springbok, and ostriches that have adapted to the harsh conditions.

As you plan your guided day trip, make sure to pack appropriately for the desert climate. Expect fluctuating temperatures, with chilly mornings and evenings and warm to hot afternoons.

Bring along sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout your excursion. With thoughtful preparation and anticipation for the wonders that lie ahead, your journey to Sossusvlei promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Price N$2500 per person

Sossusvlei Overview

During your guided day trip, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty and diversity that this iconic desert region has to offer.

Here are some key aspects of Sossusvlei you will encounter along the way.

Geographical Features

When you visit Sossusvlei, you’ll be amazed by the striking sand dunes that are its most prominent feature. These dunes, some of the highest in the world, boast a stunning red hue due to the oxidation of the iron-rich sands over thousands of years.

Don’t forget to bring your camera!

You’ll also come across the clay pans, like the famous Deadvlei, which are flat, white expanses scattered throughout the area. These pans were formed as a result of the ephemeral rivers that flow through the region every few years.

Keep an eye out for the gnarled, long-dead camel thorn trees preserved in the Deadvlei pan – they make for a surreal and unique photo opportunity.

Flora and Fauna

Despite the seemingly hostile environment of Sossusvlei, the region is home to a variety of uniquely adapted plants and animals. As you explore, be on the lookout for the following:

  • Plants: The desert-adapted camelthorn tree, Acacia erioloba, is a striking example of flora in this area, providing much-needed shade and sustenance for wildlife.
  • Animals: You might be surprised to discover that the deserts of Sossusvlei support a variety of animal life. Be on the lookout for the elusive oryx or springbok, two antelope species known for their resilience in this harsh landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for smaller creatures, too, such as the golden wheel spider or the Namaqua chameleon, which can change its colour to suit its surroundings.

By the end of your guided day trip to Sossusvlei, you’ll have gained a deeper appreciation for the unique landscape and the fascinating plants, birds and animals that call this region home.

With your camera filled with unforgettable memories, it’s no wonder Sossusvlei is considered one of the highlights of Southern Africa.

Agama Lodge to Sossusvlei

Departure and Arrival Times

Your guided day trip to Sossusvlei from Agama Lodge begins early in the morning, with departure at around 5:30 am. This early start ensures that you get to experience the striking colours and changing landscapes of the desert at sunrise. Your journey to Sossusvlei typically takes around 1.5 to 2 hours.

You’ll have plenty of time to explore and soak in the breathtaking views, with the whole round trip lasting until mid afternoon. Expect to return to Agama Lodge around 2:30 pm.


During your guided day trip to Sossusvlei, you will be transported in a comfortable, air-conditioned 4×4 vehicle.

This type of transportation is ideal for handling the rugged terrain of the Namib Desert, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey. Your experienced guide will navigate the challenging conditions while sharing valuable insights on the fascinating natural features of the desert, including its unique flora and fauna.

Exploring Sossusvlei

Guided Tour Programme

Expect a well-planned and informative experience. Your day begins with an early morning pick-up, so you can witness the stunning sunrise over the desert landscape.

A professional tour guide will accompany you, enriching your adventure with their knowledge of the area.

Throughout the day, you’ll be travelling in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle, stopping at key attractions and beautiful viewpoints. Beverage breaks and a picnic lunch will be provided, giving you the opportunity to relax, take in the scenery, and regain your energy.

Key Attractions

  • Dune 45: Your first stop will be at the iconic Dune 45. At 170 metres, it’s a popular challenge for visitors to climb, allowing you to witness unparalleled views of the surrounding landscape. Be sure to have your camera ready, as the vivid colours and ever-changing shadows make for unforgettable photos.
  • Deadvlei: Next, you’ll head to Deadvlei, an eerie white clay pan surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world. This surreal attraction features ancient, dead trees that stand in stark contrast to the vibrant orange dunes. Take some time to explore and appreciate the striking beauty of this unique location.
  • Sossusvlei: Finally, you’ll arrive at Sossusvlei itself, one of the most photographed places in Southern Africa. This salt and clay pan are nestled between towering sand dunes, boasting a diverse ecosystem despite its arid surroundings. Keep an eye out for the various species of plants and animals that call the area home.

Throughout your guided day trip, remember to wear comfortable clothing, apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated. Your tour will conclude with a leisurely drive back to Agama Lodge, where you can reflect on the lasting memories you’ve made during your unforgettable Sossusvlei adventure.

Lunch and Refreshments

During your trip, you can expect a well-planned lunch and refreshment to refuel your energy. As you embark on your adventure, your guide will provide you with bottled water, keeping you hydrated throughout the journey.

The lunch typically consists of a variety of delicious local fare. You might enjoy scrumptious sandwiches, fresh fruits, and tasty salads.

Be prepared to taste some traditional Namibian dishes, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the cultural experience of Sossusvlei.

On top of the culinary delights, you’ll also be able to enjoy the stunning landscapes provided by mother nature as you dine al fresco.

Your guide will choose a picturesque spot where you can appreciate the spectacular vistas.

Health and Safety Tips

Before embarking from Agama Lodge, it’s essential to prepare and take certain health and safety precautions. Planning ahead can ensure you have an enjoyable and safe experience in the desert.

First and foremost, stay hydrated. The arid climate of the desert can quickly lead to dehydration, especially during the hotter months.

Make sure you pack plenty of water for the day trip, and drink regularly even if you don’t feel thirsty. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least two litres of water throughout the day.

Equally important is protecting yourself from the sun. The desert sun can be quite harsh, so apply sunscreen with a high SPF before starting your trip, and reapply as needed. Wearing a hat with a wide brim, sunglasses, and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing can also prevent sunburn and overheating.

When walking in the desert, it’s essential to wear appropriate footwear. Closed-toe shoes with sturdy soles will keep your feet protected from sharp rocks and hot sand. Avoid wearing flip-flops or sandals as they can be uncomfortable and increase your risk of injury.

Another key tip is to follow your guide’s instructions. Your guide is knowledgeable about the area and will provide you with important information about the environment, what to watch out for, and any potential hazards. Trust their expertise and always stay with your group to avoid getting lost or injured.

Lastly, be aware of the desert wildlife. While most creatures in the desert are not a threat to humans, some can be dangerous if provoked or disturbed. Keep a safe distance from any animals you encounter and follow your guide’s advice on how to properly observe and interact with them.

By following these health and safety tips, you’ll be well-prepared for your exciting journey through the beautiful Sossusvlei desert landscape. Enjoy the stunning views and unique experiences, knowing that you’re taking the necessary precautions to ensure a safe and memorable adventure.

If you are looking for more things to do in the Namib desert, please check out the activities we have available for you.


How to book: Please book in advance through our reservation office by clicking the button below

Frequently Asked Questions

What to wear on the trip?

It’s important to dress comfortably and appropriately for the desert climate. Lightweight, breathable clothing is recommended, as well as a hat and sunglasses for sun protection. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes for walking on sand.

How long is the drive?

The initial drive from Agama Lodge to Sossusvlei typically takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the road conditions. It is a beautiful journey through the desert landscape, which you will enjoy as your knowledgeable guide shares information about the area.

Are meals included?

Yes, meals are usually included. A packed breakfast and a delicious lunch will be provided during the excursion. Remember to inform the lodge of any dietary requirements or preferences in advance.

What sights will be visited?

During your day trip, you will visit some of the most iconic sights in the Sossusvlei area. These include the majestic dunes, Deadvlei, and possibly Sesriem Canyon. Your guide will ensure you have ample time to explore, photograph, and fully appreciate the beauty of this unique desert landscape.

We also offer a variety of walks and activities for guests during their stay at Agama.

Is a park entrance fee included?

Namib Naukluft Park entrance permit fees are typically included in the price of the guided day trip.

Recommended preparation?

Before embarking on your Sossusvlei day trip, ensure that you are well-rested and have all necessary items packed and ready to go. Charge your camera, pack extra batteries, and bring along some snacks and water for the journey. Listen to your guide’s instructions, and most importantly, get ready to enjoy a memorable day of exploring the stunning Sossusvlei region!