267. Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Namibia
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Dune 45 is one of the many Dunes that are formed in the Namid desert. The allure is that you can climb to the top before sunrise and wait. Sometimes though, its foggy or there is a sandstorm. When I visited, it was foggy so I could not see the sunrise. It was still worth it though. I did this trip compliments of Wild Dog Safaris in Windhoek, Namibia.
Dune 45 is located in southern Namibia in the Namib desert. To get here you can first fly into Windhoek and then join your safari or your self-drive vehicle. It’s about a day’s drive away from Windhoek.
How To Get Here
No trains to this area.
The nearest comercial airport is the Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), home to Air Namibia (SW).
The following airlines serve the Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH):
Air France (AF), British Airways (BA), Condor (DE), Delta Air Lines (DL), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Eurowings (EW), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Qatar Airways (QR), SW, South African Airways (SA) and TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES (DT).
There is no bus service to the Dune.
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
This is the best way to experience the area. I worked with Wild Dog Safaris and did a camping trip which despite my first time camping and the fact that I hate camping turned out really well.
Where To Stay
Accommodations is pretty sparse in this area. There is a National Park in Sesriem that provides camping as well as as a few Lodges in the area. You can choose to rent a room or rent a campsite. As I took the trip with Wild Dog Safaris, I camped. Everything was organized by Wild Dog Safaris. If you camp on your own, you have to of course bring your own tent and other amping supplies. The Park gates closes at sunset and opens at or just before sunrise.
Where To Eat
There is a service station just outside the gates of the National Park that has supplies and you can also get supplies in the neighboring town of Solitaire. If you are camping, you have to provide your own food of course. There is also a restaurant in the Park. You may also opt for food options if you rent a room which you can do from the Park. When you camp with Wild Dog Safaris, all your meals are covered. You can of course bring your own food if you prefer. The driver will make stops on the way to the Park and you can purchase food items, drinks and water. You are free to drink alcohol in the Camping area.
What To Do
Get up early and head for the Dune. The goal is to catch the sunrise. Don’t be too alarmed if you have morning mist/fog or a dust storm that prohibits that. Just go with the flow.
Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD) pegged to the South African African rand ZAR
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