266. Sesriem Canyon, Sesriem, Namibia
You’ve perhaps been to Grand Canyon in the U.S., these are not as wide and large, but stands on their own. I did this trip compliments of Wild Dog Safaris in Windhoek, Namibia and was well pleased.
Sesriem Canyon is located in southern Namibia in the 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 Canyon.
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 Park. 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
The Park, Namib-Naukluft National Park, has rooms for rent and also campsites. These can be done online or via phone. 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 camping supplies. The Park gates closes at sunset and opens at or just before sunrise for your protection from the animals in the wild.
You can find a list of accommodations in the Sossusvlei area here.
Where To Eat
If you are camping, you have to provide your own food. There is a gas station just outside the Park with food supplies. In addition, you can get food from nearby Solitaire.
There is also a restaurant on site in the Park. You may also opt for food options if you rent a room which you can do from the campsite or a nearby Lodge that is just outside 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. Speaking of water, you can drink the water from the tap at your campsite. I did and its fine. It may taste a bit different as you’re not accustomed to it though.
What To Do
See the canyon. You can walk down into the canyon and see it in all its glory. I used Wild Dog Safaris and my Guide took care of getting us there as well as taking us into the canyon. Of course you can do the walk by yourself. The canyon is in the Namib-Naukluft National Park so there is a fee to enter the Park.
Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD) pegged to the South African African rand ZAR
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