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DESTINATION 44: Sossus / Sesriem

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Sossus Oasis Campsite and Shop

Luxury camp sites at the entrance gate to Sesriem and Sossusvlei - the area well known for the towering red sand dunes of the Namib Desert and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.

Treasure the ambience of the Namib Desert - under the star studded skies, to the tune of the barking gecko and far cry of a jackal.

The Sossus Oasis Camp Site offers shaded individual sites, each with its own toilet, basin, hot/cold shower, barbeque, kitchen wash-up facility and electricity.

You can enjoy the magnificent views from your paved veranda or relax in the sparkling pool situated in the centre of the campsite.

A fuel and service station, tyre workshop, stocked utility shop and Internet café is available at the adjacent Sossus Oasis Service Station.

Meals and adventure activities may be booked at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge.

Distance from:
Windhoek - 330km
Swakopmund - 346km
Walvis Bay - 315km
Lüderitz - 506km
Vioolsdrif - 686km / 740km via Keetmanshoop and Maltahöhe
Cape Town - 1366km
Johannesburg - 1636km

Directions from Noordoewer To Sossus Oasis Camp Site
(via Grünau, Keetmanshoop, Mariental, Maltahöhe & Hammerstein)

There are a number of alternative routes to follow from the South African - Namibian border to Sossus Oasis Camp Site.
However, the route described below makes optimum use of good asphalt surfaced roads and allows one to travel at the maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour for a greater distance. The average maximum recommended speed over gravel surfaces is 80 kilometres per hour.

o Once you have passed through the South African (Vioolsdrif) and Namibian (Noordoewer) custom posts on either side of the Orange River, leave Noordoewer on the B1 North.
o Travel for 139 kilometres to Grünau and then a further 163 kilometres on the B1 to Keetmanshoop. This is a major town en-route and a stop here is recommended. Refuel, stretch the legs and obtain refreshments.
o Please note that not all refuelling points indicated on the local maps at small towns are always still there or have fuel available. Always stay on the safe side and refuel at major towns along the way.
o Continue on the B1 for another 217 kilometres past Tses, Asab and Gibeon turn-off to just before the town of Mariental. Turn left onto the C19 at the Maltahöhe intersection (Tjunction). If you are not sure of your fuel status, rather continue on to Mariental at this point and refuel there. There is a large well-kept service station with restaurant and shop.
o Travel for 109 kilometres on the C19 to Maltahöhe - this is an asphalt surface all the way. It is recommended that you refuel or just top-up here - there are no more petrol stations along the route until Sossus Oasis!
o Leave Maltahöhe on the C19 and turn left at the T-junction onto the C14 South (Sossusvlei/Helmeringhausen) - the gravel surface commences here.
o Travel for 20 kilometres to the C19 Solitaire via Zaris turn off (T-junction) and turn right. There is a white board with "Sossusvlei" written in green on it on the corner of the C19 here.
o Travel for 145 kilometres over the Zarishoogte (Zaris Heights) Pass and past Hammerstein to the D826 Sossusvlei /Sesriem intersection (T-junction). It is highly recommended that you reduce speed on the gravel surface over the Zarishoogte Pass itself as the road is steep and narrow in places.
o Turn left onto the D826 and travel for 12 kilometres.
o The entrance to Sossus Oasis is on the left-hand side of the road.

Directions from Lüderitz To Sossus Oasis
(via Helmeringhausen & Hammerstein)

o Leave Lüderitz on the B4 that goes to Keetmanshoop.
o Travel for 125 kilometres to the intersection (T-junction) at Aus. Turn left onto the C13 - the gravel surface begins here.
o Travel for 107 kilometres to Helmeringhausen. It is recommended that you refuel here.
o Backtrack for 4 kilometres and turn right onto the C27.
o Travel past Sinclair Guest Farm to the T-junction at Betta Rest Camp and turn left, continuing on the C27.
o Continue on past Wereldsend and Mountain Lodge to the D826 Sossusvlei /Sesriem T-junction.
o The entrance to Sossus Oasis is on the right-hand side of the road.


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