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The “Sossusvlei Excursion” 630km’s = day trip

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July 20, 2018

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The "Sossusvlei Excursion" 630km’s = day trip

This is a popular day-trip starting from Swakopmund we take you in a light aircraft over the Namib Desert, past the Walvis Bay Airport to the Kuiseb river. Low-level along the Kuiseb river onto the Desert Ecological Research Unit, Gobabeb founded in 1959. Passing Tsondabvlei, the only known breeding area of the Lappet faced Vulture in southern Namibia, towards Sesriem and the Sesriem Canyon. Landing at Sesriem you will be driven in a 4×4 vehicle to the highest shifting sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. No part of the desert is visually more stunning than Sossusvlei. The warm tints of the sand range from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, vividly contrasting with the large white clay pans at some of their bases. Admire, climb and photograph the scenery and enjoy refreshment in the shade of a camelthorn tree. When you are ready, return to Sossusvlei Lodge at Sesriem for lunch. After lunch transfer to Sesriem landing strip. We continue our flight via Sossusvlei the highest shifting sand dunes in the world. From Sossusvlei into the Diamond Restricted Area flying over the remains of three old diamond camps and crossing the coastline at Conception Bay, passing colonies of Cape Fur seals, the shipwreck of the passenger liner “Eduard Bohlen” stranded in 1909, she lies 250m away from the shore. Further along the coast another shipwreck, the “Shaunee” stranded in 1976. Along the coast with the Atlantic surf on the one side and the “long wall” (Namib Dunes) on the other, we reach Sandwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance and protected by the Ramsar Convention.The highest recorded density of Lesser and Greater flamingo‟s was recorded at low tide with 7 791 birds/km. In harmony with the surroundings we find Namibia’s coastal salt mines, south of Walvis Bay, attracting thousands of birds. Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major harbour town and a former enclave to South Africa, which was incorporated into Namibia on March 1, 1994 is our next destination. Midway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund we pass the Langstrand Holiday Resort and the Dolphin Park Recreation Resort on our way back to Swakopmund.