An early morning rise with a snack before leaving enables you to arrive at Sesriem, the Park’s gate at around sunrise. The route leads along and across the Tsauchab dry riverbed, which has found a way through the dunes until it reaches the clay pan – the Sossusvlei. The early morning sun offers spectacular pastel colors in the star-shaped dunes. Your first stop will be at Dune 45 before we continue to the Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan, enclosed by gigantic mountains of sand, including the world’s highest dunes. Climb one of these dunes – there are plenty – and you might be overwhelmed by the sight of the dynamic and living desert! Breakfast will be served in form of a picnic under one of the shady camel thorn trees, before you continue to the base of the ‘Dead Vlei’. It is quite a walk over patches of dunes that are crossing your way. When you arrive, you will be rewarded for your efforts – the scenery is awesome! The pan is punctuated by blackened, dead acacia trees, in vivid contrast to the shiny white salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes. We will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a 30-meter-deep rift, before we return to our lodge for a late lunch. During the late afternoon, a sundowner-drive to the natural marble mountains on this 25,000-ha private nature reserve is included. Gaze at the multitudes of stars and soak in the silence and solitude of the Namib Desert at night.