Visitors arriving in Namibia via Hosea Kutako International Airport near Windhoek can either rent a vehicle and drive the 360km (223mi) or join an organised tour, accessing the Namib-Naukluft National Park within which Sossusvlei is located, via the gate at Sesriem. The drive should take about five hours. For self-drive visitors, a 2WD vehicle is sufficient on the main routes. For minor roads, a permit and a 4×4 vehicle are required. For those wishing to fly into the area, Africa’s Eden travel members can plan your trip, including all your travel and accommodation arrangements.
Visitors to Etosha can visit in 2WD vehicles, but 4WD is recommended. There is a good tar road all the way from Windhoek to the entrance at Andersson’s Gate, after which roads are all gravel. Many visitors arrive in Namibia at Hosea Kutako International Airport and rent a 4×4 vehicle (essential if you’d like to explore the Western section of the park). Distances are vast, and services along the way are sparse, so good planning is essential.
Alternatively, book a fly-in safari, taking a chartered flight from Windhoek to one of three airstrips in the park.