Think of Sesriem not as a town but as a gateway to Namib-Naukluft National Park – quite literally: You’ll find a gate, a fuel station and a number of lodges and campsites. However, Sesriem is most famous for its exquisite and unique canyon.

Sesriem is a small desert settlement near the southern reaches of the Naukluft Mountains. The outpost situated in the heart of the Namib Desert is a great access point for visitors to explore the Namib-Naukluft National Park. However, Sesriem is most famous for its exquisite and unique canyon. The Tsauchab River has shaped the Sesriem Canyon over a period of millions of years and it is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. Sesriem is a great place to stay awhile and explore the surroundings, or to pitstop and grab the essentials.

Highlights

Hike to the two-million year old Sesriem Canyon and explore the caves and desert pools.
Gaze into the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond with virtually no light pollution to disrupt you.
Explore the Namib-Naukluft National Park and experience its wildlife and beautiful landscapes featuring stunning dunes.
Sip on a refreshment and watch the glowing sunset from a desert dune.
View the Namib Desert from above on a hot air balloon flight over the orange expanse.

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Best time to go to Sesriem

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The best time to travel to Sesriem is between May and September—this marks the fall and winter months in Namibia. Thus, it is less hot and more comfortable for visitors during the day. However, between July and November the area experiences its high season which causes it to be busier and more expensive to venture to Sesriem. Visitors looking for low-season rates should consider visiting between December and June, however this is the period with the highest temperatures.

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Dead Valley Lodge

Luxury tented chalets with panoramic views of the Namib deserts towering dunes
From$213 /ppn
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