One of the less-known sites inside Namib-Naukluft National Park often referred to as Sossusvlei, is Sesriem Canyon. This is a shame as this stunning canyon is definitely worth a visit if you are spending more days in Sossusvlei or even if you only have 1 day in Sossusvlei. Over millions of years, the canyon has been shaped by the Tsauchab River. In a few places around the canyon it even still holds water year-round. The canyon was named by the early Afrikaan explorers in the region. They had to use six (“ses”) leather straps (“riem”) that were tied together to lower buckets into the canyon to get water. Thereby giving it its name Sesriem Canyon. You might find the canyon narrow at places, but it is definitely worth visiting these beautiful rock formations.
Everything you need to know for a visit to Sesriem Canyon
When you travel around the world and visit numerous attractions there are almost always some things that you wished you had known before you visited. To help you with some useful information we have gathered everything you need to know for a visit to Sesriem Canyon in Sossusvlei.
Getting to Sesriem Canyon
When you arrive through Sesriem Gate you must turn left after the gate. You will see a sign pointing towards Sesriem Canyon. From here you must drive about 4,5 kilometers on a gravel road till you end up at a parking area. From here you are able to walk down into the canyon.
To visit Sesriem Canyon you must enter Namib-Naukluft National Park. The opening hours of the park are from sunrise to sunset every day of the week. The more specific times for sunrise and sunset can be found at the gate upon arrival, as they change every week.
The entrance fee to the national park is 150 NAD for a foreign visitor plus a 50 NAD car permit. As 2 foreigners and 1 car, we paid 350 NAD as an entrance fee to the park.
Time spent exploring Sesriem Canyon in Sossusvlei
Sesriem Canyon is actually quite big. Therefore, you need a good number of hours if you want to explore all of it. We would recommend you set aside 1 to 2 hours for your visit to Sesriem Canyon. This will allow you to explore the rock formations, take breaks during your visit, and admire this stunning place.
Best time to visit Sesriem Canyon
The best time to visit Sesriem Canyon is in the afternoon. Especially if you want to visit some of the more famous attractions in Sossusvlei, such as Big Daddy and Deadvlei. Another great thing about the canyon is that during the hours of the afternoon you will find a lot of shadows. Which is so nice if you have been outside in the sun since the early morning hours.