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Explore Sesriem Canyon: a geological gem in the Namib Desert

Set off to explore this 30-metre-deep canyon – it’s like something from an Indiana Jones film…

By Helen Austin
Purchasing Manager for Alfred&

Discover Sesriem Canyon, a geological gem in the middle of the Namib Desert. Although often overshadowed by nearby Sossusvlei, Sesriem is a natural treasure in its own right, located on the border of Namib-Naukluft National Park. We recommend a guided tour of this 30-metre-deep canyon – it’s like something from an Indiana Jones film.

As you peer down into the orange depths, learn how water from the Tsauchab River carved the canyon over 15 million years. Early settlers in the area found this vital water source and used six (ses) leather ropes (riem) tied together to lower a bucket into the canyon and collect water, hence the name. Today, Sesriem is usually dry and will flood only after heavy rain, but when this does happen, you can enjoy a swim in this otherworldly environment.

Take a hike in the base of the canyon and your guide will point out the multi-coloured layers of rock, which geologists have used to trace the history of the Namib Desert. It feels like you’re tunnelling through the earth. Sesriem is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset, when golden rays illuminate the rock, creating a warm, buttery glow. Sit atop the canyon with a cool sundowner, taking in views of Namib’s shifting desert sands.

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Alfred & Helen Austin

Helen was fascinated by travel from an early age, avidly watching holiday programmes and dreaming of future travel plans. Fantasy became reality when she joined Kuoni just over 20 years ago, and she has continued to explore ever since. She fell in love with Africa on her first safari experience in Zambia, watching an elephant herd meander across a dusty track as the sun set dramatically. Subsequent trips to South Africa, Namibia, and Kenya have further fuelled her passion for the wildlife, diverse cultures, and beautiful landscapes of her favourite continent.

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Contact us and one of our UK team will help shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. Someone like Malcolm who's travelled extensively in Namibia. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the expert guides who can help you spot rare animals or the fat bike enthusiasts who can take you on a cycling adventure through the Namib Desert. Give us a call, set up and appointment or enquire online to start planning your tailor-made Namibia holiday.

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