We drove from Windhoek, which took us about 6 hours with a very long stop in Solitaire. We did both a sunset and sunrise hike, which were definitely the highlights. In order to do that, you have to stay inside the park, which I definitely recommend.
We went on a holiday (Easter) weekend. The park was definitely busy, but it did not feel like there were massive amounts of tourists around. Several times during our day, we did not see other people, and were able to have places to ourselves.
We hiked Entim for sunset, which was beautiful. It's an easier hike so it's nice because you don't have to rush down to make it back out of the gate on time.
We then did Dune 45 for sunrise, which is a harder climb, but definitely worth it.
I recommend climbing Big Daddy as the view is amazing. Then you can run down the dune to Deadvlei from there.
The Canyon was ok. It's nice to do during the hot part of the day as you get some shade and it's an easy walk.
You can eat and drink anywhere you want inside the park. We set up our table at the bottom of Dune 45 after sunrise, and made breakfast. We also took happy hour drinks with us at sunset.
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