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Elegant Desert Lodge

Lodges near Sossusvlei - Namibia

Elegant Desert Lodge (previously called Betesda Lodge) is situated on beautiful farmland and is located 38kms from the gate to the NamibNaukluft Park. Guests are guaranteed a friendly, warm welcome just an hour's drive from Sesriem. An early start is required if you want to watch the sunrise on the way to Sossusvlei. Stay in well-maintained value-for-money desert accommodation, ideal for families with small children.

The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means "six belts", since the early settlers had to attach together six belts (made of oryx hides), in order to lower buckets down into the canyon to scoop up water, from the pools that were inaccessible to their livestock. The entrance gate to the Namib Desert and the dunes at Sossusvlei is at Sesriem, and so anyone visiting the park needs to pass through this point.

Sossusvlei is a clay pan - set amid huge piles of sand known as star dunes - in the central Namib Desert, and lies within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Fed by the Tsauchab River, it is known for the high, red sand dunes which surround it, forming part of the sand sea, which stretches just north of Luderitz to the Kuiseb River. Some of these dunes reach as high as 220m. Vegetation, such as the camelthorn tree, is watered by infrequent floods of the Tsauchab River, which slowly soak into the underlying clay.

Sossusvlei is one of 4 clay pans in the area, the others being The Dead Vlei, Hidden Vlei and Nara Vlei. A 60km tarred road runs along the Tsauchab valley, and access to the valley is from Sesriem. The road ends 4kms short of Sossusvlei, but 4x4 vehicles can go further. There is a shuttle transport service or if visitors prefer, it is safe to walk.

Elegant Desert Lodge has a restaurant/bar and a guest lounge. All meals are served buffet style and Namibian cuisine is the order of the day. There is a swimming pool, laundry service, disabled access and secure parking. Elegant Desert Lodge is also child-friendly.

Rooms were built with flat rocks from the mountains of Elegant Desert Lodge and have wonderful views over the Namib Desert. Overnight in 25 double rooms, some have double and others twin beds. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning.

Activities include the famous and spectacular sunrise Sossusvlei excursions. On the return journey, guests will take a short drive to walk through Sesriem Canyon. Sundowner drives and quad biking trips can also be arranged, the routes start and finish from the lodge.

Elegant Desert Lodge has it's own landing strip nearby, for transfers to and from the lodge for it's guests.

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activities at the lodge
An early morning start at around 05h30 heads to Dune 45 and on to the classic features at Sossusvlei. A visit to Sesriem Canyon follows returning around 14/15h00. Maximum 6 passengers.
Self-hike around the natural trails around the farm.
Sundowner/farm trip
Cattle and sheep are reared on the farm and oryx, kudu, zebra and springbok are resident in the area.
Quad biking
Elegant Desert Lodge have 5 quad bikes available. Your guide will lead you around the Naukluft Mountains, game viewing and stopping at suitable points to admire the view and quench your thirst at the same time.
activities in the area

Ballooning over Sossusvlei

Drift over the dune fields at Sossusvlei and enjoy a champagne breakfast wherever the wind takes you

Scenic Flights

light aircraft regularly depart on scenic flights over Sossusvlei and its surroundings

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Directions to the lodge

Elegant Desert Camp is situated 40 km south east of Sesriem. It is on the northern side of the D854, 5 km east of the junction with the C19.
Landing strip - Co-ordinates S2439.70 E0160.02

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Agama River Camp

Lovely rooms with rooftop terraces or a choice of campsites around 45km north of Sesriem

Desert Camp

Competitively priced self catering lodge - very close to the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park

Desert Homestead

Mid-range accommodation offering some of the best value for money in the area. Horse riding an added activity

Desert Homestead Outpost

A new addition on the same property as the Desert Homestead. Hiking & riding are popular activities here

Desert Quiver Camp

Well equipped rooms with self catering kitchens only 5 kilometers from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei. Kitchen utensils can be rented on site

Elegant Desert Lodge

A budget choice, catering for both larger groups and individual travellers

Dune Star Camp | Hiking

These rustic wooden cabins can only be reached as part of a guided walking trail originating at Namib Desert Lodge. perfect for those wanting to explore the desert on foot

Greenfire Desert Lodge

A small intimate lodge in an amazing part of the Namib Desert. While the lodge can be used as a base from which to visit the dunes at Sossusvlei, the tranquil and beautiful environment make it a destination in it's own right

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Mid range lodge located only 22km from the Sesriem gate to the Namib-Naukluft Park

Kulala Desert Lodge

Up-market lodge with private entrance to the dunes at Sossusvlei

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa

Moroccan inspired architecture seems strangely out of place in Namibia. The location, spa and general amenities are good.

Little Kulala

Luxury lodge with guided tour to the dunes using the lodges own private entrance, excellent choice for those looking for a little extra luxury

Little Sossus Lodge

Reasonable value for money - on the main route to Sossusvlei

Moon Mountain Lodge

A new hotel with raised rooms built on wooden platforms 40km from Sesriem

Namib Desert Lodge

Budget choice, fairly far from the dunes and next to the fossil dune cliffs

Namib Naukluft Lodge

Good solid choice, on a beautiful property some distance from the park entrance

Sesriem Campsite

This campsite offer the closest place to stay to the dunes - camping only

Soft Adventure Camp

A combination of permanent structures and canvas make this an interesting choice for the budget conscious traveller

Sossus Dune Lodge

The only lodge inside the borders of the national park. Allows for extra early visits to the Sossusvlei dunes

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Most luxurious lodge in the area, air-conditioned rooms and top of the range guiding

Sossusvlei Lodge

Large establishment right next to the Sesriem Campsite, best for keeping driving to a minimum

Weltevrede Rest Camp

A friendly owner run lodge offering excellent value for money. Rooms have private veranda's offering views of sunsets over the Namib Desert dunes & spot-lit waterhole.

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