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Desert Camp

Lodges near Sossusvlei - Namibia

Desert Camp is situated on the 40,000ha Taleni Africa private reserve. Wild and dangerous animals roam freely around the reserve and may be encountered at any time. It is only four kilometres away from Sossusvlei Lodge, which is by the entrance gate to Sossusvlei. (Namib Naukluft Park.) It is an ideal destination for tourists who want to self-cater amongst the more expensive lodges of the area, and to self-drive into the dunes of one of Namibia's most famous tourist attractions, the sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

The camp itself nestles under centuries old camel thorn trees, and has a 360° view over the surrounding desert landscape and mountains. The impressive dunes of the Namib Desert are never far away at Desert Camp.

In the central communal area, there is a reception, bar with large-screen television, swimming pool and 2 x communal shared 'Bomas' with wash-up facilities and public toilets. The lodge is wheelchair friendly. Meal packs, booking meals at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge, firewood/firelighters, eating and cooking utensils can be obtained here if required. Wi-Fi connection is at the main building.

A shop, Internet cafe, Wi-Fi facility, fuel and service station are available at the nearby Sossus Oasis..

There are 20 self-catering accommodation units, sited either side of the communal area. They are equipped with twin beds, a kitchen sink for washing up, an under the counter bar fridge, and a 2 plate stove. Each unit has power points for hairdryers and shavers, (220V) as well as an external power point. A maximum of 2 adults and 2 children, under 12 yrs of age, are permitted per unit. They have their own braai and outdoor seating area, and individual vehicle parking outside the front door.

There are 2 wheelchair friendly units accessible from a cemented path. They have no steps and are fitted with handles in the bathroom for easy access. The facilities are similar to all of the other self-catering units.

Guests of Desert Camp can hire a storage box. It has eating utensils for a maximum of 4 people and a selection of other cooking utensils may be hired from reception. (A deposit is required.)

A starter packs comprise of a selection of meat, vegetables, salads, bread, condiments, cheese and beverages. They must be ordered from reception before 18h00 the previous evening, for collection the following day.

All meals can be booked at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge though, for those who do not wish to self-cater.

Sossusvlei Desert Camp has its own walking trail. Trekkers are advised to only follow this route, (which starts at the main parking area) and to avoid contact with wild animals, snakes, scorpions etc. Additional self catering accommodation is now available at the new Desert Quiver Camp, which is situated on the same property.

Accommodation in Namibia

  • Desert Camp: Overview Of Camp
  • Desert Camp: Under Canvas Accommodation
  • Desert Camp: Boma
  • Desert Camp: Pool And Backdrop
  • Desert Camp: Accommodation Exterior
  • Desert Camp: Accommodation Units
  • Desert Camp: Bar And Pool Area
  • Desert Camp: Room With Pull Out Couch
  • Desert Camp: Social Weaver Bird Nest
  • Desert Camp: Pool View
  • Desert Camp: Boma And Surrounding Landscape
  • Desert Camp: Utensil Ammo Box
  • Desert Camp: Tent Interior
  • Desert Camp: Unit Compact Kitchenette
  • Desert Camp: Entrance
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activities at the lodge

Guided activities are only available from Sossusvlei Lodge

It is perfectly safe to walk freely around Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, provided that contact with wild animals, snakes, scorpions and other reptiles is avoided.
Sossusvlei Excursions
An early start from the Lodge to enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. You will travel in one of our all-terrain URI Game viewer vehicles, custom-built in Namibia for the Lodge, with your own specially trained guide who will share all his knowledge of the area, the animals, the plant life and much more with you. Regular stops are made on the ±60 kilometre drive down to the Vlei to gain information or take in the vistas. At Dune 45, the more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world's most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2,6 kilometre round-trip walk up to Dead Vlei is a must for the healthy visitors. Spend time in Sossusvlei before returning to the Lodge approximately 5 hours later in time for luncheon. Refreshments are provided on the trip.
Nature Drives
Guided nature drives in our comfortable all-terrain URI Game viewer vehicles on the 44 000 hectare expanse that make up our private reserve. You will experience a relaxing drive through pristine nature where Oryx and springbok wander freely on the property. Spectacular photographs present themselves at every turn during this excursion of approximately 4 hours. Refreshments are provided.
Depart from Sossusvlei Lodge in the late afternoon on a leisurely drive out onto the Lodge's private reserve. Watch the shadows lengthen as your guide takes you out to a panoramic location where sundowner drinks will be served as you relax and watch the spectacular sunset.
Eco-Quad Biking
A wonderful and different way to view the local surrounds. Exhilarating yet eco-friendly, the fixed quad biking trials have been meticulously laid out on the Lodge's private reserve so as not to interfere with the indigenous plant and animal life. Visitors follow the guide and may not deviate off the trails.
Quad Bike Breakfast Run
is for the person who wants to experience something different and is specifically geared towards those who still want to travel on to their next destination the same day with the trip departing around 15 minutes before sunrise. It follows the shortest route on easy terrain to the Tsauchab River and arrives at the destination in time to watch the sunrise. Once there, your Guide unpacks the picnic basket and sets a 'table' (of petrified mud which resembles a flat table top and even offers 'seats' too). This breakfast location is stunning with a 360° view of the rising sun over the mountains, on the dunes, on the golden grass plains and on the mountains... simply breathtaking! On completion of the breakfast, bikers follow a slightly different direct route back to the Lodge over easy terrain.
Desert Scenic Flights
a Cessna 210 light aircraft is permanently based on the Sossusvlei Lodge property along with an experienced pilot who also doubles as a trained "aerial" desert guide. A number of routes are available on request and include 40 minute trips to Sossusvlei and longer round-trip flights down to the coast. The latter excursion provides wonderful aerial photographs of the desert with its 'sea of dunes' as well as unforgettable views of the numerous shipwrecks along the "Skeleton Coast" of Namibia.
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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Map of Desert Camp

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Directions to the lodge

Sesriem is situated at the intersection of the C27 road from Helmeringhausen and the D826 which brings traffic in from Solitaire in the north and Maltahöhe in the south when it joins with the C19. The entrance gate to Desert Camp is located on the left hand side of the D826 road, ±8 kilometres from the T-junction intersection with the C19.

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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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