Weltevrede Guest Farm
Lodges near Sossusvlei - Namibia
Weltevrede Guest Farm (or Rest Camp) is approximately mid-way between Solitaire and Sesriem in the heart of the Namib Desert. It is bordered on three sides by the Namib Naukluft Park, and can be used as a base to visit the famous dunes of Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. (It is 47kms from Sesriem). It is nestled amidst rugged mountains, shifting dunes, harsh gravel plains, dusty prehistoric river beds and endless camelthorn trees (Acacia erioloba).
Sossusvlei means 'the gathering place of water' in the local Nama language. Seasonal rains from the Naukluft and Tsaris Mountains that succeeded in reaching the vlei, create temporary lakes that reflected the sand dunes surrounding them. The high, red sand dunes which surround Sossusvlei form part of the sand sea, which stretches from just north of Luderitz to the Kuiseb River. Some of these dunes reach as high as 220m.
Vegetation, such as the camelthorn tree, (specially created for tourists to enjoy a shady breakfast or lunch under) 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.
The Weltevrede main building has an open-plan honesty bar and lounge area, with comfortable sofa's to relax and unwind. Breakfast and dinner can be ordered from their set menu in the dining area. Most of the meat, including oryx, springbok and occasionally kudu, is produced from the farm itself, as are some of the vegetables. Tea/coffee is also available. There is a swimming pool, and guests can take a dip after a day's driving or activities.
Accommodation at Weltevrede Guest Farm is in either 12 front rooms, that have a view of the sunset, and 3 back rooms that don't. All of the bungalows have en-suite bathrooms and are equipped with air conditioning. Each has it's own small private veranda, with some good views of the surrounding landscape.
Camping is also available at Weltevrede and each site has its own private toilet, shower & basin situated a few meters from the site. Each campsite has also has cement chairs & a table, a braai area, firepit, a small basin & a light. There is no power point at the campsite however power available at the ablution for an extra fee.
Weltevrede Guest Farm does not run it's own trips into Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, as most of their guests prefer to self-drive into the park. There are a number of unmarked walking trails, starting and finishing at the farm, and it is possible to view some of the game on the farm at their spot-lit waterhole. Springbok is a common visitor.
Children of all ages are welcome at the farm.
- Scenic walks & Hiking Trails
- There are a number of options to choose from. The nearest is a romantic picnic spot ideal for that private sunset (1km). There are Bushman paintings on a 5km walk or drive followed by a 300m walk and short climb. The dry riverbed hikes are a 5km long and the dune hike entails a short 1km walk after a 10km drive.
- Game & Bird viewing
- After 17 years of conservation activities (by the current owners) with water taken daily to manmade watering holes, there are now a 1000+ Springbuck on the farm. Regular cheetah sightings have been made in the last few years. There are also jackals, leopards, mountain zebras, ground squirrels, kudus, gemsbok, ostriches, various insects and around 60 bird species to be seen at Weltevrede.
Drift over the dune fields at Sossusvlei and enjoy a champagne breakfast wherever the wind takes you
light aircraft regularly depart on scenic flights over Sossusvlei and its surroundings
Lovely rooms with rooftop terraces or a choice of campsites around 45km north of Sesriem
Budget choice, catering for both larger groups and individual travellers
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Mid-range accommodation offering some of the best value for money in the area. Horse riding an added activity
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Up-market lodge with private entrance to the dunes at Sossusvlei
Moroccan inspired architecture seems strangely out of place in Namibia. The location, spa and general amenities are good.
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Reasonable value for money - on the main route to Sossusvlei
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Good solid choice, on a beautiful property some distance from the park entrance
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Most luxurious lodge in the area, air-conditioned rooms and top of the range guiding
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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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