Plants of Namibia
Trianthema hereroensis is an important player in the plant life in the dunes of the Namib Desert, as it provides shelter and nutrition for a large variety of desert animals. It flowers and produces seed throughout the year. Research and experiments have been used to measure the absorption of water on the leaves. It is widely believed that the plant relies solely on fog for its moisture, but excavations of the plants at the same time showed that the roots are in direct contact with damp sand, the roots tapping into moisture deep down.
This makes a significant difference to the well-being of the the Trianthema, as animals make use of it in the dunes, including gerbils, sparrowlarks, scale insects and ants, springbok and ostrich. Interestingly enough, gemsbok graze on the shoots, thereby stimulating vigorous re-growth of fresh, larger and brighter leaves. This attracts the gemsbok back time and time again.
The Trianthema hereroensis and the Stipagrostis sabulicola are the only two plants that can survive on the dunes during prolonged dry periods, the main difference (apart from appearance) is that the former absorbs water (fog) through its leaves and the latter through its roots.
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
Competitively priced self catering lodge - very close to the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park
Mid-range accommodation offering some of the best value for money in the area. Horse riding an added activity
A new addition on the same property as the Desert Homestead. Hiking & riding are popular activities here
Well equipped rooms with self catering kitchens only 5 kilometers from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei. Kitchen utensils can be rented on site
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
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
Mid range lodge located only 22km from the Sesriem gate to the Namib-Naukluft Park
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.
Luxury lodge with guided tour to the dunes using the lodges own private entrance, excellent choice for those looking for a little extra luxury
Reasonable value for money - on the main route to Sossusvlei
A new hotel with raised rooms built on wooden platforms 40km from Sesriem
Budget choice, fairly far from the dunes and next to the fossil dune cliffs
Good solid choice, on a beautiful property some distance from the park entrance
This campsite offer the closest place to stay to the dunes - camping only
A combination of permanent structures and canvas make this an interesting choice for the budget conscious traveller
The only lodge inside the borders of the national park. Allows for extra early visits to the Sossusvlei dunes
Most luxurious lodge in the area, air-conditioned rooms and top of the range guiding
Large establishment right next to the Sesriem Campsite, best for keeping driving to a minimum
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.