Desert Camp is situated on the 40,000ha Taleni Africa private reserve. Wild 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 incredible views over the surrounding Desert landscapes and mountains.
In the central communal area, there is a reception, large lapa with a bar and 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 28 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 hob. Each unit has air-conditioning in the room, 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 beside the unit..
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 acquire a utensil box at reception with most eating and cooking utensils needed to cater for a maximum of 4 people. (A fully refundable deposit is required)
A Fresh Food on order service / Starter Pack can be ordered from reception including a selection of meat, vegetables, salads, bread, condiments, cheese, as well as wood and firelighters. . They must be ordered from reception before 16h00 for delivery by sunset. .
All meals can be booked at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge though, for those who do not wish to self-cater.
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 also available at Desert Quiver Camp, which is situated on the same property.
(Guided activities are only available from Sossusvlei Lodge.)
Walking: It is perfectly safe to walk freely around Desert Camp , 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.
Sundowners: 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.
Quad Buggy Nature Trail: A wonderful and different way to view the local surrounds. Exhilarating yet eco-friendly, the fixed quad buggy trials have been meticulously laid out on the Lodge's private reserve so as not to interfere with the indigenous plant and animal life. Enjoy breath-taking views over the grass plains with occasional phot stops where our knowledgeable guides explain the Desert fauna and flora. Visitors follow the guide and may not deviate off the trails.
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.
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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Desert Camp is situated in Southern Namibia amidst the Namib Desert - only 5km before the entrance gate to the famous Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Nauklauft Park. 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 before the T-junction intersection with the C19.Download Map
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