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.
Lovely rooms with rooftop terraces or a choice of campsites around 45km north of Sesriem.
Set on a ridge, Desert Hills Glamping Camp offers amazing views over the valley beneath.
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.
Desert Quiver Camp uniquely combines modern self-catering accommodation with comfort and style.
Have you ever seen the vast horizons of the Namib Desert from a point of pure solitude? A place where the whisper of the wind is the only sound that stirs the desert silence? The Desert Whisper is the ideal opportunity to embrace silence and solitude, to break away from the rush. Located on a small outcrop within the Gondwana Namib Park, this is an intimate experience where guests can enjoy solitude without compromising on luxury. Guests park their car at the base of the outcrop and are transported to the Desert Whisper by their Host. The kitchen is fully stocked with thought-through culinary delights, and access to a selection of wines, gins, whiskeys and rums to tickly any fancy. The afternoon can be spent lounging by the private plunge pool, with its own stocked pool-bar; are swinging in the floating chairs on the Desert Whisper’s terrace. A moment here offers serenity unparalleled, as the sun sinks into the western horizon.
A budget choice, catering for both larger groups and individual travellers.
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.
Take on the great outdoors, without the hassle of setting up a campsite. This is our version of glamorous camping. Show up and relax in style with this new self-catering experience. Tents are fully equipped with kitchen and en suite bathroom, and there is no need to bring any sleeping bags. Spend your evening looking out into the Namib Desert landscape, with the crackling fire to keep you company. For guests who wish to enjoy the best of camping and lodging – full lodge facilities are also available at this camping experience. Enjoy the activities on offer in the oldest Desert in the world.
The Namib Desert is an immense chronicle of time, offering a direct link to the ancient past, yet very much a living entity. Housed at the foot of 20-million-year-old petrified dunes, Namib Desert Lodge is one of Gondwana’s flagship properties. This property is a true oasis in the desert, with lush gardens offering shade over the lodge. Two glorious pools coax guests to enjoy the warm desert afternoon lounging and sipping icy cocktails. But fret not, adventure is close, with Sossusvlei just a short drive from the lodge. Join a Sossusvlei Excursion or travel at your own pace. Evenings are celebrated with Dune Drives to appreciate the sunset and view from atop the petrified dunes. Namib Desert Lodge provides a clear and uncluttered insight into the region’s past and present.
Face the horizon head on, from the crest of a dune where the stars are so clear they seem just beyond reach. A place where imagination becomes tangible. The Namib Dune Star Camp. A short drive from Namib Desert Lodge, guests are chauffeured to the camp. Dinner is served on a beautiful wooden deck with the horizon stretches into forever and delicious aromas float through the evening air. Each of the freestanding cabins are positioned along the crest of a dune to offer undisturbed views. What takes this experience into a class of its own, is that the bed in each chalet is on wheels. This offers guests the opportunity to wheel their bed onto the cabin’s private terrace where incomparable night-sky views await. Fall asleep to the silent sound of shooting starts and the whisper of the desert air.
Before sunrise, the hike will start after an early-bird-breakfast. The first leg consists of crossing the local landmark mountain. We will follow a canyon to the mountain saddle.
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.
Situated adjacent to the oldest Desert in the world, Sossusvlei Lodge is a luxurious retreat in this premier tourist attraction area in Namibia.
Unique in every way, this property offers a new insight into the rhythms of the mighty Namib. The Desert Grace is the result of a daring architectural feat, with each building constructed entirely from sandbags instead of bricks. Facing the west, this lodge offers unparallel views of the sunset from the comfort of a private plunge pool. Pink Gin and Tonic’s and indulgence is the language in this iconic location. A place where the pulse of the desert comes alive as the setting sun dips into the western horizon. Guests have the opportunity to join a Sossusvlei Excursion, guided and inclusive of a champagne brunch. Or hop on board a Dune Drive in the Gondwana Namib Park, where sunset are celebrated on true Namibian fashion.
Situated a mere 45km from Sesriem, the sky melts into endless plains in a vista so vast it will take your breath away.
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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