Namib desert lodge

Namib Desert Lodge sits at the foot of a red sandstone cliff, which consists of the fossilized dunes of an ancient Namib. It is situated just 60 km north of Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei just 5kms from the main road. Located in the Gondwana Namib Park is shares a border with the Namib Naukluft Park.

The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means six belts. Early settlers attached six belts together, (made of oryx hides), in order to lower buckets down into the canyon to scoop up water, from the pools that were inaccessible to their livestock.

The (fossil) dunes overlooking the lodge are 20 million years old and contain fossils of the ancestors of the modern day Ostrich. They are evidence that an earlier Namib existed. As the climate changed, gradually getting wetter, the additional moisture caused the sand to solidify into sandstone. Then some 5 million years ago, the climate reverted to the desert conditions found in the Namib today, allowing the formation of a new sand sea.

Sossusvlei itself is a clay pan - set amid huge piles of sand known as star dunes - in the central Namib Desert, and lies within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. (Links) Fed by the Tsauchab River, it is known for the high, red sand dunes which surround it, forming part of the sand sea, which stretches just north of Luderitz to the Kuiseb River. Some of these dunes reach as high as 220m. Vegetation, such as the camelthorn tree, is watered by infrequent floods of the Tsauchab River, which slowly soak into the underlying clay.

Namib Desert Lodge is set amongst tall trees and palms. The main building has a reception, bar and a large verandah with outside seating for guests to admire the surrounding scenery. There are also 2 swimming pools. Breakfast and dinner are served buffet style and a small selection of light lunches can be ordered on request. Their cozy bar is well-stocked with South African wines.

Accommodation is in 65 double rooms. They are all equipped with twin beds, en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Some of the rooms overlook the dunes and others the cliffs to the rear.

As Namib Desert Lodge doesn't run it's own excursions into Sossusvlei, most guests self-drive into Namibia's famous dunes from here. T

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Dune Drives: A morning and/or Sunset Dune Drive into the Gondwana Namib Park are a highlight at Desert Grace. The oldest desert in the world holds many secrets with a surprisingly varied amount of interesting flora and fauna.

Walking Trails: Enjoy the superb scenery of the park on a leisurely yet still amazingly informative walk into the desert.

E-Bike Trails: Whether you take a guided tour or decide to ride an E-bike on a well-worn trail at your own speed, excitement and adventure are guaranteed.

Scorpion Night Walk: The legendary inactivity and nocturnal habits of the secretive world of scorpions make them almost impossible to observe either easily or regularly. So join a short guided walk after dinner and see what their up to under a UV light.

Sossusvlei Excursion: A memorable guided half-day excursion to the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei is not to be missed.

Airstrip Transfer: Request a return trip to the airstrip if required. Distance: 14km each way.

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.

Agama River Camp

Agama River Camp

Lovely rooms with rooftop terraces or a choice of campsites around 45km north of Sesriem.

Desert Camp

Desert Camp

Competitively priced self catering lodge - very close to the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park.

Desert Camp - Taleni Africa

Desert Camp - Taleni Africa

Desert Camp is situated only 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Naukluft Park.

Desert Hills Glamping Camp

Desert Hills Glamping Camp

Set on a ridge, Desert Hills Glamping Camp offers amazing views over the valley beneath.

Desert Homestead

Desert Homestead

Mid-range accommodation offering some of the best value for money in the area. Horse riding an added activity.

Desert Homestead Outpost

Desert Homestead Outpost

A new addition on the same property as the Desert Homestead. Hiking & riding are popular activities here.

Desert Quiver Camp

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.

Desert Quiver Camp - Taleni Africa

Desert Quiver Camp - Taleni Africa

Desert Quiver Camp uniquely combines modern self-catering accommodation with comfort and style.

Desert Whisper

Desert Whisper

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

Elegant Desert Lodge

A budget choice, catering for both larger groups and individual travellers.

Greenfire Desert Lodge

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

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Mid-range lodge located only 22km from the Sesriem gate to the Namib-Naukluft Park.

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

Up-market lodge with private entrance to the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa

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

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

Little Sossus Lodge

Reasonable value for money - on the main route to Sossusvlei.

Moon Mountain Lodge

Moon Mountain Lodge

A new hotel with raised rooms built on wooden platforms 40km from Sesriem.

Namib Desert Camping2Go

Namib Desert Camping2Go

Indulge in a sweet escape to the Sossusvlei area and enjoy the vastness of the Namib Desert in all its glory, with our fully equipped Camping2Go self-catering tents.

Namib Dune Star Camp

Namib Dune Star Camp

Rustic wooden cabins are equipped with a double bed that can be wheeled out for a night under the Namibian skies.

Namib Naukluft Lodge

Namib Naukluft Lodge

Good solid choice, on a beautiful property some distance from the park entrance.

Sesfontein Guesthouse

Sesfontein Guesthouse

Sesfontein Guesthouse is situated right at the heart of the village of Sesfontein, about 110 km north of Palmwag.

Sesriem Campsite

Sesriem Campsite

This campsite offer the closest place to stay to the dunes - camping only.

Soft Adventure Camp

Soft Adventure Camp

A combination of permanent structures and canvas make this an interesting choice for the budget conscious traveller.

Sossus Dune Lodge

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

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Most luxurious lodge in the area, air-conditioned rooms and top of the range guiding.

Sossusvlei Lodge

Sossusvlei Lodge

Large establishment right next to the Sesriem Campsite, best for keeping driving to a minimum.

Sossusvlei Lodge - Taleni Africa

Sossusvlei Lodge - Taleni Africa

Situated adjacent to the oldest Desert in the world, Sossusvlei Lodge is a luxurious retreat in this premier tourist attraction area in Namibia.

The Desert Grace

The Desert Grace

A stylish, luxurious and ultra-modern lodge, situated on a property with petrified dunes - rooms have private plunge pools.

Weltevrede Rest Camp

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.

Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Suleau, Marcel

25 Apr 2015

Very nice lodge and place with excellent accomodation and especially clean swimming pools. Why was Dinner not included in the cost?

Hewson, Chad

9 Sep 2009

I thought this was good value and their sundown drive is pretty spectacular...it is a bit far from the dunes but a great place to stay.

Meloni, Pierpaolo

19 Jan 2010

Best value for money. Wonderful sundowner trip on the petrified dunes. Perfect place to relax after the long journey from europe and a full day at Sossusvlei.

Gertse, Dina

5 Sep 2019

Enjoyed it very much at Namib Desert Lodge! The best out of all the lodges we have been in our trip. Received excellent service from all at this lodge. Food was excellent.

Humm, Grant

26 Apr 2017

Nice place, catering mainly to large german tour groups - no wonder the staff were a bit jaded. Would have preferred a place closer to the Dunes and a little bit more personable,. but otherwise fine,

Fletcher, Paul

29 Apr 2014

Very friendly staff and good facilities but we would have liked to be closer to the dunes. This was dictated by the time of year being the busy Easter holiday. Next time we will need to book earlier.

Terblanche, Dave

10 Jul 2014

Basic accommodation, but good enough. Motel style. Sheets felt polyester the only criticism. The food was fine, and the staff were excellent. (perhaps not ideal for vegetarians looking at the options there) The walk to the petrified dunes and the surround was great. Recommended. 

Directions

Namib Desert Lodge is situated 60 km north of Sesriem on the C19. The turn off is well marked and the lodge is a further 5 kilometres from the main road

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