Sossus dune lodge

Sossus Dune Lodge lies just 4km from the Sesriem gate, at the base of a mountain. There are magnificent views of the distant dunes to the west. It is the first, and currently only, lodge to be built in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Guests can walk directly from the lodge into the nearby Sesriem Canyon,

The main central areas of Sossus Dune Lodge are raised on wooden decking. There is a small reception room, large open-plan restaurant with separate lounge/bar areas, all fitted with large sliding doors. There is also a swimming pool, with a few lazy-loungers, but guests should bring suntan lotion, as the pool area is not shaded. Self-drive vehicles are parked in a shaded parking area, and guests are transferred by electric golf cart!

Each of the 25 Sossus Dune Lodge chalets has been erected using a wooden frame with orange/yellow canvas for walls, capped with a thatched roof. They are loosely modelled on traditional Ovambo homes.

Dune Chalet: Dune Chalets to the left of the main area have dune views. The chalets sited to the right of the main area present mountain/canyon views. Each chalet is linked by raised wooden walkways constructed from local rock and stone. A large en-suite bathroom complete with a hot shower, double basin and a flush toilet, twin beds, brightly-coloured mosquito nets, solar powered lights and fans, with complementary and environmentally friendly soaps, shampoo, body lotion etc. are standard. Leather and dark wood furniture complimented with suede loungers complete the furnishings. Superb views of the surrounding desert are obtained through frontal floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Open the top of the glass windows to generate additional air flow through the chalet. Step outside onto a large verandah.

Honeymoon Chalet: The last chalet on either side of the main lodge is a 'honeymoon suite,' which have an additional small open-air lounge. The views, facilities and furnishings are similar to the Dune Chalets.

Guests benefit from staying at Sossus Dune Lodge, because as it is situated within the park, they will be able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and stay until after sunset. Activities include a Sossusvlei sunset drive, guided nature drive, and a guided after-dinner stargazing stroll! Guided walks to the Sesriem Canyon can also be organized here.

Sossus Dune Lodge is an ideal destination to admire and photograph the stunning scenery of the Naukluft Park's high red/orange sand dunes.

Children of all ages are welcome at this lodge.

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Guided Sossusvlei Trip: An early start on your guided trip from the lodge to the dunes at Sossusvlei enables you to climb Big Daddy and walk around Dead Vlei before anyone else arrives. Getting there before the rush is a huge advantage that the location of this lodge offers.

Sesriem Canyon: As the canyon in not far from the lodge it is possible to walk there. The canyon is an interesting add-on to your Sossusvlei trip.

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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Traveller Reviews

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

Durrington, Luke

4 Jun 2015

Great location and good quality rooms. Service was good but food could have been a little bit better.

Hill, Michelle

30 Jul 2017

Definitely a plus to be inside the park and stay longer at the dunes. Lovely accommodation and service

Molowny, Daniel

28 Nov 2014

Very beautiful place, with low impact. Special mention to the guide Chapaka, really caring and fun man

Rance, Louisa

1 Nov 2014

Another lovely lodge, we would have preferred a second night here to travelling down to little sossus.

Reinecke, Karin

6 Jul 2015

Huge advantage staying inside the park. Allowed us to leave at 5 am for Deadvlei. One night was enough.

Mylrea, Stephen

14 Jul 2015

Handy being in the park to make an early start to getting to Sossussvlei. Very hot in summer with no AC.

Massimo Molinari

2 Jul 2009

Our preferred: Perfect location, within the park, ideal for sunrise and sunset excursions. Friendly staff.

Fournier, Claud-alain

4 Jun 2010

If you planned to stay at Sossusvlei I recommend this Lodge. View from your room is stunning and it's quiet.

Wade, Colin

7 Feb 2010

Fantastic!!! - The drinks prices really surprised me. Very cheap! Accommodation pricey but worth it. Great food

Silva, Andre

11 Sep 2016

Slow, distracted staff. Not helpful. If it weren't the fact they are inside the park, I wouldn't recommend them

Jones, Alun

29 May 2013

Unbeatable location. Good rooms, though might be very hot in Summer. Service standards and food not great. Good value.

Davies, Stuart

16 Apr 2015

Very comfortable and well positioned for visiting dunes at sunrise. Food not quite up to standard of some other places.

Boesen, Jan

23 Sep 2013

This is the best: great service, superb food and astonishing landscapes. A lot of money, but you get also something for it

Mixa, Thierry

10 Apr 2018

Great location, inside the park, which allows to be on site for sun rise as well as sun set. Restaurant and cabins are good!

Beffa, Sabina

17 Oct 2010

Wonderful because it is in the park; sunrise and sunset are guaranteed! But the service wasn't always at the level of the price

Mckenzie, Lucie

17 Nov 2011

We were disappointed to be given the only room with a pile of rocks interrupting the view, but were given another room no problem

Dams, Luc

12 Jun 2012

Beautiful lodge inside the National Park. The sunrise from The Big Daddy and the breakfast at the Sossusvlei are really fantastic!

Pedrosa, Rafael

31 May 2011

Beautiful rooms, nice staff and you are inside the park what means that others will take the photos of your footprints on the dunes

Mckee, Pat

6 Jul 2016

Lovely rooms and main lodge. Great views. Very relaxing to stay here. Important to stay two nights (which we did) to make it worthwhile.

Robinson, Colin

16 Dec 2017

Excellent lodge, but staff, food and wines a let down. A must for an early visit to the Dunes. Thank you Erica for insisting we stayed here

Mccarr, George

24 Mar 2010

Really enjoyed being here but spoiled slightly by their inability to sort out the AC in the bedroom, leaving us with a very uncomfortable night.

Minartz, Christine

13 Jan 2012

very nice lodge in an amazing location - service and accomodation were good, nevertheless the food quality/taste and service could still improve.

Agra, Beatrice

3 Dec 2009

food could be improved but the scenery is exceptional and strongly recommended to see the sunrise on sossusvlei as the lodge is in the reserve...

Vermeulen, Eimert

5 Mar 2012

beautifull place. great rooms, great lodge, great service. Diner was not all that good. The early morning sunrise tour is a must. Great guide/driver

Vanzyl, Rika

12 May 2014

Great. Great service, good location,very good food. 9/10 - no effort to make the children welcome - no activities or extra facilities for the children

Hodgson, Mandy

28 Mar 2017

Lodge undergoing major repairs. Noisy JCB working outside the chalets. We did manage to move but many complaints. All this worth it be in the park gates

Newsome, Michael

4 Sep 2015

Amongst very tough competition this was our personal favourite. Everything here was simply perfect - rooms, view, staff, food, setting. An amazing place

Marson, Pier Paolo

18 Sep 2017

Extraordinary experience to sleep on the palafites; it was a pity to leave in the night but we had the chance to get in time on Big Daddy for the sunrise!

Bagley, Elizabeth

27 Jul 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lodge, the staff were wonderful, but the food (with the exception of the breakfasts) definitely requires improvement

D'argenio, Valeria

8 Sep 2013

The lodge is better than expected considering its website and tripadvisor comments. The room are big and lovely with a private terrace overlooking the bush.

Dhruv, Sharma

15 Aug 2016

Beautiful cabin and lounge. We ate dinner at the restaurant and it was fine, but the service was a bit lacking. Otherwise, great location and friendly staff.

Green, Richard

23 Mar 2010

Amazing location and very good attention to detail. I was impressed the hotel manager came and spoke to all the guests during the evening meal, a nice gesture.

Wheeler, Rebekah

1 Jun 2014

absolutely amazing place. My phone was stolen there by one of their staff who cleaned our room, but we still really enjoyed the place and it was absoltely lovely.

Whelan, Rebecca

6 Oct 2011

The perfect lodge to view the dunes. The food could have been a bit better for the price, especially lunch. The rooms are gorgeous though and the service was good.

Spencer-smith, Heather

24 Oct 2011

Nice chalets, but did end up doing 3 km. one day along the walkways to our room! Trip to see sunrise with breakfast at Sossusvlei was excellent and worth staying in the park for.

Perch, Jane

15 Dec 2009

We enjoyed this spot. Staff were very good as was the food. The only thing we would have liked was air conditioning as the temperature was very hot and the fan was not sufficient.

Gosse, Nathalie

3 Aug 2011

NOT TO RECOMMEND AT ALL... By far the greatest deception of our 3 week trip. They really have a poor service and level quality if considering the price paid for one night! It's a shame!!

Segel, Felicity

4 Apr 2016

Enjoyed this camp and staff went out of their way to accommodate our eating regime. When we booked a sunset tour there were only the two of us but they still ran the tour for us. Great experience

Raspillere, Christine

12 Jan 2012

no enough sun protection at pool ; rooms very far from main lounge area ; stuffing hot in rooms ! wasn't told walls were made of material , very difficult to live through with the heat at over 40°

Williams, David

14 Jan 2018

An incredible setting and amazing room; lovely pool area. Food options were limited (as warned) and good on the whole, but not flexible. Tours were good but not really good value for money, for us.

Chen, Flora

22 Jun 2014

obliging staff - gave me a room that I requested because of my leg injury. Food was good and plentiful. Their tour vehicles were hard to climb up to especially when I was shorter. Scraped my legs and knees.

Mounier, Corinne

29 Mar 2018

very nice ; very good meal ; magnificent view ; super rooms ; the walkway to get to the rooms is a little long especially when you stay in the honeymoon chalet which are very far ! you must walk at least 10 min !

Haenzi, Markus

25 Oct 2011

outstanding service in the lodge and excellent support for activity options. But the special thing was, that we were the first climbers on the virgin dunes in the morning and gave all following visiters our track.

Regelman, Jeff

23 Jun 2017

Beautiful setting, nice room. Also a bit hot, although they had a fan. In summer this would also probably be oppressively hot. Food was limited, but fine. Considering they're in the park, the location is the thing.


6 Dec 2014

Nice lodge. Superb dinners. Good staff. Just one thing to say is that At the time we were there, november, It was so hot that it was impossible even to stay At the tents At midday. But there was a nice swimming pool

Mitchel, Ian

25 Feb 2018

Good because it is the park, staff friendly, a really good guide took us to the vlei in the morning. However, food was not great and I was disappointed that we'd had to book most expensive room when the lodge was almost empty.

Barkworth, Clare

31 Jan 2015

We preferred this to Soussuvlei Lodge and it is a pity that we only had one night - when we booked it was full the night before but when we got there they had not been full. But dune trip in early morning was great from there.

Dorrington, Vivienne

10 Apr 2013

The benefit of this hotel is the easy access to Sosiessvlei. the sunrise trip was fabulous with a very good guide. Food in hotel was fair. The one complaint was that there was no cool area to get out of the heat during the day.

Page, Dave

11 Nov 2016

Foot very ordinary. Staff made a drama regarding JCB outside room which wasn't really one but poorly explained. Staff didn't clear up restaurant area well Payment options hard - pay for dinner and then payment when checking out

Plowright, Rozey

27 Jul 2017

Huge room. Minor upkeep issues-half the lights did not work. Service good, food good, staff helpful. Glad we paid the price for this one on our first trip to Namibia-we just made it to Sossusvlei and up the Sossus Dune for sunrise. Beautiful.

Allan, Nicholas

5 Oct 2017

Fantastic sunsets and the locations guarantees you'll be first up the dunes before anybody else has even got close to the gates of the park! We had sunrise on Big Daddy to ourself - only once we were returning did the rest of the world turn up.

Bauer, Martin

29 Mar 2015

for photographers like me...the hours in the evening are limited..they would like that you are back around 8-9 pm...not as it mentioned in the web that you can stay in the park longer...for example night photography..the only but important downfall.

Nobels, Ingrid

25 Nov 2014

Main reason for selecting this lodge was its location, as you can head towards the dunes any time you want. Chalet is excellent in terms of accommodation, really beautiful, but expect longwalks from the main lodge. Food is OK, but service a bit hit & miss.

Matt, Matt

18 May 2012

Another great lodge. Excellence across the board. The fact that this lodge is the only one within the park that provides access to the dunes *before* sunrise, and more importantly before the hoards of tourists who arrive at 9 am, needs to be sold to a greater extent.

Cuddy, Amy

18 Jul 2015

The nicest of the government lodges we stayed in. The location is great - and absolutely the right choice if you wish to be at dead vlei at sunrise. Otherwise, if you stay outside the park, you enter at sunrise and are still an hour from dead vlei. Really glad we stayed here.

Arounova, Ellena

26 Nov 2011

The best and most exciting place we've stayed. Fantastic service and facilities. Everybody should stay there at least two nights. Some day I will definitelly be back there to expirience the breakfast at sunrise somewhere in the dunes they offer. We missed it because of out schedule.

Martin, Julie

23 Dec 2012

This lodge is really the only place to stay if you are interested in photography. The ability to leave the lodge before sunrise and head down to the dunes, and to stay down there after sunrise, enables you to capture the dunes in their best light. The rooms are lovely and the staff friendly.


21 Feb 2015

we had a very bad experience there, rooms are good and for is ok but the manager cannot handle the place at all. We had to wait to get the room, they told us 10 minutes but it took us one our and a big complain!! We also aked for a wake up call @5 but the came to wake up at 4....I am speehless!

Sumiani, Jeri

9 Nov 2014

The only lodge available within the Sossusvlei Park. It is still 60km+ to Sossusvlei itself, but it is the only option if you want to beat the crowds and get to the dunes at dawn. It got hot during the day, but the fan and opening all the sliding doors helped to ventilate the room. Lovely ambiance.


Sossus Dune Lodge is situated south of Sesriem in the Namib Naukluft Park. Head south from the main entrance to Sesriem Canyon and drive around the hill to the lodge.

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