Sossusvlei desert lodge

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (formerly Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge) is situated in the northern foothills of the 184,000ha, privately owned NamibRand Nature Reserve, some 26kms from Sesriem. The reserve lies on the eastern boundary of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It is a small and exclusive lodge, within easy reach of the Sesriem main gate and subsequent (self-drive or organized) tour on to the fabulous dunes of Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. The lodge can be reached in a saloon car.

This desert wilderness is home to a surprising variety of animals which thrive in a desert environment. Oryx, springbok, aardwolf, ostrich, hyena, bat-eared fox, Cape fox, Burchell’s Zebra and Hartman's Mountain Zebra, can all be viewed here. There are also over 115 different variety of bird species here, including sociable weavers, black and martial eagles and the dune lark.

The split-level lodge has a fire-lit bar, comfortable sitting area and a mezzanine library with CD/ book collection, all encompassed in wraparound verandas. The Safari Shop has an assortment of branded goods and clothing. At sunset, wildlife can be observed from the viewing deck, the perfect excuse for a sundowner.

Fine fare is served at both indoor and outdoor dining areas, and the delicious Pan African meals can be complemented by a fine selection of wines, on display at the walk-in cellar.

10 stone and glass split-level desert suites, have been built in the side of a mountain. Each suite is equipped to cope with the climatic extremes of the desert. Air-conditioning and outside showers for those hot summer days, and an en-suite, glass-encased bathroom and an inviting fireplace for those cold winter evenings. There is a large star-viewing window above the bed, and the rooms are equipped with a CD system, a personal compact telescope, and a service-intercom to the main lodge. The powerful telescope provides exceptional opportunities to observe the cosmos, as well as game viewing, all from the comfort of your own room.

The suites are generously spaced apart for extra privacy, with a shaded deck to marvel at the wonderful horizons of the Namib Desert. There is also a swimming pool, fed by an underground spring.

Activities include morning and evening nature drives in open 4WD vehicles. There are guided walks, and marked walking trails for the independent explorer.

Optional extras at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge include a hot-air balloon trip over the Namib, guided 4WD trips to Sossusvlei or Sesriem Canyon and ATV (quad-bike) excursions.

Children are welcome at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. One unit can take an extra bed for a child, but unfortunately, children aged 5yrs and under cannot participate in scheduled safari activities.

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Nature drives: Track down unique desert-adapted wildlife in open vehicles, accompanied by an expert guide. Admire the fascinating and varied terrain, and learn more about the desert fauna and flora. Explore the mysterious fairy circles, where vegetation refuses to grow, and find out how the desert oryx can live without drinking water.

Dune walks: Guests are free to explore the areas surrounding the Lodge on foot. Experience the tranquility of the desert and marvel at the exceptional plant life, such as the quiver tree, with its attractive yellow flowers. Guided dune walks introduce guests to life below the sands, where many small animals spend the day in cooler burrows. Expeditions to the nearby San caves to view cave paintings can be arranged.

Quad-biking: Explore the desert on already established trails on a quad-bike. These exciting expeditions, headed by an expert guide, add a thrill of adrenalin to desert exploration.

Gaze at the stars: Each evening resident astronomers give fascinating presentation on the stars and constellations in the southern African sky at our specially designed observatory, complete with powerful telescope.

Picnic excursions: Guided tours of the famous Sossusvlei sand dunes and the fascinating Sesriem Canyon, as well as other places of interest in the area, can be arranged.

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

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Desert Camp - Taleni Africa

Desert Camp - Taleni Africa

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Desert Hills Glamping Camp

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Desert Homestead

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Desert Homestead Outpost

Desert Homestead Outpost

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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

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Desert Whisper

Desert Whisper

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Elegant Desert Lodge

Elegant Desert Lodge

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Greenfire Desert Lodge

Greenfire Desert Lodge

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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

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Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa

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Little Kulala

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Little Sossus Lodge

Little Sossus Lodge

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Moon Mountain Lodge

Moon Mountain Lodge

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Namib Desert Camping2Go

Namib Desert Camping2Go

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Namib Desert Lodge

Namib Desert Lodge

Budget choice, fairly far from the dunes and next to the fossil dune cliffs.

Namib Dune Star Camp

Namib Dune Star Camp

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Namib Naukluft Lodge

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Sesfontein Guesthouse

Sesfontein Guesthouse

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Sesriem Campsite

Sesriem Campsite

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Soft Adventure Camp

Soft Adventure Camp

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Sossus Dune Lodge

Sossus Dune Lodge

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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

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The Elegant Desert Eco Camp

The Elegant Desert Eco Camp

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Weltevrede Rest Camp

Weltevrede Rest Camp

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Traveller Reviews

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

Cowley, Martin

6 May 2014

Excellent - highly recommended. Manageress there also `tops`. Very relaxing & comfortable, thoroughly enjoyed!

Martijnse, Robert

6 Nov 2017

A superb experience with the best service one can get, though TOO EXPENSIVE compared with all international top travel destination

Palfrey, Sonia

12 Apr 2011

Beautiful place - excellent food - excellent accommodations - Nester, our guide, is FANTASTIC! It was a great experience all round.

Lewis-enright, Patrick

3 Jun 2015

The in house breakfast was by far the worst on our trip. They are totaly unprepared to serve breakfast in the morning and the quality of what we did get was shocking.

Grange, Sharon

20 Dec 2015

The "And Beyond" really go out of their way to deliver 5 star service, food was good and service excellent, our guide and butler were great. Our only comment would be that for the price you pay, the rooms are looking a bit shabby, especially the bathrooms.

Chalmers, Sabine

23 Aug 2013

Very comfortable 5 star accommoodation. Perhaps the most luxurious we had in Namibia and obviously the visit to Sossusvlei is a must. However, could not understand why they could not place a spare bed for our daughter in our room but instead asked to book two rooms?

Ferguson, Rob

22 Oct 2012

This was absolutely the best accommodation overall (apart from Olive Exclusive). The chalets are wonderful - skylights over beds, complimentary minibar, overall comfort etc. The food is also excellent with the most delightful chef. I would go back again without hesitation.

Directions

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is situated south of Sesriem. Turn west off the C27 about 5 km from the junction with the D845.

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