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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Agama River Camp

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Desert Camp - Taleni Africa

Desert Camp - Taleni Africa

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Desert Hills Glamping Camp

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

Desert Homestead Lodge

Desert Homestead Lodge

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 - Taleni Africa

Desert Quiver Camp - Taleni Africa

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

Desert Whisper

Desert Whisper

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.

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

Le Mirage Desert Lodge

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.

Namib Desert Camping2Go

Namib Desert Camping2Go

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.

Namib Desert Lodge

Namib Desert Lodge

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.

Namib Dune Star Camp

Namib Dune Star Camp

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.

Namib Mountain Trail

Namib Mountain Trail

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.

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 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

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.

The Elegant Desert Eco Camp

The Elegant Desert Eco Camp

Situated a mere 45km from Sesriem, the sky melts into endless plains in a vista so vast it will take your breath away.

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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