Desert homestead

The Desert Homestead is situated approximately 32kms southeast of Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes at Sossusvlei. The wide grassy valley is sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft mountains, with a magnificent view of the distant dunes of the Namib Desert in the west. An extra drawcard here are the activities notably horse riding, suitable for novices upwards.

The living areas of the Main Lodge are all open plan. The verandah is a prominent feature here, where guests can enjoy their meals or even a candle-lit dinner, completely sheltered from the wind.

Desert Homestead pride themselves on their creative farm style cuisine, with fresh vegetables from their very own desert gardens. Their dishes are prepared with the 'finest touch.' and their staff are well trained and friendly.

There is a cozy lounge, complete with ethnic African decoration and comfortable leather sofas, satellite TV (in a separate room), Internet facilities and a curio shop. The bar is attended by a friendly, well educated and communicative barkeeper. There is also a swimming pool in front of the main building.

Accommodation is in 20 thatched rustic chalets. They have all been lined up a good distance from each other, the main lodge and the open grassland. Each en-suite chalet, has been luxuriously decorated in pale linens, and furnished with dark wood riempie furniture. There is a either a large single or double bed, and the lights and fans are powered by a bank of batteries, charged by wind or solar energy during the day. All of the guest amenities (soaps, shampoo, body lotion etc) are environmentally friendly. Each unit has its own verandah under a canopy with views extending to the Rotterkaum Mountains.

The Desert Homestead has excellent riding horses, all docile and easy to handle. There are several outride options. Most popular with their guests are the sunrise and sunset rides. On the Sunrise Ride, guests meet for tea, coffee and biscuits. When the horses, riders and guides are ready, the ride begins. The scenery varies quite dramatically, from dry river beds to massive Camel Thorn trees, to mountain paths and wide open grassy plains. After about two hours of riding, guests discover a breakfast table under a camel thorn tree, with a delicious spread of cheeses, cold meats, fresh bread and muffins, yoghurt, muesli and fruit platters. Fresh orange juice and percolated coffee, of course. After a leisurely breakfast, guests mount up and ride for another hour back to the stables.

On the Sunset Ride, afternoon tea and coffee are set out on the lodge's verandah, and again, once the horses, riders and guides are ready, the adventure begins. Riders wind their way across the grassy plains, through ancient water courses, and eventually up a steep mountain track, where a they will be met by the friendly barman and a selection of cocktails After the refreshments and another magical desert sunset has fallen behind the horizon, guests mount up, and slowly make their way back to the stables.

The lodge also offers a sundowner drive in the evenings, which includes a leisurely nature drive, slowly winding up a mountain. There are also guided Sossusvlei and Naukluft excursions, not to mention tours to the Neuras Wine Estate.

There is also a 5 day, Sossusvlei, Naukluft and Horse sleep out package.

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Self-guided walking trail: A clearly marked self-guided walking trail has proved to be an ideal 'first-afternoon' activity, with attractive views along the way. The route eventually leads up onto a small mountain not far from Desert Homestead itself. There is no charge for this activity.

Naukluft excursions: Another option for Desert Homestead guests staying for a 3rd night is either a morning or afternoon trip into the Naukluft Mountains. The duration is between 5-6 hours and begins with a game drive in an air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle. A leisurely stroll to the rock pools follows, lead by your professional and knowledgeable guide. There is a variety of resident wildlife to observe on the way as well as desert birdlife. Snacks and drinks are provided. Minimum: 2 passengers.

Sossusvlei excursions This activity can be conducted either in the early morning in the comfort of an air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle. Enjoy a picnic on the dunes and the in-depth knowledge provided by your guide. Duration: 7-8 hours. Minimum: 2 guests. Maximum: 6 passengers/vehicle.

Sundowner drive:  One of the most relaxing ways to end your day is to join a guided 4x4 drive into the beautiful Kulala Wilderness Reserve. It departs after tea and returns just before dinner. Duration: 2-2.5 hours. Minimum: 2 passengers.

Horse back activities: The Desert Homestead has excellent riding horses, all docile and easy to handle. You can choose between several outrides options. Most popular are our sunrise and sunset rides.

The Sunrise Ride: Guests meet for tea, coffee and biscuits at sunrise and then drive across to the stables. Once the horses and riders are ready and comfortable, the ride begins. Th Ge scenery varies quite dramatically, from dry river beds to massive camel thorn trees, to mountain paths and wide open grassy plains. After about two hours of riding, guests discover a breakfast table under a camel thorn tree, with a delicious spread of cheeses, cold meats, fresh bread and muffins, yoghurt, muesli and fruit platters. Fresh orange juice and percolated coffee, of course. After a leisurely breakfast, guests mount up and ride for another hour back to the stables.

The Sunset Ride: Afternoon tea and coffee are enjoyed on the lodge veranda, after which guests are driven across to the stables. Once horses and riders are ready and comfortable, the adventure begins. Riders wind their way across the grassy plains, and through ancient water courses and eventually up a steep mountain track, where a friendly barman with a selection of cocktails awaits them. Once the gin and tonics and snacks have been enjoyed with yet another magical desert sunset, guests once again mount up, and slowly make their way back to the stables. We also offer a sundowner drive in the evenings which includes a leisurely nature drive, slowly winding up a mountain, and culminating in gin and tonics and snacks, before venturing home again.

Guided Sossusvlei Trip: A guided trip from the Desert Homestead to the dunes at Sossusvlei.

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 Quiver Camp

Desert Quiver Camp

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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

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Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

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Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa

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Little Kulala

Little Kulala

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Little Sossus Lodge

Little Sossus Lodge

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

Moon Mountain Lodge

Moon Mountain Lodge

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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

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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 Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

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Sossusvlei Lodge

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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

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Traveller Reviews

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

Johansson, Per-olof

11 Nov 2010

Very nice place, in a very nice location. The excursion to Sossousvlei was good but a little bit to expensive

Cabaret, Nathalie

16 Sep 2015

The room was very nice . We seemed to be alone in the world....the food was great and the staff very friendly

Moller-linsler, Renate

1 May 2013

Very good place, excellent service, nice people. Air condition in the room would be better than the ventilator

Kessler, James

9 Jan 2016

A beautiful spot. The guided trip into Sossusvlei was excellent; I'm glad I did it with them and not on my own.

Maudslay, Simon

18 Aug 2013

Brilliant experience, great food and a wonderful morning ride. Great location, would have stayed a second night.

Voppen, Liza

12 Jan 2017

Beautiful location and great views from the chalets. The staff was very nice and we very much enjoyed our stay here!

Vereerstraeten, Yannick

25 Jun 2013

Fantastic view, especially at sunset. Excellent food. Great location (~30 minutes from the entrance of Sossusvlei park)

Adams, Duane

17 Jul 2013

Great place to just relax. Quiet and very private. Great food at the lodge. Tour to sosslevlei was well worth the money.

Terra, Christelle

17 Mar 2010

The place is nice and the food divine. Need maybe to do some activities inside the resort when you stay more than 2 days!!

Kingman,sylvia

20 Feb 2015

Excellent resort. Staff were extremely good and friendly. Morning organised drive to Sossusvlei was one of our highlights.

Diedericks, Theresa

26 May 2012

the best of the accomodation by far. Most amazing staff, great tour to sossusvlei with a guide called Seven. to be recommended

Cuthbert, Pene

25 Nov 2012

Awesome accommodation...great food and service...for horse riding they might benefit by having more helmets for beginner riders.

Thuresson, Frida

21 Nov 2012

Very nice staff, most beautiful place! But it would be nice with cheaper (or smaller) alternatives when it comes to the food (meals).

Rutz, Lotta

28 Apr 2011

Strange atmosphere. Staff over-eager to create a personal feeling (shaking hands with everybody etc). All it left was a strange feeling.

Schmid, Thomas

25 Nov 2012

great property, friendly staff, nice view, sometimes a little bit dirty (e.x. the pool smells unnatural, a lot of ants in the room, ...)

Laloux,olivier

19 Oct 2014

One of our preferred lodge.Well located. Not far from sossuvslei. excellent location with wonderfull view on the mountains. Very good welcome.

Martin, Tracey

22 Jul 2013

This property was great, rooms were nicely presented. Only constructive comment was that the staff were a little pushy to sell activities and tours.

Van Blommstein, Jane

28 Dec 2015

Wonderful place and amazing service! Wish the rooms had airconditioners, but we understand that running off of solar power makes this near impossible.

Croke, Michael

3 Dec 2009

Wonderful location. Stunning views across the plain! The horsey feeling here was also quite nice and very appropriate for the area. Very friendly staff.

Faure, Tony & Marietta

12 Jun 2012

A very nice stay and lovely staff, but it looks like it needs a good scrub in some places. Plenty of staff but very leisurely about the upkeep of the place.

Boldt, Dana

28 Nov 2011

Lovely isolated setting. It was a little far from Sossusvlei, but that is a minor complaint. Seven, our guide to the dunes, was excellent and knolwedgeable.

Turton, Jessica

26 Dec 2011

Staff here were extremely friendly. Only problem, was room being quite hot without air conditioner. However, with windows open and mosquito net down it was okay.

Annear, Christopher

14 Jul 2016

Excellent accommodation, setting in the desert and food. There are two negatives; 1) the inability to park a car near the chalet and 2) the distance to Sossusvlei

Boll, Sophie

9 Sep 2010

Absolutly amazing place. We took a scenic drive which was great and lasted 8 hours. Great staff with our kid and beautiful accomodation. Special thanks to our guide: Ivan.

Blackshaw, Victoria

8 Apr 2010

This was truly the most romantic, stunning, simplistic yet thought out place I have ever stayed in in my life. I plan to return on my honeymoon should I ever get married. :)

Dr Patel, Adam

31 Aug 2010

Excellent accomodation. However, due to special dietary requirements, we were very limited to what we could eat. I had to eat vegeetables for starters and main course as well!

Macleod, Ian

24 Jul 2011

Great accomodation/food/service. Horse riding a highlight of our trip...recommend at least 2 hour ride. Location prevents dawn arrival at dunes. Breakfast in a bag a nice touch.

Pick, Liz

18 Jul 2015

extremely friendly staff and really good meals. The sunset horse ride was a bit expensive, slow and frustrating. Wouldn't recommend it unless you've never ridden a horse before.

Dillion, Peter

30 Aug 2013

Stayed in a thatched bungalow. It was very good. The food was also very good. The staff asked about any food allergies when we arrived and catered for my wife`s gluten free diet.

Pipitone, Raffaella

12 Sep 2011

Good staff and dinner. I didn`t understand why they don`t let pay children lunches half price us in every other place we stayed. good horse ride even if the guide is not so skilled

Mcgrath, Catherine

14 Jan 2015

One of our least favorites. Service was awful. (the guides served dinner and breakfast - VERY slow and forgetful). Rooms nice however. Next time, I would stay closer to Sossusvlei.

Speer, Shannon

8 Nov 2012

Beautiful lodge, descent food, but needs a few improvements. They were out of soap while we were there and they also need screens in their windows. We were eaten alive by mosquitos.

Gaboardi, Andrea

3 Sep 2012

it was OK but probably the less convincing accomodation of the whole trip. The service was sometimes good and sometimes not so good and we expected more from the horseride. Vote 6/10

Benning, Shelley

14 Jan 2016

Really nice place - fans in the rooms are totally ineffective. Service was solid, but after the personal touch of the Zebra River Lodge, felt a little more reserved. Setting was gorgeous!

Ingram, Colin

8 Nov 2010

A good lodge to stay at when visiting Sossusviei. The rooms and meals were excellent and the central lodge was a nice place to relax. The coffee and cake in the afternoon should not be missed.

Sincup, John

3 Jun 2013

Well sited location for Sossusvlei, about 20 mins to gate. Good view from the room which was comfortable with ceiling fan to keep cool. Meals were good as was the service. A pleasant stay overall.

Bosazza, Mike

16 May 2011

The rooms are delightful with magnificent views across the plains to the mountains beyond. It was one of our best experiences. The paths are not as well-lit as they might be so a torch is a good idea.

Pring, Lesley

28 Apr 2016

Great option but maybe a little far from the gates, although it only meant that we had to get up a little earlier to be at the gates at 6am. All day tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes was certainly a plus.

Peremans, Annick

16 Oct 2012

Despite the lodge is 40 km from sossusvlei, we were glad to stay there as the location is great. Wonderful views in the morning and evening. Food is fine and horse-riding is also great. Very friendly staff

Langton, Sarah

9 Apr 2013

OK. Would suggest the staff need better training. Also I think it would be better for them to do some basic, nutritious food well rather than trying to do `pretty` European style food not very well at all.

Matheson, Archie

29 Nov 2010

The accommodation was really lovely and the staff were so friendly, it was really sad to leave there as everyone was just so nice. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone and the horse riding is a must!

Chambers, Ben

3 Jun 2015

Amazing resort. Staff was always there for us and the setting could not be more blissful. The nighttime sky here is special. Highly recommend the guided excursion to Sossusvlei, especially if you don't have a 4x4.

Dickey, Zane

26 Jul 2016

This was a very nice place with great food. It was on the pricey side and we spent more here than we would have liked but it also provided close access to the balloon ride the next morning making the arrival easier.

Stroud, Jamie

9 Jan 2011

i must admit the drive to desert homestead from windhoek was a bit more adventurous than i appreciated. The place itself was fantastic, people were really nice and helpful and I wish we had another day to spend there

Cohen, Jill

24 May 2018

Oh my goodness, what a place. The staff was so nice and friendly, always checking in to make sure everything was ok. The rooms were gorgeous and comfortable. The setting was heavenly and relaxing. I loved being here.

Smith, Linda

7 May 2013

This is a very good lodge in an excellent location. Staff were very good and the food was well presented and good. Horses very well schooled and anyone nervous or new to riding would have absolutely no problems here.

Read, Mary

18 Apr 2017

Such an unusual place. Highly recommend the organised trip to Sossusvlei which was brilliant, so glad we opted for it rather than driving ourselves as found out so much more. Very nice food here including for vegetarian

Dhenin, Sophie

29 Nov 2014

This place was wonderful, right out in the bush with a lovely tranquil feel. We were very comfortable here though found the food a little disappointing. Not sure why they felt they had to serve calamari so far away from the sea?

Sessions, Claire

3 Aug 2015

This lodge was very good. The service was excellent - loved the breakfast package to take to the dunes! Room was good quality - very tastefully decorated, with good quality finishings and stunning views. Would definitely recommend.

Androsoff, Katya

7 Apr 2015

What a gorgeous place to stay! Everything was top notch at Desert Homestead. The decor is fresh and pretty, the location scenic, cleanliness well above par, food tasty and the staff attentive and friendly. I wish we could have stayed longer!

Tatham, Charles

13 Jan 2018

The accommodation is lovely with great views onto a waterhole which attracted an oryx morning and night - nice! The staff are professional and the food was very good. There was an exceptional Maître d'Hotel who was very attentive to all the clients.

Lyons, Barney

9 Apr 2010

The venue is stunning and the staff were really helpful and friendly. The only issue I had with this place is the food was really poor and there was no way to eat elsewhere easily. Also the tours offered were ridiculously expensive. Lucky I had my truck!

Loftus, Steve

31 Dec 2019

This was my least favorite, but it was nice. It was not very close to Sossusvlei and it was quite expensive. We had better food in Swakopmund and Okaukuejo and less expensive. In the end, we get the best tactical flashlight as the gift. We are very happy about my journey.

Higgs, Julian

17 Sep 2011

An excellent venue. Really enjoyed it. They did mess up one morning when the staff were supposed to give us an early morning wake up call but they slept in! But apart from that the venue is great, great rooms, great staff, great food and service. Would highly recommend it.

Watson, Megan

28 Dec 2013

We were the only guests and were extremely well looked after. The setting of the lodge is perfect for enjoying the tranquility of the desert and it is located a short drive from Sesriem, the gate to Sossusvlei. A breeze kept us cool in the evening while we enjoyed the excellent food.

Coventry, Nicol

2 May 2012

We loved Desert Homestead. It was friendly, beautifully located and the perfect start to our Namibian adventure. The view from our beautifully natural and simple room was spectacular. Recommend the tour to Sossusvlei - was more meaningful with the Lodge`s guide than if we`d self driven.

Directions

From Windhoek drive south on the B1 to Rehoboth. Approx. 5km south of Rehoboth, turn west onto the C-24 driving through the small settlements of Klein Aub and Rietoog, before turning west again onto the D1206. After approx. 35km one arrives at Bullsport. From Bullsport one turns briefly south on the C-14 to Maltahohe (approx. 500m) before turning west again on the D-854. Follow this road to a T-junction approx. 75km and then turn north on the C-19 for 3.3km before reaching the Desert Homestead and Horse Trails on your left side. From Swakopmund drive to Walvis Bay. From Walvis Bay drive south-east towards Solitaire on the C-14. At Solitaire, turn south (towards Sesriem) on the C-19 and drive for approx. 95km before arriving at the Desert Homestead and Horse Trails on your right side.

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