Elegant desert lodge

Elegant Desert Lodge (previously called Betesda Lodge) is situated on beautiful farmland and is located 38kms from the gate to the NamibNaukluft Park. Guests are guaranteed a friendly, warm welcome just an hour's drive from Sesriem. An early start is required if you want to watch the sunrise on the way to Sossusvlei. Stay in well-maintained value-for-money desert accommodation, ideal for families with small children.

The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means "six belts", since the early settlers had to attach together six belts (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 entrance gate to the Namib Desert and the dunes at Sossusvlei is at Sesriem, and so anyone visiting the park needs to pass through this point.

Sossusvlei 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. 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.

Sossusvlei is one of 4 clay pans in the area, the others being The Dead Vlei, Hidden Vlei and Nara Vlei. A 60km tarred road runs along the Tsauchab valley, and access to the valley is from Sesriem. The road ends 4kms short of Sossusvlei, but 4x4 vehicles can go further. There is a shuttle transport service or if visitors prefer, it is safe to walk.

Elegant Desert Lodge has a restaurant/bar and a guest lounge. All meals are served buffet style and Namibian cuisine is the order of the day. There is a swimming pool, laundry service, disabled access and secure parking. Elegant Desert Lodge is also child-friendly.

Rooms were built with flat rocks from the mountains of Elegant Desert Lodge and have wonderful views over the Namib Desert. Overnight in 25 double rooms, some have double and others twin beds. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning.

Activities include the famous and spectacular sunrise Sossusvlei excursions. On the return journey, guests will take a short drive to walk through Sesriem Canyon. Sundowner drives and quad biking trips can also be arranged, the routes start and finish from the lodge.

Elegant Desert Lodge has it's own landing strip nearby, for transfers to and from the lodge for it's guests.

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Sossusvlei: An early morning start at around 05h30 heads to Dune 45 and on to the classic features at Sossusvlei. A visit to Sesriem Canyon follows returning around 14h00-15h00. Maximum 6 passengers.

Hiking: Self-hike around the natural trails around the farm.

Sundowner/farm trip: Cattle and sheep are reared on the farm and oryx, kudu, zebra and springbok are resident in the area.

Quad biking:  Elegant Desert Lodge have 5 quad bikes available. Your guide will lead you around the Naukluft Mountains, game viewing and stopping at suitable points to admire the view and quench your thirst at the same time.

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

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Hoodia Desert Lodge

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Little Sossus Lodge

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Moon Mountain Lodge

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Traveller Reviews

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

Chiarelli,stefano

3 Oct 2016

Really comfortable Lodge, intimate atmosphere and spacious rooms. Perfect dinner and breakfast service

Bistos, Nathalie

20 Nov 2017

We had a wonderful time there for the excursion with a very nice guide and the dinners outside beside the brasero.

Dr Garcia Bena, Juan Manuel

30 Sep 2011

Overall Ok. As Anita (a consultant at the Cardboard Box Travel Shop)  told us it's located a little bit far from Sossusvlei.

May, Bernd

1 Jan 1970

simple but sufficient; personal made a lot of efforts; a bit outlying for a longer stay; for an overnight stop to be recommended

Peters, Sven

9 Sep 2009

The only lodge/campsite in Namibia that we did not like, because of the arrogant service and the bad meal in the restaurant. Avoid it!!!

Velasco, Marianne

7 Jan 2014

A lovely place to stay. The pool was a refreshing break during such hot weather. Loved the patio out back; it made for great star gazing in the evening.

Steward, Peter

24 Oct 2016

Good value for money, does the job, food was a bit on the simple side and they struggled to understand dietary requirements. Location good for accessing Sesriem.

Hughes, Maureen

4 Oct 2010

The staff at Betesda were excellent very helpful and friendly. We cannot fault anything about the stay. Food was also very good and the pool also good and kept nice and clean.

Pau Chia, Noelia

17 Nov 2011

The best place we've beenin Namibia. All the service people at Betesda were really nice to the guests. Rooms are fantastic and the views froom the terrace at the room are amazing

Grassi, Gabriele

12 Sep 2015

The room is fine: big and comfortable. However dinner is poor. Breakfast starts at 6 am a bit late if you want to be at the Sesriem gate when it opens (they can pack it for you).

Vogt, Doris

6 Jun 2012

Absolutely friendly and professional staff. Superb rooms and facilities. No problem to travel the 40 Km to the entrance of the Sesriem and Soususvlei. By far the best food in the south

Dufour, Jean Marc

21 Oct 2017

Large room. The shower could be improved, more like a shower of a camping site. Owners very nice. The place itself is very nice. The road to get there is extremely shaky and too far from Sossusvlei

Arounova, Ellena

26 Nov 2011

Very nice and quiet place with beautiful surrounding. There you'll find everything you need to relax after the exausting drive from Windhoek. Very good service, warm-hearted staff, very well mantained and managed place.

Watt, Sam

11 Nov 2010

Accommodation a bit basic, but adequate. Poor electric supply and no points in rooms. Managment and staff could not have been more helpful. Especially helpful when had car problem and had to stay another night when they were fully booked.

Directions

Elegant Desert Camp is situated 40 km south east of Sesriem. It is on the northern side of the D854, 5 km east of the junction with the C19. Landing strip - Co-ordinates S2439.70 E0160.02

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