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Amid massive dune fields and the jagged escarpment, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is a serene oasis overlooking the shifting sands and stony outcrops of the ancient Namib Desert. Set in the foothills of the far northern region of the Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft Nature Reserve, 10 stone and glass villas provide a peaceful retreat from which to soak up the haunting beauty of the vast, stark terrain and endless horizons characterising this dramatic landscape. The best part? Each villa has moonroof about the enormous bed, allowing for private stargazing.

Set out with your knowledgeable guide on a 4x4 or walking safari and learn how these desert-adapted species, like welwitschia plants, overcome the dry conditions for their basic survival. If you are after an adrenalin fix, traverse this rugged landscape on a quad bike (ATV), zipping over the towering sand dunes, or climb into the basket of a hot-air balloon for postcard aerial views of the desert. From the summit of each dune, look far over the sandscape layered with dusty pink rose quartz and hues of orange, pumpkin and apricot. Take an excursion to Sossusvlei and climb the 325-metre Big Daddy dune, or visit Deadvlei – a salty-white clay pan punctuated with dead black acacia trees set against the bright orange sand dunes.

Throughout your days at the lodge, the shifting rays of the sun bring different pieces of the desert to light, not only its varied colours and textures but wildlife such as proud oryx antelope, pebble-eating ostriches and Hartmann’s mountain zebra, along with jackals and hyena. But after dark a completely different landscape comes to life in the majestic skies above this never-ending desert. Situated within an internationally recognised ‘dark sky reserve’, the galaxy is better appreciated from this lodge than almost anywhere else in the world. Astronomy talks hosted in the observatory by the resident astronomer provide fascinating insight into the intricacies of our solar system. The feelings of grand insignificance which brew in the vastness of this desert become exaggerated when gazing into the infinite skies, observed still from the comfort of your suite through the moonroof above your bed.

highlights

  • 10 private stone villas with moonroofs
  • Dark sky reserve for stargazing
  • Private observatory & resident astronomer
  • Hiking, quad biking, dune climbing & hot-air ballooning
  • Excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon & Deadvlei
  • Wi-Fi & wine cellar

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Facilities

Contemporary in its sleek design, the fluidity of this split-level lodge compliments the natural desert environment, while also striking a pleasing contrast with the ruggedness of its surroundings. The lodge has a fire-lit bar suited to mingling and a comfortable sitting room with windows for walls that fold away completely to facilitate dune-watching. There is a gift shop and a mezzanine library all pulled together by a wraparound verandah, bringing the desert landscape to the fore.

Guests are able to observe wildlife with a sundowner at the nearby waterhole where animals often congregate as the last of daylight disappears behind the sand dunes. The spring-fed circular, infinity-edge swimming pool is the ideal place to cool off during the afternoon and watch shimmering mirages over the hot sands in the distance. Guests can visit the walk-in wine cellar and handpick a bottle to accompany their meal. Astronomy talks with a qualified astronomer are held after dark in the observatory, which boasts Namibia’s second most powerful electronic telescope. To minimise as much light pollution as possible, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge’s exterior is lit by red light at night.

Lodge activities designed to put guests into close contact with this incredible landscape include quad biking, hiking and walking. Excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon and Dead Vlei can be arranged with a guide and tailored to suit your needs. Hot air ballooning can also be enjoyed close to the lodge.

Wi-Fi internet access is available in the lodge’s public areas.

General Facilities

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    Wi-fi available
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    Swimming Pool
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    Laundry service
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    Internet facilities
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    Bar
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    Beauty or wellness therapist

Dining

Quench your thirst with a glass of fresh lemonade on arrival and look forward to tasting a variety of game meats, included kudu, in different venues such as the upstairs terrace and wine cellar. Meals are often picnics in surprise locations, including out in the veld.

Suite

Each air-conditioned stone and glass suite has a wraparound verandah boasting incredible desert vistas and an outdoor shower. The design and décor of the split-level suite is minimalistic and unassuming with an emphasis on capturing the splendour and solitude of the surroundings. Massive windows bring the stark beauty of the desert into your peaceful abode while a glass-encased en suite bathroom and dramatic skylight over the bed continually draw your attention to the grand outdoors. On cool evenings, stay warm with a nightcap at your room’s central fireplace.

Suite AMENITIES

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    Air-conditioning
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    En-suite shower only
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    Hairdryer
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    Mini Bar
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    Outdoor shower
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    Outside area
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    Safe
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    Telephone
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    Twin bed available

Activities

  • Dune walks & drives
  • Guided walks
  • Hiking
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Nature drives
  • Quad-biking trails
  • Scenic drives
  • Scenic flights
  • Specialist guides
  • Star-gazing
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 07 Jan 2014 - 31 May 2014 $490 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jun 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $785 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 20 Dec 2014 $490 Fully Inclusive
  • 21 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $785 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most curent rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • What a special setting! Looking over the desert with the early morning glow is worth the trip alone. As others have said the rooms are very private, wonderfully comfortable, large and decorated tastefully. George, was our guide, was the star of the staff and what a great job he did. Always available, solving minor problems, on time and ready to go. He is knowledgeable, has the eyes of an eagle, and always in good humor. A true asset to the lodge. We had a very nice time in the desert. Larry, the resident astronomer, was always a treat to have a conversation with even on topics outside of astronomy. The airstrip is just a 5 minute ride to the lodge and a 55 minute flight from Windhoek. We had a very pleasant stay!

    Steve Peterson, May 2013
  • Wow - what an amazing place to celebrate an anniversary! The lodge and its location are stunning, the food was great, but it was the staff and their commitment to guest satisfaction that really won us over.

    Wayne Liebelt, July 2012
  • Easily the best place on our trip on every aspect. Great location, excellent staff who were well trained and so keen to be of help. Food very good and a nice touch on leaving was to give us water for our next journey.

    Irene Godfrey, July 2008

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Anja Naude

Anja Naude

Africa Safari Expert

"I just love the setting of this desert lodge. The views of the dunes are amazing! I particularly recommend going on the morning quad bike excursion - so memorable!"

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Wow - what an amazing place to celebrate an anniversary! The lodge and its location are stunning, the food was great, but it was the staff and their commitment to guest satisfaction that really won us over.

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