Overview of Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

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 Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft Nature Reserve, 10 stone, steel and glass suites 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 suite has a retractable skylight above the oversized bed, allowing for private stargazing.

Set out with your knowledgeable guide on a 4×4 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 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. Bordering 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 skylight above your bed.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Ten private stone villas with skylights
  • Dark sky reserve provides impeccable stargazing
  • Private observatory & resident astronomer
  • Hiking, quad biking, dune climbing & e-biking
  • Hot-air ballooning & helicopter flights
  • Wine cellar & world-class wellness centre
  • Family-friendly activities & childminding service

Dune walks & drives

Guided walks


Hot air ballooning

Nature drives


Scenic drives

Scenic flights

Specialist guides

Star gazing

Rooms at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Triple Suite

    The Star Suite consists of two en suite bedrooms that are linked by a communal area featuring a private lounge and dining area.

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      Each air-conditioned stone and glass suite has a wraparound veranda boasting incredible desert vistas and an outdoor shower. The design and décor of the 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.

      General Facilities

      The bold, contemporary geometric main building is sleek in design, while the fluidity of this split-level lodge complements the natural desert environment, striking a pleasing contrast with the ruggedness of its surroundings. The lodge has a central island-bar suited to mingling and a comfortable sitting room with floor-to-ceiling windows 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 can observe wildlife with a sundowner at the nearby waterhole, frequented by wildlife, 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. 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.

      Take care of your health and mental wellbeing at the gym and two-part wellness centre. Practice yoga or meditate as the first rays of light illuminate the desert landscape or work up a sweat on the treadmill to boost your energy for the day. After a day of hiking sand dunes and exploring the surrounding area, retire back to camp for a rejuvenating treatment for an authentic African spa experience that you won’t soon forget.


      Beauty therapist

      Computer facilities

      Laundry service

      Swimming pool

      Wi-Fi available


      Guests’ are treated to a 5-star dining experience when staying at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. The interactive kitchen prepares fresh, innovative meals that will satisfy the most discerning traveller, with layout allowing for guests to create their own dishes and menus if they so desire.

      Dining spaces are spread out in various locations inside and outside the lodge, ensuring that guests won’t enjoy a meal in the same place twice. Before sitting down to dinner, visit the walk-in wine cellar and handpick a bottle to accompany your meal.

      Expert Opinion

      We know because we go
      Liesel van Zyl

      Liesel van Zyl

      Product Manager

      I still dream about going to sleep looking up at the stars through the skylight above my bed! I also thoroughly enjoyed the Sossusvlei excursion and the rooms are very luxurious with all the modcons including electric blankets in Winter.

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