Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namib Desert, Namibia

One of the most pristine areas on Earth, the Namib Desert is a world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic landscapes and jagged mountain heights.

Set in one of the most pristine areas on Earth, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in the Namib Desert allows guests to experience this world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic landscapes and jagged mountain heights. The lodge is situated in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, 180 000 hectares of unspoiled desert wilderness and the largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa. The reserve includes part of the biggest dune field south of the Sahara, an area known as the Namib Sand Sea with the spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei, arrayed in magnificent hues of orange towering over a vast, dry pan.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is cradled against the ancient mountains and is renowned for its luxurious accommodation which overlooks the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. The lodge has been designed to capture the stark splendour of the desert whilst maintaining a sense of solitude with just ten stone and glass suites spread along the curve of the escarpment, allowing each suite absolute privacy.

The air-conditioned suites are furnished to complement the hues of the desert and include a veranda, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, ensuite glass-encased bathroom and outdoor shower. Suites at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge are equipped with a star-viewing skylight, discrete music system and custom-stocked personal bar.

The guest areas boast unimpeded desert vistas, where walls have become windows that fold away completely. The split-level lodge boasts a fire-lit bar, comfortable sitting room, wraparound veranda and Safari Shop. A fine selection of wines from an impressive walk-in wine cellar complements the delicious meals.

Guests can escape the desert heat with a revitalising midday dip in the pool, fed by water from an underground spring. At sunset, animals are drawn to a nearby waterhole, enhancing desert sundowner drinks. A state-of-the-art observatory and resident astronomer provide insight into the magnificent constellations of Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve allowing exceptional star gazing, with a fully equipped observatory.

Peculiar highlights of the NamibRand Nature Reserve includes mysterious fairy circles, a variety of dune types including petrified dunes, San rock paintings and simply magnificent open spaces populated by specially adapted desert wildlife – oryx, springbok, Burchell’s and Hartmann’s zebra, bat eared foxes, as well as a variety of insects and lizards. The reserve is explored via nature drives with excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon and Dead Vlei, guided nature walks and quad bike excursions. Ballooning is available at an additional charge.

In Outline

Location

Access

There are scheduled daily charter flights to the lodge’s private airstrip.

The lodge is a 400 kilometre / 248 mile drive from Windhoek and a 380 kilometre / 236 mile drive from Swakopmund on good quality gravel roads.

It is advisable to use a 4×4 vehicle during the rainy season, from November to May.

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Rates
From NAD 5250
7 January – 31 May, November – 20 December
NAD 5250
1 – 6 January, June – October, 21 – 31 December
NAD 8430

Climate

Namibia has hot summers with comfortable nights and warm, sunny winters with cold night-time temperatures.

Rain can be experienced from January to March.

SUMMER

Summers in the Namib are hot with temperatures reaching low 40o Celsius.

WINTER

Winters are cold in the morning with midday temperatures reaching mid 30o Celsius.

Facilities

  • Ten Air-Conditioned Stone and Glass Desert Suites
  • Fireplaces in Rooms for the Colder Months
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Star-Viewing Skylights above Beds
  • Lodge Swimming Pool
  • Safari Shop
  • Observatory with Professional Astronomer
  • Family Friendly
  • Ballooning (Additional Charge)

Travel Notes

Game Sightings

The plains and dry watercourses are home to oryx, springbok, Burchell’s and Hartmann’s zebra, kudu, ostrich and giraffe. Predators include leopard, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, Cape and bat-eared foxes, termite-eating aardwolf and African wildcat.

Best Time to Travel

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is a year round destination.

Bird Sightings

More than 114 bird species can be seen in the desert skies.

Guest Safety

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is situated in a wildlife area and is not fenced. Guests are requested to take care at all times and adhere to guidance given by guides and lodge management.