Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei, Namibia

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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia's ancient Namib Desert in Southern Africa, the Sossusvlei lodge is a secluded and serene oasis that overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops. A world of vast spaces, endless horizons and rugged mountain heights, the utter tranquillity and extraordinary clarity of light make this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes.

UNLEASH IT: IN THIS SPECTACULARLY BEAUTIFUL LOCATION WITH SPACIOUS AND SERENE SUITES.
 

We Love
  • Exceptional star gazing, with star-viewing skylights and fully equipped observatory
  • Situated on the edge of the Namib Sand Sea, the biggest dune field south of the Sahara
  • Beautiful views over the desert plains offer a sense of timelessness and tranquillity
Need to Know
  • Conservancy & park entrance fees are not included in the above mentioned rates where applicable - these are charged per 24-hour period.
  • One Sossusvlei excursion per person per stay is included in the rates.
  • No single supplement is charged for the first two single rooms of a booking.

The Review

Cradled against the ancient mountains Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its luxurious accommodation overlooking the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. Designed to capture the splendour and solitude of the desert; there are just ten stone and glass villas spread out along the curve of an escarpment, allowing absolute privacy.

Wildlife
Over 230 metres (750 feet) high and constantly twisted and shaped by the wind, these breathtaking dunes are among the highest in the world. Known as the Living Desert, the dunes of the Namib abound with specially adapted beetles, spiders, lizards, gerbils, golden moles and other creatures, all leaving their tell-tale tracks in the fine sand.

The plains and dry watercourses are home to oryx, springbok, Burchell’s and Hartmann’s mountain zebra, kudu, ostrich and giraffe. Predators include leopard, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, Cape and bat-eared foxes, termite-eating aardwolf and African wildcat. More than 114 bird species can be seen in the desert skies. The fascinating wildlife, combined with the endless spaces, utter tranquillity and extraordinary light, make this one of Africa’s most compelling natural regions.

Why Stay
Each air conditioned suite at the Sossusvlei lodge is furnished to complement the majestic hues of the desert and features a private veranda, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, ensuite glass-encased bathroom and outdoor shower. The villas are equipped with a star-viewing skylight, discrete music system and a custom-stocked personal bar.

Guest areas flow into vast desert views, as the stone and glass structure of the Lodge melts into wraparound verandas. Cool water gushes from an underground spring into the refreshing lodge pool, while an extensive walk-in wine cellar provides refreshment of a different sort. Mouth watering dinners are served by lantern light on the open dining veranda or in a surprise location in the nearby dunes. When night falls, a resident astronomer reveals the mysteries of the stars in the state of the art observatory.

Experience
Spend your day exploring the NamibRand Nature Reserve on a scenic nature drive, which concentrates on unique desert-adapted plants and wildlife, as well as the starkly beautiful desert landscapes. After lunch take a walk to a cave with San Bushman painting, cool off with a refreshing dip in the pool or indulge in a siesta before afternoon tea. If you're up for something more active, quad biking adventures, hikes and walks will let you explore the surrounding scenery and satisfy your sense of adventure.

Getting There

Air Namibia flies routes within southern Africa as well as some international flights to London and Frankfurt. With daily flights from neighbouring South Africa and Botswana, it incorporates easily into any Southern African itinerary.

Scheduled charter flights operate to the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge airstrip, where guests are greeted and transferred to the lodge, a mere six-minute drive away. The Lodge can also be reached by two wheel drive vehicle on good gravel roads. The travelling distance is 380 km (235 miles) from Swakopmund and 360 km (220 miles) from Windhoek.

 

 
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei, Namibia

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

NamibRand Nature Reserve
In this spectacularly beautiful location, spacious and serene suites envelope guests in pure indulgence, complete with an outdoor shower and a dramatic skylight over the bed for late night star gazing.

Rating                               Classic Camp
Type                                 Safari Camp
No. Rooms                         10 classic tents
Max Occupants                   20 guests
Occupancy/Tent                  2 (plus one child 16 years and younger)
Interests                            Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                             Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                       Visa and Master Card
 

Electricity & Water
The camp has 220v AC. Please note that the generator is generally switched off overnight; with prior notice the camp is able to provide 24-hour electricity for guests with special requirements. Guests are urged to bring two batteries for video recorders or cameras, as a battery can only be charged when the generator is in use.


Policies

Children Policy
    children 5 years and younger cannot participate in scheduled safari activities;
    children aged 6 to 11 can participate in scheduled safari activities at the lodge manager’s discretion; children under the age of 16 cannot participate in quad bike (ATV) excursions

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
    Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:     12:00 PM
    Check out:     11:00 AM
    Suggested stay:  1 night

 

NamibRand Nature Reserve

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. Part of the biggest dune field south of the Sahara, an area known as the Namib Sand Sea, the spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei, arrayed in magnificent hues of orange, buttermilk, pumpkin and sienna, tower over a vast, dry pan.

The harsh environmental conditions that exist here have led to the evolution of numerous plant and animal species that are specially adapted to survive in the desert. Uniquely adapted to their desert home, oryx are able to live without water by extracting sufficient moisture from their diet. Often spotted standing atop the highest dunes, the antelope maintain this photogenic pose in order to lose heat stored in their bodies in the slight breeze. Herds of up to thirty appear on the open plains or amongst the dunes.

Another animal that has adapted to the harsh desert terrain is the Hartmann’s mountain zebra, which digs beneath the earth’s surface for its drinking water. The springbok, which gets its name from its habit of leaping off the ground with all four feet, is also characteristic of the arid Namib Desert. The world’s largest bird, the ostrich, does superbly in the arid habitat of the Namib, where it rarely seeks shade or water. Aardwolf, bat-eared and Cape fox, as well as porcupine spend a large portion of their lives underground, emerging at night, when temperatures have dropped.


When to go  

Namibia has hot summers with comfortable nights and warm, sunny winters with cold night-time temperatures. Rain can be experienced from January to March. Average rainfall varies widely, from less than 50mm / 2” per year along the coast to 350mm / 13” in the central regions. Best time to travel is year round.

Summer: 18˚C / 65˚F to 42˚C / 107˚F
Winter: 5˚C / 41˚F to 32˚C / 90˚F

Visa and Health
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is in a malaria-free area.

All visitors to Namibia need a valid passport, but no visas are required by citizens of some countries including Australia, the US and the UK for visits shorter than three months. You may be asked to show an onward air ticket.


Getting There

Most international flights into Namibia land at Windhoek’s Chief Hosea Kutako International Airport, 42km east of the capital city. Shorter-haul international flights may also use Windhoek’s in-town Eros Airport, although this airport mainly serves internal flights and light aircraft.

Air Namibia flies routes within southern Africa as well as some international flights to London and Frankfurt. With daily flights from neighbouring South Africa and Botswana, it incorporates easily into any Southern African itinerary.

Scheduled charter flights operate to the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge airstrip, where guests are greeted and transferred to the lodge, a mere six-minute drive away. The Lodge can also be reached by two wheel drive vehicle on good gravel roads. The travelling distance is 380 km (235 miles) from Swakopmund and 360 km (220 miles) from Windhoek.

Sossusvlei Airstrip    
Coordinates:          S 24˚48.11’    E 15˚53.29’
GPS Coordinates    S 27˚46.657’    E 032˚20.942’
Camp Closure        Open Year-round