Desert Homestead

Reviews of Desert Homestead

Excellent(91%) From 63 travellers
Excellent
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Good
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Below are independent comments from 63 of our travellers who have visited Desert Homestead, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs B - Edinburgh
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Desert Homestead review

Wonderful location and the rooms have fantastic views while being very private - the plumbing for the sink and shower (copper piping with on/off valves) was great! Lovely pool but lack of loungers - only 3.

Seating area for after dinner is very relaxing and comfortable. Food was good for two nights but lamb neck bone stew on the third night was disappointing - couldn't find the meat. Great service - smiley, friendly, happy staff.

We went for a sundowner horse ride - two experienced rides, one OK and one absolute beginner - Lisa was excellent at looking after us all.

Packed breakfast for sunrise at the dunes was very good. Only drawback is that the external gate to Sosussvlei opens one hour after the internal gate for those camping in the park. Buy tickets the day before and you can drive straight through when the external gate opens.

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Mr & Mrs B - Essex
Arrived on: 10-May-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Most disappointing

This sadly perhaps was the most disappointing of all the places we stayed.

The guides and lodge staff themselves were wonderful and the accomodation lovely. However, the food was appalling! Everything in the main course tasted as though it had loads of sugar in and we were sevred what seemed to be a stale rock hard sponge with thick lumps of custard on it for dessert. After our first meal here [ during which other people were also complaining]; we discreetly asked if we could speak with the Manager. Another memebr of staff spoke to us and asked us what the problem was. We gently asked if he would welcome any feedback upon the meal. which he welcomed and agreed with! We never did get to see the Manager and unfortunately the meal on the second evening was no better.

However, we had the most amazing trip with Severn and Villa who took us to Soussvlei for a Champagne Breakfast. Their knowledge and clear love of all things wild were brilliant. We also went on a pre-booked balloon trip over the dunes [with another Champagne Breakfast!] again a fabulous experince - despite having to leave about 4.00a.m. to dirive to Soussvlei. We also did an evening sundowner drive at the Desert Homestead where again, the guides were wonderful.

It was such a shame about the food as other elements of our stay here were wonderful.

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Mr B - USA
Arrived on: 26-Jan-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Homestead review

The Desert Homestead appears to occupy a hill only slightly higher than the desert floor; however, once in the lodge it seems quite high up with commanding views over the Namib in every direction. Individual reed-roofed huts are cleverly situated so that you seem to be alone on your porch amid the desert and mountains.

The staff here are mostly from Northern Namibia and they are delightful: smiling, fun and friendly.

We highly recommend the Homestead's in-house guide, Seven, who will drive you in a Land Rover to Sesriem/Sossusvlei in time for sunrise over the dunes. Seven is eager to share his extensive knowledge of the sand and fauna and does so with an enjoyable sense of humor as you blow by less intelligent people, hopelessly stuck in sand, who attempted the trip in an ordinary car or lesser 4x4.

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Mr B & Ms D - Dublin
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Desert Homestead review

We didn't do any activity. Good location to visit Sesriem.

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Mr & Mrs H - West Sussex
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Desert Homestead review

After a detour to Solitaire to repair our first of 3 punctures, this place is something else with a " display" of old rusting vehicles and a helpful garage and of course the bakery with freshly baked goodies and the famous apple pie!, we arrived early evening from Windhoek.
A welcome drink awaited and we were shown around the lodge and to our detached cottage.
The views at sunset were stunning. The night sky even better.
The staff here were very friendly and attentive and generally reacted quickly to any issues.
We did comment that the evening meals could be served hotter and hopefully this will be acted upon as the food quality was good.
The cottage was very dark, we appreciate that there are power issues but when one of the bedside lights needed a replacement bulb it was unfortunately not dealt with.
An issue with the plumbing was dealt with so quickly that the Manager and 2 maintenance staff were at the cottage before I had walked back from the lodge after reporting the situation.....very efficient ... and soon followed by a chambermaid to clean up.

The location of the lodge a 40 minute drive from Sesriem and the gates to the dunes was not an issue.
At Sesriem a single member of staff manually filling out permits is an unnecessary delay. The wildlife authority must be aware that the time for the best photographs of the dunes is at sunrise or within a couple of hours and to create such a bottleneck delaying entering, for up to an hour, for the 45km drive to reach the main dunes seems unreasonable but stilll well worth the journey.

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Mr. A & Ms. B - St. Albans
Arrived on: 20-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Food:
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Desert Homestead review

Dessert Homestead was a pleasant place to stay with a magnificent view from every room. The location was convenient for visiting Sossusvlei.

We opted to do the trip to Sossusvlei ourselves as we felt the trip run by the lodge was expensive. Doing the trip ourselves was fine and very easy to do... the shuttle for the last 4x4 5km was regular and worked out well.

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Mr. Z & Mrs. O - Netherlands
Arrived on: 2-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Homestead review

A beautiful lodge, an easy laid-back atmosphere, a very warm staff, and pretty well-located for a trip to the Sossusvlei area make Desert Homestead an excellent place to stay a couple of nights.

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Mrs J & Mr D - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 7-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Desert Homestead review

The staff were very friendly and the rooms clean. Affordable trips. The communal powerpoint to charge equipment was inconveinent. We would have liked a socket in the room.

Overall we had two lovely nights stay.

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The Lanner Falcons from Surrey
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Home home on the plains

It's a very bumpy and dusty journey to Desert Homestead, but it's worth it.

We had the two bungalows furthest from the central facilities, so had a nice walk to and from each time. It was tremendously windy while we were there - some concerns that we would find our thatched roof missing in the mornings - but it was OK, the lashings held.

We were kept very busy it seemed, so had little time to relax. The sundowner trip was the best we had, a table laid by the guide with good snacks and a super sunset. The highlight was, of course, Sossusvlei with dune climbing, lots of picture taking and a champagne(ish) breakfast, etc etc to cap it all! Returning via Sesriem Canyon we were pretty tired when we got back.

The staff were super and we had a wonderful session of singing after dinner.

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The Dune larks from Sheffield
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Desert Homestead review

Great views and location for visiting Sossusvlei.

Food was good at the lodge and we were taken to Sossusvlei on one of the trips they offered - ie champagne breakfast with very informative guide, Randy, and climbed the dunes and walked the Deadvlei - great!

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