Desert Homestead

Reviews of Desert Homestead

Excellent(90%) From 68 travellers
Excellent
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Good
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Below are independent comments from 68 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.
Mr. A & Ms. B - St. Albans
Arrived on: 20-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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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Facilities:
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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
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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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:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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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
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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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
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
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Food:
Good
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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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The Aardwolves from Middlesex
Arrived on: 10-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Desert Homestead review

The most friendly staff we came across with wonderful nightly singing. Tha accommodation was fine and they are not blamed for the cold winds!

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Mr P & Mrs A from Chipping Norton
Arrived on: 25-Apr-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Activities:
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Excellent sunset ride.

Very convenient for Sossusvlei. Enjoyed the sunset horseback ride very much. Friendly and helpful staff.

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The black-winged stilts
Arrived on: 7-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
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Food:
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Facilities:
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Desert Homestead review

This place was lovely. Loved the location and the view from the hill that you can climb just next to the homestead is outstanding. I thought this was the most well designed chalet, with the bed looking out at the view and the bathroom spacious and well designed to fit into the lodge so it flowed into the room.

Liked the little extras like the shampoo and conditioner etc. Nice eating area and pool area (although the pool could have done with a clean).

My only negative comment about this place is it is a bit too over welcoming on arrival with all the questions as to what our plans were for the next day. The guy seemed like a persistent salesman who why slyly trying to get us onto one of his trips without us realising it. They should just give people a run down of the trips they offer and how much they cost, perhaps in a pack on arrival. Then you can mull over it and speak later if there is anything of interest to you. It's a bit full on to have someone meet you at you car as soon as you pull up hot and bothered from a long drive. At that stage you just want a cool drink and the key to your room for a rest.

Food was nice, but we did get a very minor stomach bug after staying here.

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Mr & Ms Rockjumper from London
Arrived on: 12-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Amazing place and setting

Desert Homestead is a luxurious lodge but with an environmental ethos. The individual chalets were quite extraordinary for the detail, comfort, style and views.

The communal facilities and food were similarly luxurious and sophisticated. The staff were excellent and we felt we got First Class treatment in the middle of the desert!

We went for a short walk behind the lodge site which was worthwhile for the views. We also went on a morning excursion to Sossusvlei (with another couple at the Lodge) which seemed to be the standard package on offer. Although we enjoyed our visit, we would have liked something more tailored to our interests and focus. Instead, we felt we were only offered what everyone else was doing at exactly the same time - arrival at 6.30 for opening, climbing Vlei 42 (although we did manage to avoid this and instead climb Dead Vlei), a very quick drive through the dunes and a great deal a time spent eating an extravagant brunch (Including sparkling wine which none of us wanted). We would have preferred less time on eating and more time exploring the dunes!

Is it possible to have a more flexible option for those who want it?

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Expert Africa comments

Andrew and Melissa, the owners of Desert Homestead, replied that they are sorry the trip to the dunes at Sossusvlei did not meet the expectations of these travellers. They explained that on their group tour to the dunes everyone leaves together, as early as possible, to be at the Sesriem gate when it opens. This means that visitors are then able to watch sunrise over the dunes, offering the best possible light and temperature. Later in the morning the light goes flat and it can become unpleasantly hot, which is when they stop for brunch. Depending on the number of guests on the vehicle and what the general consensus is, the guide is generally at the guests’ disposal. Andrew and Melissa suggest that if guests want to have activities specifically tailored to their individual interests and it is probably best that they book a private guide and vehicle for the day.

The Longclaws from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 29-Dec-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
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Facilities:
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Average

Desert Homestead review

Good location. Rooms lacked free power point and fridge. Food was extremely ordinary verging towards poor. Personally i thought kitchen lacked supervision.

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