Reviews of Desert Homestead
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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?
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.
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Good location. Rooms lacked free power point and fridge. Food was extremely ordinary verging towards poor. Personally i thought kitchen lacked supervision.Read more about the whole safari
sister to grootberg lodge and similar experience - this was a bit more polished, but also slightly less charming - if you do not ride , then you get less attention from management. villa very good and communal areas and food excellent.
received good advice on making our own trip .
two lovely dogs.
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lovely location, good access to dunesRead more about the whole safari
Great views of desert landscape
Although some of the staff were rather indifferent, the service on the whole here was good and the rooms were very comfortable. Didn't have time to go on any of the outings but did enjoy the swimming pool in the very hot weather.Read more about the whole safari
Lovely setting at Desert Homestead
We loved this place. The staff were fantastic and in particular Colin the manager was exceptionly helpful and had a great sense of humour. This place is very relaxing and in a beautiful setting.
The only one downside to the accomodation was that there were no powerpoints in our chalet/hut. (How can a girl do her hair?) Not the end of the world though and we would certainly go back again.
Only able to spend 1 night here as I realised that I needed medical attention in Swakomund for what turned out to be a broken wristRead more about the whole safari
Relaxed base to visit Sossuvlei
Excellent welcome after long drive from Windhoek. Charming accommodation (spacious and stylish walk in shower room) in thatched rondavel, well spaced from its neighbours and with views over grassland to the horizon. Friendly and flexible service from all staff.
Excellent food and non menu items made to order (although I did have to explain to the cook how to make eggy toast!) Went horseriding at sundown and met my non-riding husband for drinks in glorious setting. Everyone seemed genuinely keen to ensure that we enjoyed your stay.
Super starry sky
Very helpful and considerate staff. Good packed breakfast for Sossusvlei trip.
Unfortunately, there seemed to be a problem in the kitchen one evening, and as a result the meal was undercooked, which was disappointing as the other meals were fine. However, we were not the only ones to mention this, and the staff were most concerned and apologetic. An allowance was made for this when we settled out bill on leaving.
A stunning location
The new 'Homestead' is located in a fantastic location. The accommodation places you right in the landscape. The facilities are excellent, though you need the blankets to keep out the late winter chill on windy nights.
The guided trip to the desert seemed a little expensive prior to departure but turned out to be excellent value for money, expectations were greatly exceeded.
Our guide was charming, informative and very relaxed enabling the day to unfold without the need to stick to a strict programme.
The duration of the trip seemed to be as long as we were happy to be out.