Sossus Dune Lodge

Reviews of Sossus Dune Lodge

Good(89%) From 87 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 87 of our travellers who have visited Sossus Dune Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr P & Mrs E - Eastbourne
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Wonderful setting; very friendly service which was not always very efficient.
Fantastic situation for visiting Sossusflei, but travelling in the early morning in an open Land Rover, we were as cold as we have been in years.

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Mr & Mrs L from Wallingford, Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful location

We really appreciated the welcome, friendliness and enthusiasm of all the staff. The location inside the park was a real bonus.

The guide was very good.

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Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

The rooms are very attractive and well designed, and the location is excellent, being inside the park. But the service is completely chaotic, to the point of being comical. The staff are friendly and pleasant, but even the simplest request seems to cause total confusion.

We did not make use of the guiding here, since it seemed rather over-priced for what is really just a drive to the dunes, so we drove ourselves instead.

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Mr S & Ms J from Cymau, Wales
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

This is fairly new and up-market lodge in an enviable location. Set against a back-drop of rugged low lying mountains, with views across a vast plain to the dunes, there is a canyon on your door-step, and you can beat the hordes to the dunes as you're inside the gate and don't have the restriction of waiting for sun-rise to enter the area.

The chalets (mountain or dune view) won't fail to put a smile on even the most seasoned traveller's lips. You can sit on your balcony without seeing the other chalets due to the clever way they've staggered them. Food is of reasonably high standard, and drinks were surprisingly good value.

When we visited, however, the manager was away, and his deputy was standing in. He was eager to please, and helped sort out a booking mess up which threatened to spoil our stay. That said, during our 2 night's stay, there was an air or disorganisation about the place, culminating in us almost missing our balloon flight. We were told to meet at the reception at 6am. Wake-up calls had been arranged, but these never happened. There was nobody to meet us at 6 at the reception, except a security guard, who wasn't particularly helpful. By 6:10, we were concerned something had gone wrong. Knowing this was a balloon flight, we didn't have time to dither, and following the advice of the guard, decided to drive to the main gate, where we assumed our lift would be. There was nobody to drive us to the car-park. Normally this isn't a problem in the day, but it was pitch black, and you literally couldn't see where you were going without a torch. We eventually met our pick-up vehicle on the road, half way to the main gate.

Ultimately, the pick-up vehicle was late, and not the fault of the lodge, however, it just felt as though the lodge hadn't made to effort to supply at least one person who could be around to coordinate.

All the above aside, this is a great place to stay, and we would recommend staying here.

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Mr A & Mrs A - Twickenham
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Great location and views and very handy for the dunes and ballon ride (could save you 45 mins drive time each way compared with other lodges).

Food excellent but can be a problem if you go later. Lunch can take a while to get served. Rooms were stylish and well designed. Staff were very good and eager to please. Note that the Sundowner tour was good but probably not worth the cost.

P.S. you get a free minibar with the honeymon suite, though whether you can get through it all is another question!

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Mr B & Mrs C Flamingo
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

One of the highlights of the trip.

Staying inside the Namib-Naukluft park is recommended, as you have more time at the dunes for sunrise and sunset.

High quality accomodation - service is good but there is still problem with missing room keys!

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Group of 4 from Oxford
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

What a great location very peaceful, we did the sunrise balloon trip - awesome.

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Mr. D - Elegy
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

There was no room key, they had all been lost which was a little disconcerting.
the staff tried very hard to please, but did 'miss on occassion'. Most of the time if you asked for sparking water you received still, etc..

Rooms were very nice, light and airy. Pool was the best we found, it was warm enough to swim in. (none of the other lodges with pools were warm enough. Soussus Dune had a pool cover which was effective.

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Mr and Mrs Y from Ponteland
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Superb location for visiting the park as has a direct access to Sossusvlei so it is possible to make an early start. We did the sunrise trip to the dunes with the lodge which we would recommend and also a superb balloon trip booked for us by Expert Africa.

You can also easily walk to the impressive Sesriem Canyon. Spacious, comfortable room and bathroom with a good view from the verandah overlooking the dunes -the fridge in the room was a nice touch. It would have been useful to have had more information about the area and available activities in the room.

Food at dinner was disappointing and none of the good wines on the wine list were available. There is a large, comfortable bar/lounge area which is ideal for pre dinner drinks and watching sunset.

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Mr & Mrs F from Kent
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Again we had a great stay and the facilities were wonderful. The location was further from the dunes than we had envisaged and we could have spent 2 days rather than 3 - although one of the highlights of the holiday, which we would not have done in a 2 day stay, was the quad biking which was a real blast!! We also enjoyed a ballooning trip ... but not as much as the quad biking! Once again our guide (Rambo) was excellent.

Whilst lodge staff were charming this was the only place where we felt they were at times unreliable (although they did arrange both quad biking and ballooning excursions). Lunches seemed to take an age, early morning calls were unreliable, breakfasts were the worst we experienced but suppers were the best!

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