Camp Sossus: Our full report
Camp Sossus opened in April 2018.It is a semi permanent tented camp in the Greater Sossusvlei-Namib area in the Neuhof Nature Reserve. Operating between April and November and available only to book on an exclusive basis, it offers an exclusive and unique experience as a part of a guided trip round Namibia.
Formerly Sossus under Canvas we believe this is an exciting option in the Sossusvlei area. We have long known the experienced team behind it and whilst we have not yet visited ourselves we trust this will be a well-run operation with an emphasis on exceptional guiding.
We understand that Camp Sossus has eight Meru tents including two family units. Each tent will have an open-air en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and bucket shower.
There is a central lounge and dining area and a fireplace where guests can gather. We understand the camp is comfortable but perhaps a little more basic than some other options in the area – the focus here is on a real “under canvas” wilderness experience and guiding rather than luxury.
As a protection from the prevailing east winds, the tents will have natural stonewalls on the eastern side. The roofs will be built from recycled oil drums and recycled wood and metal will be used for the interiors too perhaps lending a more solid feel than the semi permanent design alludes to. The visual appearance of the camp aims to blend in with its environment and to be nearly invisible from a distance.
Using solar power and recycled materials for the construction will minimize the camp's environmental impact. Hence as with its sister camp Huab Under Canvas, Camp Sossus is aiming to be amongst the most eco-friendly camps in Namibia.
Activities at Camp Sossus focus on visits to Sossusvlei and nature drives in the private Neuhof Nature Reserve. A private guide will take guests on game drives and nature walks or arrange some stargazing or desert pool experiences. Further options include trips to a plateau with striking views over the Namib Desert, a multi-day walking safari or a night in the sleep out under the stars. The location also offers great possibilities for hot air ballooning and helicopter or fixed wing scenic flights.
We pride ourselves in keeping up to date with as many as possible of Namibia's camps, new and old, in order to give you an impartial opinion based on personal experience. While we haven't yet had a chance to visit Camp Sossus, we expect it to be an exclusive and authentic option for your safari holiday. Once we have more information and/or one of our team has visited, we'll post more details here.
Country manager: Namibia
- Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
- Ideal length of stay
- 2-3 nights
- The camp is only accessible with an Ultimate Guide.
- Accessible by
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board & Activities
- Private villas & houses
- Camp Sossus is booked on an exclusive basis. As a private camp you'll have the ultimate flexibility when it comes to exploring the dunes of Sosussvlei and surrounding areas with your guide.
- See ideas for Private villas & houses
- Attitude towards children
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Camp Sossus
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Camp Sossus have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.
Health & safety
- Medical care
- The nearest doctor is in Khorixas, 90km away.
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Fire safety
Guided walking safari
Hot air ballooning
Sleeping under the stars
- Disabled access
- On Request
Other lodges in Namib-Naukluft National Park
Alternative places to stay in this same area.
Kulala Desert Lodge
The comfortable Kulala Desert Lodge offers fantastic views of the Namib and a private gate to the Namib-Naukluft Park - a bonus on guided excursions.
BullsPort Lodge & Farm
A traditional Namibian farm, BullsPort offers warm hospitality and a genuine rural experience, with excellent hiking and horseriding.
Hoodia Desert Lodge
The owner-run Hoodia Desert Lodge offers a high standard of accommodation, delicious food and excellent service in a stunning, peaceful setting just 22km from Sesriem.
Sossus Dune Lodge
One of only two properties inside the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossus Dune Lodge has a superb location, for visiting the dunes.
With great-value accommodation in a lovely setting, Desert Homestead is a great base for exploring Sossusvlei.
Zebra River Lodge
Zebra River Lodge offers a range of hikes around the Tsaris Mountains from a comfortable and homely base.
A high-end lodge with spectacular views, Little Kulala, makes a great base for visits to Sossusvlei or a balloon ride over the Desert.
The igloo-style chalets at Rostock Ritz offer exceptional desert views and make a convenient stopover between Swakopmund & Sossusvlei.
Barkhan Dune Retreat
Barkhan Dune Retreat is a welcoming lodge close to the impressive Spreetshoogte Pass, majors on hiking and relaxation.
Sossusvlei Lodge is one of the larger options in this area. However, it occupies a convenient location next to the Sesriem gate into the Namib-Naukluft Park.
About 30km from the gate to Sossusveli, Namib Outpost is a great base for exploring the dunes and surrounding attractions.
Desert Camp is an economical option for independent travellers who want to self-cater, and is well situated for access to Sossusvlei.
Dead Valley Lodge
Dead Valley Lodge is inside the Namib-Naukluft National Park, affording guests almost unprecedented access to the dunes.
Desert Quiver Camp
Desert Quiver Camp is an economical option self-catering, well located for access to Sossusvlei.
Corona Guest Farm
In central Namibia, north-east of the Namib-Naukluft, Corona Guest Farm offers a traditional farm stay and rugged hiking.
Elegant Desert Lodge
Elegant Desert Lodge can be used as a base to visit Sossusvlei. It offers comfortable accommodation and facilities in the desert.
Namib Naukluft Lodge
Namib Naukluft Lodge offers clean, comfortable rooms with pretty views, although it's 60km from the Sesriem Gate into the Namib-Naukluft Park.
Le Mirage Lodge
Le Mirage Resort and Spa offers accommodation and a range of massage and beauty treatments in a Moroccan-style building in the desert.
Namib Desert Lodge
Namib Desert Lodge is a good budget option in the Namib-Naukluft although, it is further from Sossusvlei than we'd typically suggest.
Solitaire Country Lodge
Solitaire Country Lodge is a good stop-off on the way to Sossusvlei and can be used as a base to explore the Naukluft Mountains.
Desert Hills Camp
Conveniently located for the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei Desert Hills Glamping Camp offers a simple but comfortable tents in picturesque surroundings.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the area immediately surrounding Sossussvlei, Sonop offers a luxurious stay in a remote part of the Namib Desert.
A stylish offering giving access to the famous dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park as well as to activities on a private nature reserve.
Designed to emulate the appearance of a sociable weaver nest the opulent Nest at Sossus is arguably the most exclusive private property in the Sossuvlei area.